Guilford County, NC -- The chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2012.
Skip Alston made the announcement in a news release Monday afternoon.
"It has been my privilege and honor to represent the residents of District 8 and serve the citizens of Guilford County since 1992," said Alston in the release. "As a Commissioner, I have been committed to promoting diverse and inclusive government in all areas of Guilford County and I truly believe I have made a difference in those areas."
Alston was appointed as the first African-American Chairman of the Board Of Commissioners in 2002.
Alston has not announced his future plans, only saying that he will work to promote Guilford County and looks forward "to serving my community in other capacities."
On the same day as Alston's announcement, county commissioner Billy Yow filed to run to represent District 6 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Yow said that he believes redistricting has opened District 6 representation to many more rural areas. He said he believes he will appeal to these new voters.
Howard Coble has held the seat since 1985. The two will face off in the May primary.
District 6 covers portions of Guilford, Alamance, Randolph, Chatham, Lee, Moore, Harnett and the northern part of Cumberland County.