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Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced Friday that she will not run for the seat relinquished earlier this week by former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.).

Brooks’ decision brings a sigh of relief for upstate Republicans, who have already coalesced behind former Corning Mayor Tom Reed as the party’s consensus nominee in a yet-to-be-scheduled special election. Reed was already in the race prior to Massa’s abrupt resignation on Monday amid a an ethical cloud that includes allegations of harassment.

Brooks, who has been mentioned multiple times as a potential candidate in several upstate districts over the past several cycles, still held the door open to a Congressional run at some point in time.

“The time may come when we take our message of stable taxes, controlled spending, and job creation to the halls of Congress, but today I couldn’t be prouder to continue serving our community as County Executive,” she said in a statement.

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