Guilford County Board of Commissioners – 1992-2012
Family and Community:
Skip Alston is a native of Durham, North Carolina. He was educated in the Durham City School System and continued his education at North Carolina Central University, with a major in Business Administration.
Skip Alston moved to Greensboro, North Carolina in 1979.
Skip is married to the former Gwendolyn Wade, who is Vice President of The Alston Realty Group, Inc. and a Licensed Real Estate Broker. He has two sons, DeSean Alston age 31, who is also a Licensed Real Estate Broker working in Savannah Ga. and Ryan Alston age 21, Assistant Property Manager for The Alston Realty Group, Inc.
Skip Alston’s civic involvement includes: Former President of the Greensboro Branch NAACP, 1991-1993, First-Vice President, North Carolina State Conference of Branches of the NAACP, 1987-1996 and a Member of the National Board of Trustees for the NAACP, 1987-2006. He was also former member and Chairman of the Greensboro ABC Board, 1987-1993 and County liaison to the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 2008-2012.
Skip and his family are faithful members of St. James Baptist Church.
Business and Professional:
Skip Alston started S & J Management Corporation, now The Alston Realty Group, Inc., in June 1982. An important part of the Guilford Real Estate community, specializing in Property management and Real Estate sales. The Alston Realty Group, Inc. currently employs 4 Licensed Real Estate Brokers, 16 full time employees and is currently managing properties in the Greensboro area valued at over 25 million dollars.
"Guilford County and the state Senate will both be better off if Alston represents state Senate District 28. he does get things done. I don’t think he’s going to be satisfied to sit on the sidelines and watch other people run the state. This is not to say that Alston is going to become a conservative, but it does mean he is going to look for issues that are not partisan where he can work with the Republicans to do what is best for Guilford County and for the state."
Melvin “Skip” Alston was 10 years old in 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Vowing to follow in his hero’s footsteps, Alston charted a course in business, politics and service that would make him one of the most influential people in his community.
Alston grew up in Durham and moved to Greensboro, where he started his own real estate firm. He soon joined the NAACP, serving on the national board from 1987 to 2006 and as president of the Greensboro branch from 1991 to 1993.
In 1992, Alston was elected to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, where he served for 20 years and became the first African-American chairman in 2003. “A lot of blacks before me were more qualified than I was,” Alston said. “They were not given that opportunity because of the color of their skin.”
Alston helped launch Sit-In Movement Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to buying the historic Woolworth building in Greensboro where the sit-in movement began in 1960. The building now houses the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.
Alston formally unveiled his campaign for the 28th State Senate District during an event Dec. 4 in Greensboro. Alston’s campaign reports that he raised $50,460 for the three-month quarter that ended Dec. 31, compared to $8,850 during the same period for Robinson’s campaign.
"Former Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston, who this year is challenging NC Sen. Gladys Robinson for the District 28 seat that she holds and is seeking again, just got a little ammunition for his campaign courtesy of the NC Center for Public Policy Research, which ranked Robinson as one of the state’s two least effective senators...."
RhinoTimes, April 10, 2014
"Alston said that he chose to run for the 28th State Senate District because he believes he can be more effective than Robinson, who surveys of state legislators have indicated is one of the least effective members of the state Senate."
"“I have 20 years in politics,” he said, “and that experience is in local politics – that’s where the rubber meets the road.”
He said that his work as a commissioner, as president of the state branch of the NAACP, and in the many other state and local positions he’s held, has qualified him well for state office."
"Alston said he plans a listening tour this month, then he’ll roll out a detailed campaign platform. He said that after his 20 years as a county commissioner, voters know what they’re going to get."
“I will be a strong voice for the education necessary for our children’s future, for the most vulnerable in our community and for the unemployed and the underemployed and to the underserved,” he said."
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1610-A East Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401