Jerome A. Ingram and Algene Johnson
have joined a field of candidates seeking two seats up for election to the Southern Pines Town Council
Ingram, a former councilman, and Johnson
, a newcomer to town politics, paid their fees Friday morning as the noon filing deadline approached.
...Johnson has been a medical secretary at McCain Correct-ional Center hospital for the 16 years.
This is her
first bid for elective office. She
said Felton Capel, a prominent business owner and West Southern Pines civic leader, Mayor Pro Tem Fred Walden
and Councilman Mike Haney encouraged her
to run.Johnson is a 1968 graduate of Berkeley High School in Aberdeen.She graduated from Sandhills Community College in May with an associateÕs degree in information systems.She
returned to Moore County in 1989, after living in New York State for 18 years.She earned a medical secretarial degree from State University of New York in Farmington.She
is a divorced mother with three grown sons.She has served as secretary of the Moore County Branch of the NAACP for seven years and is a member of the West Southern Pines Civic Club.She serves as the layperson health adviser for the Moore Women Who Care, breast cancer awareness group.
Walden, who is a volunteer and a minister at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital
, is a member of that group.She was membership chairman of the Aberdeen Elementary School PTA and is active in her church, St. John Baptist in Aberdeen.She
believes the municipal pool should remain open at the Pool Park in West Southern Pines
said now that sheÕs completed school while working full time, she
wants to serve the entire town of Southern Pines.