Delegate Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha, has decided against running for U.S. House next year.
Nelson told the Daily Mail last year he was considering a run for the House of Representatives and said last month he would make a firm decision within the next 30 days.
He visited Washington, D.C. to talk with interested parties, including the National Republican Congressional Committee.
In the end, he said business interests and family issues made him decide against a congressional campaign. Nelson, who runs a financial consulting firm, said he could not find anyone to manage his business interests while he campaigned. He's also the primary caretaker of his 83-year-old father.
"This is just my third year in politics," he said. "I think I have demonstrated the ability to look at things in a common sense approach. One doesn't need to jump too quick."
Nelson said he now plans to stay in the House of Delegates, where he hopes the GOP will become the majority party in 2014. There currently are 46 Republicans in the 100-member House.
Young Democrats of America President Rod Snyder also announced Monday he would not run for U.S. House in 2014.
Snyder said in late April he was considering a run for Capito's current seat, but he now has decided against a campaign because of the "personal and professional sacrifices" it would require.
"It's a little easier if you're independently wealthy to take a year off to do that. Realistically, looking at the situation ... it's just such a huge commitment. For me, at age 33 without having decades of professional experience ... it's tough," he said.
Snyder said he now lends his full support to Nick Casey, the Charleston lawyer who recently announced his candidacy for U.S. House.
"I think that he is someone who I can easily get behind and support. I don't feel we're leaving anybody without a solid candidate," he said.
Snyder's term as Young Democrats president will come to an end in August. He said he still plans to run for office sometime in the future but now is just looking for another job.
"I may go and do some less partisan work, which would be nice," he said.
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