Merced County Supervisor Kathleen Crookham will not seek re-election in June, she announced Thursday.
A retired teacher and school principal, Crookham was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1996. She was re-elected in 2000 and 2004.
“I think it’s just the right time to go,” she said in an interview Thursday afternoon. “I think I’m ending on a positive note. I think it’s been a successful 12 years. I know I haven’t pleased everyone with every decision I’ve made, but I’ve worked hard and I’m proud of my record.”
Crookham’s decision clears the way for a host of potential candidates who’ve expressed interest in representing the county’s second district, which includes the city of Merced.