(WXYZ) - Debbie Dingell says she will not be running for the US Senate.
Dingell had been considered one of the front runners for the seat, following the announcement by Senator Carl Levin that he would not be running for re-election.
Dingell's announcement came in an email message. It reads as follows:
I hadn't planned to spend much time this year thinking about running for the Senate. I'd planned to spend my time working hard to reelect Carl Levin, as well as good Democrats up and down the ticket, including, needless to say, John Dingell.
When Carl Levin announced he would not seek reelection, those plans changed. Close friends, complete strangers, political allies and business colleagues encouraged me to take a long, hard look at running for the Senate myself - and that's what I have done.
I love my state, and the people who make up the fabric of our communities. I've lived here my whole life, my roots are here; I am a Michigan girl born and bred……and I can tell you this: we can work through these tough times to a much better future. We don't back down, we don't quit, and we don't give up, no matter how many times we get knocked down. Standing up for our communities and for our families is how I define the job of representing Michigan in Washington, and it's a job I know I would be honored to have. It's also no secret that I think we need more women in the Senate and in the House, and there was an attraction to potentially being the junior member of an All-Debbie Senate delegation.
But I think it is critical that Democrats unite behind one candidate for what will be a difficult and expensive race, and it's one of the reasons I have concluded that now is not the time for me to run for the United States Senate. We have good candidates like Gary Peters considering running, and a primary would be divisive at a time that cries out for unity. As someone who has spent much of my career working to bring people together, it just didn't feel right to take this step now. There may be a time when elective office is the right choice for me, but this was not it.
I want to thank everyone for the encouragement, for the support, and for the friendship that I've experienced during this brief, but intense time. I look forward to working with all of you, side by side, to elect Democrats in 2014.