West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Mike Stuart on Tuesday ended speculation he would run in the 2012 election.
“[...] I do not intend to be a candidate for public office in 2012,” Stuart said in an email to the media. “I am confident, however, that incredible candidates that reflect my urgency to change direction and build a more positive future will emerge as the West Virginia Republican Party offers an alternative to our failed economic history and the status quo.”
Stuart, a lawyer, hadn’t dismissed the possibility of running for office and said in a conversation in the weeks before the Oct. 4 gubernatorial election that he hadn’t yet made up his mind. If Stuart had decided to run, his candidacy could have prompted him to take leave from the party or cost him his party chairmanship. Stuart has been chairman since summer 2010.