2023 Cumberland County Republican Municipal Candidates

City of Fayetteville

  Freddie de la Cruz

I'm running for Mayor of Fayetteville

My pledge to the people is an accountable, civil, and efficient form of governance.

My priorities are safety and security, economic development, infrastructure improvements, and reduction of property taxes.

I am a born again believer, family man, conservative, and local business owner. I am the seventh of nine children. I married my best friend, Venus Recod, in 1983. We have been married for over 38 Years with 6 children and 12 grandchildren. I have a proven record as an accountable leader with integrity. Venus and I are settled and ready to serve the people of Fayetteville. Read more at freddieformayor.com Thank you for your support. God Bless America.

  • Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with a Top-Secret SCI Clearance.
  • Lived in the Fayetteville Area since 1975
  • Attended Pine Forest HS; Alumnus FTCC
  • Distinguished Military Graduate at Campbell University with Bachelors of Business Admin.
  • 32 Years of US Army service; 5 years in a combat zone.
  • Commanded the largest Military Police Battalion in Iraq.
  • Deputy Director of Training and Exercises Korea.
  • Operational Protection Officer and Security Advisor during Plan Columbia Drug War.
  • Deputy Brigade Commanding Officer.
  • Diplomat and Senior Security Advisor to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian Secret Service.
  • Strategic Planner During the largest rotation of personnel and equipment since WW2 in Kuwait.
  • Deputy Provost Marshall for USARPAC.
  • Awards: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and 8 MSM's
  • Owner of Venus Vogue Weddings and Formals.
  • Owner of The Venue at Venus Vogue.
  • Owner of Fayetteville Limousine Service.

City Council

District 2 (one seat)                               
  Gail Morfesis

 For far too long I have followed local politics where it appears that decisions are made which are not fiscally responsible. I am very committed to our city witnessed thru my work with nonprofit organizations thus rather than complain I am willing to roll up my sleeves and work for change. How can Fayetteville be the "Can Do City" if we don't have A "Can Do City Council ." The issue of downtown paid parking is just one of many issues which have hurt our  businesses while we are losing about a million dollars a year in costs.  Not proper use of taxpayer dollars nor a productive solution.

I feel I am competent to contribute to a better job for our citizens due to my active work in the business and arts community as a professor at UNCP and my cooperative work at FSU, FTCC and Methodist as well as with The Arts Council of Fayetteville, The Lafayette Society, Gilbert Theater, Heritage Square Historical Society and many more deserving service organizations. I am a local business owner.

  Laura Mussler

My family and I move to Cumberland County in 1996 as a military wife.  Once a single mother I chose to stay here to build a solid foundation and set roots down for my children. Starting in the restaurant business I moved my way up to become a training manager for other managers in North Carolina, so I have learned how to communicate effectively and work together with others toward a common goal.

I want to represent District 2 in the city of Fayetteville because I feel our “representatives” seem to have forgotten about the people, like me, they are supposed to represent. 

I invite you to contact me at [email protected] to discuss any concerns or ideas you may have for the future of the city.


District 5 (one seat)
  Johnny Dawkins
  Lynne Greene
  Fred LaChance


Town of Hope Mills

  Jessie Bellflowers


Jessie Bellflowers serves as the General Business Administration Department Chair at FTCC. Mr. Bellflowers also served on the Town of Hope Mills Board of Commissioners for two terms. He is an Institute for Community Leadership Graduate and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

Jessie Bellflowers was elected in 2015-1016 to serve as the North Carolina State Commander for the VFW and as a National Liaison for the Student Veterans of America. He served 26 years in the US Army.

Jessie Bellflowers is committed to improving quality of life, economic development, public safety, recreational opportunities and preserving the history of the Hope Mills community. He offers continued vision, smart planning and results-driven leadership.

 Jessie Bellflowers is married to wife Bambi and the couple has one adult child: Jessica; and, three grandchildren: Alyssa, Jocelyn, and Jolene.

  Jackie Warner

Jackie Warner was elected Mayor of Hope Mills in 2011 to present.

Raised in Fayetteville and a Massey Hill HS graduate. Went on to earn a bachelors in teaching followed by a masters degree in Administration. Became the first female high school athletic director in Cumberland County. Worked as a principal at 3 different Cumberland County schools.

Small business owner, married to Alex Warner, mother of two and grandmother of five. Currently serves in the Mid Carolina Council and the NC Senior Tarheel Legislators. Serves as Chairman of the Cumberland County Mayors Coalition, member and former chairman of FAMPO, Mayors Alliance, VFW Womens Auxiliary Post 10630, Hope Mills Chamber of Commerce & Kiwanis Club. Member of Hope Mills Highland Baptist Church.

Town Commissioner (5 seats)

  Mark Hess

My name is Mark Hess. I'm running for a position on the Hope Mills Board of Commissioners. I was Born and raised in Iowa, a wonderful area and time to grow up. My parents were loving and caring. I was raised with 3 brother's and a small but close group of friends.

I served 22 years in the U.S. Army with most of it served here on Fort Bragg with time in the 82nd Airborne, USASOC, and 3rd Special SFG (A). I completed tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

I have lived in Hope Mills for 31 years, choosing the hometown feel of Hope Mills over the large city of Fayetteville. After much thought, I have decided to seek this position because I see Hope Mills becoming Fayetteville with its issues of crime, traffic, and rapid growth. An undesirable fate for the city I have spent half my life in.

Hope Mills is at a crossroads. Do we keep our little town atmosphere, or do we let it slip into a Fayetteville Suburb with high crime, incredible traffic issues, taxes, and growing homeless problems.

Let's keep Hope Mills our hometown.

  Bryan Marley
  Joanne Scarola
  Patrick Mitchell

Town of Eastover

Mayor (unopposed)
  Charles McLaurin

Town Council (3 seats)
  Stan Crumpler
  Cheryl Hudson

Town of Falcon

Mayor (unopposed)
  Wayne Lucas

Town Commissioner (4 seats)
  Verna Brigman
  R Wayne Dunning, Sr
  Larry Lovick


Town of Godwin

Town Commissioner (4 seats)
  Scarlet Hall

Town of Linden

Town Commissioner (5 seats)
  Francis Overby

Town of Stedman

Town Commissioner (3 seats)
  Joseph Manuel
  Ralph Vogt

Town of Wade

Town Commissioner (5 seats)
  Jennifer Weaver