PRESCOTT - Carol Springer, who has represented Yavapai County's District 1 since 2004, has decided not to run for re-election in 2012.
"Next year will be my 20th year of public service, and I think it's time to step down," she said.
A former state senator and state treasurer, Springer said that the redistricting process dividing Yavapai County into five districts, which moved her home district from its power base, was not a factor.
The move opens up the race a bit wider. While all five seats are up for grabs, Supervisor Tom Thurman, District 2, said he will "absolutely" run next year.
"If the voters will have me, I plan on doing two more terms," said Thurman. He said it would be "detrimental to the county to have five new people (on the board) at one time."
Chip Davis, District 3, has yet to announce whether he will run.
Springer said she has "a lot of personal projects, and I'd like to do a little traveling" as well as possibly some writing.
Her time as a supervisor has been "wonderful," she said, and "an experience I would recommend to anybody."