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May 21--  The chairman of the Toombs County Commission is not running for re-election.

{mosimage}After one term in office, Chairman Buddy West says there are some potential career opportunities which influenced his decision not to run.

"Right there are some potential opportunities which I'm seeking which have just come to light in the last week or so and I just don't feel like I can commit to another term," he said.

Chairman West is the first county chairman to operate under the county manager form of government and he believes it was the right thing to do for Toombs County.

"It's brought a new level of professionalism and raised the bar tremendously in the county.  We have definitely found some things and changed some things and I feel like it's a good accomplishment so far.  We still have seven months  and we've got things to do.  The commissioners are going to work just as hard on some projects and we're going to work to complete them," he said.

West is the third Toombs County commissioner to announce he is not seeking re-election.  Previously Commissioners Skeeter Toole and Louie Powell said they are not running again.