CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Sen. Erik Wells announced Friday that he won't run for the U.S. House of Representatives next year, when the state's 2nd Congressional District seat opens up.
Wells, a Kanawha County Democrat and the husband of Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, said that he would run for re-election to the state Senate.
"While I seriously considered running for Congress, there are other priorities in my life at this moment that I need to concentrate on," Wells said in a statement.
"It's clear to me that the greatest good I can do for our state, at this time, can be accomplished in the state Legislature. I have been proud of my work to put students first in education and my work with both the business and labor communities," he said. "But more importantly, I want to continue to help West Virginians who are returning from war zones receive the help and support they need and have earned."
The 2nd District seat is now held by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who has said she will run for the U.S. Senate next year. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., has said he will retire from that seat.