Bailey's decision guarantees that at least four members of the expanded seven member board that will take office after the November election will be non incumbents and could make it tougher for Democrats to maintain a majority on the board.
Bailey said that over the holidays, "I just sat down and did a personal analysis of what I want to do in the future, and I've got a Harden 1 Christmas bucket list of things," like traveling and watching a grandson play baseball at Clemson University.
Commissioner Bill Stanley, also a Democrat, said in December that he will not seek re election.
Democrats. Legislation passed by the Republican controlled General Assembly last year provided that the next board will have seven members and that all members but the chairman will be elected by district.
Bailey, well known because of his years heading A B Tech and involvement in community projects, was the leading vote getter among commissioners in the 2008 race.
In his role at the EDC, he was intimately involved last year in persuading auto parts maker Linamar to locate a large manufacturing plant in the former Volvo plant in Skyland.
"I think you'd have to look far and wide to find anybody to say anything bad about Ray Bailey. He's a giant in our community," Gantt said.
Bailey is also chairman of the Economic Development Commission of Asheville Buncombe County and serves on the boards of the A B Tech Foundation and the state community college system.
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Bailey, a popular 70 year old Democrat, was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2008, just a little more than a year after he stepped down as president of Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College.
Bailey won't run for another term as county commissioner
Gantt, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, said he will miss Bailey's "wonderful sense of humor, great sense of people."
FAIRVIEW Buncombe County Commissioner K. Ray Bailey will not seek another term in office this year, saying he wants to Adidas Energy Boost 2 Price
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