INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) — Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum has come to a decision regarding her political future.

Byrum announced Thursday that she does not plan on running for the soon-to-be vacant 7th Congressional District seat occupied by Democratic U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin.

She said that many people have approached her asking if she would be running for Congress after Rep. Slotkin said she plans to run for U.S. Senate following Sen. Debbie’s Stabenow’s retirement announcement.

She shared more of her thoughts regarding Michigan politics in an email.

Then she dropped the news.

“And so I have decided against running for Congress, this year, in the 7th Congressional District,” Byrum said. “Instead I am announcing that I will be seeking to remain your Ingham County Clerk for a 4th term in 2024.”

Byrum said in an interview with 6 News Thursday that she though she would be need best to serve Ingham County.

“I know as a front line defender of democracy that our democracy has been under attacked for years by certain political party,” Byrum explained. “We have seen more and more election officials leaving the field and with them they’re are taking institutional knowledge.”

She also listed donation options in her campaign announcement.