Published: Feb 11, 2014 3:06 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Byron Donalds of Collier County, released a statement this afternoon, saying he will not be a candidate for the District 19 Congressional seat.

Donalds is a Republican with strong ties to the Tea Party in this area.

He said he wants to concentrate on improving our education system. Donalds was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees at Edison State College.