State Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, is considering running for Congress.
“I’m not closing the door because I think this is a tremendous opportunity to win this seat when it’s an open seat,” she said in a telephone interview on Friday.
Little said “a few people” encouraged her to run after U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election.
Little is among several Republicans who have been considering entering the race, even as county Republican committees are midway through an endorsement process.
Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan, who had been considering the race, announced Friday she will not run.
“I gave it careful consideration, but I really love my job and I love my family even more, and my most important responsibilities are right here,” she said. “So I am not running.”
Little said Friday she had been planning to seek re-election to her state Senate seat, but it is important for Republicans to take back the congressional seat that had long been held by Republicans until Owens was elected in a 2009 special election.
Little said she does not have a time frame for making a decision.
“I just hope that the Republican National Committee, the state and the local county chairs take their time and pick the candidate that can win,” she said.
Also on Friday morning, Elise Stefanik, one of three declared Republican candidates announced a key endorsement from Douglas Hoffman, the Conservative candidate who challenged Owens in the 2009 special election and in 2010.
“I am proud to support Elise and strongly believe she has the work ethic and conservative values to fight in Washington on behalf of the 21st Congressional District,” Hoffman, an accountant from Lake Placid, said in a news release.
Stefanik is a businesswoman and former White House policy adviser from Willsboro.
The other declared Republican candidates are Joseph Gilbert, a retired Army major and tea party leader from St. Lawrence County, and Michael Ring, a broadcast engineer and political activist from Jefferson County.
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