While rumors have circulated that State Sen. Erik Wells, D-Kanawha, would run for U.S. Congress in 2014, the two-term senator announced Friday he will instead seek re-election to the West Virginia Legislature.
"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. "First and foremost, I need to be a better husband and father and dedicate my time to my family. I have spent far too much time away in the last few years. They deserve more from me and the campaign would have taken valuable time away that needs to be spent with them,."Wells said he made the decision not to run around the middle of the regular legislative session in March. He will officially file pre-candidacy papers for state Senate on Monday. He has run for Congress before, taking on Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in 2004.
Capito announced last year she would run for U.S. Senate next year. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., plans to retire at the end of his current term.
It is unclear so far who will run for Capito's current seat: no big-name candidates from either party have officially announced they would run. It also is unclear which Democrats will run against Capito for Rockefeller's seat.