Kimberly Mitchell-Walker, one of two African Americans on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board, says she won’t seek re-election this fall.
Mitchell-Walker, the sister of Charlotte City Council member James Mitchell Jr., was picked to fill the District 2 seat left vacant when longtime board member Vilma Leake resigned to become a county commissioner. She previously had been a CMS secretary. Mitchell-Walker resigned from that job because board members cannot work for the district.
In a statement e-mailed Thursday, Mitchell-Walker said she decided not to run because of family considerations.
Richard McElrath, a retired teacher, already had begun campaigning for Mitchell-Walker’s seat.
At least three of the board’s nine seats will be filled by newcomers in December. Board chair Molly Griffin and board member Larry Gauvreau both have said they won’t seek re-election.
James Ross, the board’s other African American, has said he does plan to run in November.
McElrath also is African American.