Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Former Republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle announced on Wednesday that she will not run in the 2014 election.
In 2010, Buerkle defeated incumbent Dan Maffei, winning by fewer than 570 votes.
She lost to her Democratic rival in 2012 when Maffei ran for office once again.
In a statement to media and supporters regarding her decision not run, Buerkle said, “The outpouring of support and encouragement I received to run again has been humbling. Deciding not to do so was a difficult decision, but it is the right one for me at this time.”
Buerkle currently serves as a commissioner on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
She told supporters in an email that she will remain active in social and political affairs.
“Although I have decided not to run for office at this time, I look forward to pursuing other avenues that will allow me to continue to be politically involved. The details of what exactly the future holds in that regard remain to be seen, but I am excited to see what the next chapter holds,” she said.
Republicans have not indicated who will challenge Maffei for New York’s 24th Congressional District in 2014.