POSTED: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 9:15am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:25pm
El Paso City Council member Beto O'Rourke has made a big decision about his future.
After weeks of speculation, he has announced he will not run for congress.
There were rumors that he was thinking about challenging silvestre reyes in the Democratic primary in March, but he chose to remain on the council instead.
He says he based on his decision on his commitment to those closest to him.
"The decision that I was making was going to affect my family, my city and my constituents and I really had to take those people into account before I even thought through the course of a campaign."
O'Rourke has represented district eight since 2007.
He tells us when his term is up in 2011, it is unlikely he will run for re-election, but he says he will consider all other options.