State Rep. John Forgety (R-Athens) has announced he will not seek re-election to his seat as representative of Tennessee's 23rd House District, which covers all of McMinn County and parts of Monroe County.

In a letter to his constituents submitted to The Daily Post-Athenian, Forgety stated the following:

"To the citizens of the 23rd District of the Tennessee House of Representatives of McMinn and Monroe counties. After a great deal of prayer and consideration, Faye and I have decided that it would be best if I were to retire from the House of Representatives as of November 2018. I will be finishing my fourth and current term of the 110th General Assembly, but will not be seeking re-election.

"Serving the people of the 23rd District is truly an honor and a privilege. I am forever grateful that you have allowed me to serve four terms in this office. My experience in office is and has been a blessing to Faye and me. It is graphically obvious that the democracy and government of the people, by the people, and for the people truly works.

"If I can be of service during my final year in office, do not hesitate to contact me.

"May the good Lord hold you in the palm of his hand and bless you and keep you, and may he continue to shed his wondrous grace on the great State of Tennessee and the United States of America."

Forgety was first elected in November 2010 and has served in the 107th through 110th Tennessee General Assemblies. A retired educator and former McMinn County Director of Schools, Forgety currently serves as chairman of the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee.

Forgety will retire from the Tennessee House of Representatives in November 2018. His vacant seat will be on the ballot in that month's election.

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