After weeks of consideration, Rep. John Sarbanes said Friday that he will not run for the seat being left vacant by retiring Sen. Barbara A.Mikulski.
"After giving careful consideration to the open race for Senate, I have decided to pursue re-election to my seat in the House of Representatives," Sarbanes said in a statement. "I am particularly excited to be leading efforts in the House of Representatives to reform our broken campaign finance system so that we can restore the public’s faith in our democracy."
On some levels the announcement was not a surprise: Sarbanes had not been actively raising money for the seat or sending others signals that he might run. On the other hand, his high name recognition -- his father was longtime Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes -- meant that Sarbanes could have been a real threat if he ran. Sarbanes has become a national voice on campaign finance reform issues.
The only two announced candidates in the high-profile race are Reps. Donna F. Edwards of Prince George’s County and Chris Van Hollen of Montgomery County.
"There is much more to do. We must mitigate the effects of climate change, bolster our nation's renewable energy capacity, better connect our youth with the outdoors, protect the Chesapeake Bay and improve the quality of health care for every American," he said "I look forward to tackling these and other challenges on behalf of the residents of Maryland’s Third Congressional District."