CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The idea has been bandied about for weeks, but Kanawha County Delegate Doug Skaff isn't ready to officially say if he's running for U.S. Congress.
The Democrat "will be making an announcement sometime after the middle of May," according to a press release distributed Monday.
"After careful thought I have not ruled out the possibility of running for the 2nd Congressional District seat," Skaff said in the release.
"I owe it to those who elected me to represent my Delegate District and now that session is completed I can focus on how I may be able to continue to serve the great people of this region and state."
Skaff is chairman of the House committee on Energy, Industry & Labor/ Economic Development & Small Business, serves on the finance committee and is one of several assistant majority whips. He's been in the House since 2008.
He said he's going through the due diligence of examining a serious run, including speaking with party higher-ups in Washington, D.C. and talking with local people about the day-to-day operations of a congressional campaign.
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who currently represents the 2nd Congressional District, announced in late 2012 she would vie for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. Rockefeller announced shortly thereafter he would retire, adding that it had nothing to do with Capito's decision.
Democrats and Republicans alike have hinted at running for Congress since Capito's announcement, but none have officially declared for the race.
Prominent GOP candidates interested in a run include House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha; Senate Minority Leader Mike Hall, R-Putnam; Delegate Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha; Delegate Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha; and former state senator and delegate Steve Harrison.
Other Democrats who've shown interest include Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, her husband and Kanawha County Sen. Erik Wells and Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson.