Angel wants to stay in this Washington and will run for re-election this year.
Republicans had encouraged her to run to succeed the retiring Dicks. Now they are left hoping either another candidate with a track record will come forward, or that one of two less well-known candidates, Jesse Young or Doug Cloud, can win.
The sole Democrat in the race for now remains Sen. Derek Kilmer, a three-term legislator.
If Kilmer goes to D.C., it would open up a new opportunity for Angel, who could run in 2013 to fill out the rest of his term in the Senate.
That “definitely would be something i would think about,” Angel said.
The district’s other lawmaker, Democrat Larry Seaquist, said he plans to stay put if he wins re-election to the House and the Senate seat opens up.
Here’s what Angel said in a statement:
I have been truly honored by those that have asked me to consider running for the 6th Congressional Seat; however, I love working for and representing the people of the 26th District, as their State Representative. I love our State and the beautiful area we live and work in. I will be asking you to rehire me. There is much work yet to be done and it would truly be my honor to again represent the people of the 26th District.