Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican, said today she will not for Congress again and challenge Democratic incumbent Rep. Dan Maffei in central New York.
Buerkle, in an email to supporters, said it was a difficult decision “but the right one for me at this time,” the Associated Press reported.
“Although I have decided not to run for office at this time, I look forward to pursuing other avenues that will allow me to continue to be politically involved,” Buerkle said, the Post-Standard reported.
“The details of what exactly the future holds in that regard remain to be seen, but I am excited to see what the next chapter holds,” she said.
Buerkle and Maffei have had close contests. She defeated him in 2010 by less than 600 votes, then lost to him last year in a close race.
Buerkle is currently a commissioner on the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission.