Seth McKinney Dropping Out of Race for State House Seat

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Former A&M football player Seth McKinney sent a statement to News 3 Sunday stating he has decided not to run for the Texas House of Representatives seat for District 14.

The following is a statement sent to News 3 by McKinney:

"After much thoughtful prayer and consideration, my family and I have decided this is not the right time for me to seek the position of Texas State Representative for District 14. I will continue to work for the benefit of the people of Brazos County and the State of Texas in other ways. I am thankful to all those who voiced early support for my candidacy.

Seth McKinney"

The long-time representative of District 14, Fred Brown of Bryan, resigned from the seat last week after deciding to move out of the district to Salado to run a car dealership in Temple.

McKinney, who is now in public finance in Bryan-College Station, played 8 years in the NFL after a stellar career at Texas A&M as a lineman from 1998 to 2001.

He's also the son of former Texas A&M System Chancellor Mike McKinney.

He told News 3 last week he thought he'd make a good lawmaker because of his vested interest in public education.

"Public school finance is one of the things that, you know, really hits home for me. I have 3 children in College Station I.S.D, or 2 children in College Station I.S.D., one's going to be there next year, also make 3. But that's something I care about deeply, the welfare of the school children, not only in the state, but our area."

McKinney also said he did not think his dad's ties to Governor Rick Perry will have an adverse effect on him running for office.

News 3's John Gilbert contributed to this report.