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McKinney announces candidacy for Baldwin Senate District 32 seat

Gulf Shores, AL – Citing a desire to improve public education, strengthen ethics in government and provide tax relief to Alabama families, State School Board Member Randy McKinney Monday announced he will seek the District 32 Senate seat recently vacated by Bradley Byrne.

“I have been proud to stand side-by-side with Gov. (Bob) Riley in addressing the problems in the two-year system and other areas of education, and I deeply appreciate the confidence he placed in me by appointing me to the State School Board,” McKinney said.  “As a member of the State Senate, I will continue working closely with Gov. Riley as we implement the many ethical, government and education reforms Alabama so desperately needs. I will also work tirelessly to provide tax relief to Alabama’s families and small businesses.”

The Gulf Shores businessman was originally appointed to the State School Board by Riley in September of 2003 and has been allied with the governor on education issues since that time. Voters elected McKinney to his own term in 2004.

“I plan to take my experience on the state school board and my passion for education to the State Senate so that we can implement the reforms and programs needed to provide our children with the world-class public education they deserve,” McKinney said.  “Scandals in the two-year college system and other areas of state government show that we must tighten the ethical requirements we demand from public officials, and I will devote my time in the State Senate toward achieving that goal.”

McKinney said his campaign will announce specific initiatives in coming days to address these and other important issues facing the state.

McKinney is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Birmingham School of Law. 

McKinney has served as an assistant district attorney in Baldwin County and now works in several areas related to real estate, including title insurance, real estate brokerage, tax deferred 1031 exchanges and real estate office development. McKinney was named Baldwin County Realtor of the Year in 1999.

He and his wife, Betsy, have been married for 29 years and have two grown children, Clarissa and Andrew.

Byrne stepped down to accept a position as chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system.

The special election to fill the Senate 32 seat is scheduled for Aug. 7.

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