Assemblywoman Addie Russell, a North Country Democrat, is not ruling out the possibility of a congressional run after Rep. Bill Owens’ abrupt announcement earlier today that he won’t seek re-election this fall.

“This is an opportunity that has presented itself; I will evaluate it,” Russell told TWC News’ Brian Dwyer during a telephone interview this afternoon. “I’m not really ready to say one way or another if I’m going to move off my plan to run for Assembly. It’s flattering that my name is being thrown about.”

Russell became a member of the Assembly in 2009. She was elected to fill a vacancy left by Darrel Aubertine when he was elected in a special election to a long-held GOP seat.

Both Aubertine and Russell were mentioned as potential candidates in what was then NY-23 when the seat was first opened up by President Obama’s selection of Republican Rep. John McHugh to serve as Secretary of the Army. In the end, neither chose to run, and then-Plattsburgh attorney Bill Owens emerged as the Democrats’ preferred candidate (even though he was a registered independent at the time).

Now Russell and Aubertine are both being mentioned again as candidates in the redistricted NY-23 following Owens’ retirement announcement. Aubertine resigned in October in 2013 as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Agriculture commissioner, and is now working in state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office.