Speaker Shekarchi says he won’t run for congress this year

This is a photo of House Speaker Joe Shekarchi (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — House speaker Joseph Shekarchi announced he will not be running for congress this year.

Shekarchi released a statement to ABC6 News that detailed his reasoning behind holding off on a campaign.

“The outpouring of support I’ve received to run for Congress — from friends, family, neighbors, supporters, advocates, community leaders, elected officials and well wishers both [in Rhode Island] and beyond — has been humbling,” Shekarchi said.

“At this time however, I believe I can do more to help our state by continuing my role as speaker,” he continued.

Shekarchi said this decision is not a political one, but one made after consulting family, close friend and other members of the State House.

“While I will not be a candidate for congress this year, I look forward to continuing to work with partners in federal, state and local government to bring people together and improve the lives of Rhode Islanders,” he concluded.

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