"I love my district. I say that from my heart because they stand with me. They have learned to trust me. They believe in me," she said. "It's not something that I take lightly."
But Poore said she does not mind leaving the seat to pursue other opportunities.
"Leaders step up," she said. "I want to help people and I want to do right by this state. I want to know I'm giving all that I have for the state of West Virginia."
She said running for Congress would give her the opportunity to represent those constituents on the federal level.
Former Gov. Joe Manchin appointed Poore to the House of Delegates in 2009, after Carrie Webster left to become a Kanawha circuit judge. She has been re-elected twice since then, in 2010 and 2012.
Poore is a West Side native and a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. She received her law degree at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, La., and worked as a Kanawha public defender for five years before joining the Dooley Law Firm.
Although the House of Delegates has 100 members, Poore is one of only three black members. The other two are Clif Moore, D-McDowell, and Charlene Marshall, D-Monongalia.
Speaking on Hoppy Kercheval's "Talkline" radio show Monday morning, Poore said she does not believe race will be an issue in her upcoming campaign.
"I think people want someone that's going to work hard for them," she said.
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