Bielat not running for Senate


BOSTON ( – Sean Bielat says he won't seek the Republican nomination for Senate in a special election to fill the seat left vacant by now Secretary of State John Kerry.

Bielat sent out a press release ahead of a formal announcement Wednesday afternoon.

"The numbers looked pretty good and the fundraising went well so I think we could have mounted strong campaign but now is just not the right time for us," said Bielat. "After spending some time thinking it through with Hope, we decided running another campaign just wasn't a good fit for our family right now, given the age of our one and two year old children and their needs."

Bielat says he looks forward to helping get the Republican nominee elected.

Bielat has run twice for Congress in the 4th Congressional District. He lost in 2010 to former Democratic Rep. Barney Frank and last year to Democratic Rep. Joseph Kennedy III.

State Rep. Daniel Winslow and Boston businessman Gabriel Gomez have announced they are seeking the Republican nomination. Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan said he will run as long as he receives the required number of certified signatures.