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Former state Sen. Mike Oliverio announced Dec. 16 he will not seek the Democratic nomination to run against Rep. David McKinley for West Virginia's 1st Congressional District seat.

Oliverio, from Monongalia County, announced on his Facebook page he would not run for the seat, currently occupied by McKinley, a Republican.

"I have decided today to not declare myself a candidate for Congress in 2012," he posted on his wall. "I sincerely appreciate the hard work and contributions of individuals, organizations and friends like you these past two years! This has not been an easy decision for me, but I believe it is the right one for my family."

According to West Virginia Watchdog, Oliverio announced his intentions to run for Congress Sept. 6 on Talkline. He ran for the same seat in the 2010 election, challenging former Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan in the primary. Oliverio won the primary 34-26 over Mollohan, who served in Congress from 1983 to 2011. McKinley defeated Oliverio in the general election by 1.440 votes as part of a national wave that allowed Republicans to take control of the House of Representatives.

Despite announcing his intentions, Oliverio never filed paperwork with the West Virginia Secretary of State's office, according to that office's website.

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