Melodie Baker, 37, a mother of five from Clarence, on Friday withdrew her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 27th Congressional District seat left vacant by Chris Collins.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to have met so many wonderful people through the process of exploring a run for Congress and I’m excited for the friendships that have been formed with Democratic leaders, community activists and members of the Labor movement," said Baker, in a statement released by her campaign.
Baker, education director for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, would have faced Democratic candidate Nate MacMurray.
“My motivation to serve and make change on issues like education, health care and economic opportunity has not changed and I’ll continue my work to improve policies as an advocate through the nonprofit organizations I’ve worked with for the past 14 years,” Baker said.
Baker also said she will not run for State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer's seat in the 61st District.