County commissioner Carolyn Alford will not seek reelection. She is a democrat who has represented the minority-majority district since 2006. It isn't clear who will run for this seat, but commissioner Robert Barnard deferred to Alford in 2012.
Kalamazoo County Commissioner Carolyn Alford won't seek re-election in 2014
This means that a majority of the Kalamazoo County Commission will be new next year, as four commissioners are running for state representative, and two are just retiring. Only two of the remaining commissioners were in office before 2010. These are Republican Jeff Heppler and democrat John Taylor, who were both elected in 2002. They are probably the favorites to be the leaders of the commission next year.