State Senator Ellie Kinnaird will seek another term, she announced today.

Kinnaird, who represents Orange and Person counties, considered retiring two cycles ago, but ran again after she couldn’t find a female willing to run for her seat. Now, buoyed by recent success with the Racial Justice Act and the anti-bullying bill and a change in Senate leadership, she says she’s eager for the campaign ahead.

“Certainly it’s a tough decision every time, but I felt at that time I was not able to move forward with some of the issues that I thought were so important, and we really turned that around,” she said.

Kinnaird served as Carrboro mayor from 1987 to 1995 and says she wants to focus on alternative energy, mental health and tax reform, if re-elected.

“It’s going to be a very interesting year because I think what we have built on is very important to keep,” she said.

“We understand that revenues are down even further, and it’s very important that we do not lose our services to citizens.”

Kinnaird is the first candidate to announce plans to run for the seat. The filing period for the 2010 election opens Feb. 6 and runs until Feb. 26. The first primary is slated for May 4 with the general election set for Nov. 2.