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CANDIDATE TO END TERM AT NAACP\ RUNNING FOR COMMISSIONER
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CANDIDATE TO END TERM AT NAACP\ RUNNING FOR COMMISSIONER

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Melvin ``Skip' Alston won't try for another term as Greensboro NAACP president.

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Melvin ``Skip' Alston, a shoe-in next month for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, has decided not to wear two hats after all.

Alston said Wednesday that he won't seek another two-year term as president of the Greensboro NAACP, in order to fully concentrate on what would be his duties as a commissioner.Alston, 35, a Democrat, is unopposed Nov. 3 for the District 8 seat, which will represent parts of central, eastern and southern Greensboro on the Board of Commissioners.

Alston had said when filing for the commissioners' seat last spring that he planned to keep his position at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. But in reconsidering, Alston said, he didn't want to ``stretch myself so thin' to cheat either group from full representation.

``With (commissioners) Steve Arnold and Dean Dull and the other Republicans who might be on the board, it's going to require my full attention in order to bring the county commissioners back to some type of respectability in the community,' Alston said.

``Dealing with the issues of the NAACP and also of the county commissioners, I don't think that I could adequately do both.'

Alston, who also owns S&J Management Corp. real estate company, said he has not been pressured to give up the NAACP presidency.

The new commissioners' board will be sworn in Dec. 7. The NAACP elections are Dec. 12. Alston endorses former NAACP president B.J. Battle to take over the job. David Dansby, a former NAACP president who ran against Alston two years ago, also is running.

And while he won't be the president of the local group, Alston said, he will remain active in local and state NAACP affairs.

He will keep his posts as first vice president of the state NAACP and member of the national NAACP board of directors.

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