Gia Arnold, the Republican candidate for Senate who dropped her bid after admitting to an extramarital affair earlier this month, announced she is re-starting her campaign.

In a statement Friday, Arnold said she made her previously announcement “thinking more of my current situation, rather than the big picture.”

Arnold is re-entering the race for the western New York seat after receiving an outpouring of support.

“We do need someone in Albany who will represent us all, in making things better, and telling the truth about all aspects of that public service,” Arnold said. “I have realized, after much thought and prayer, that I am still that candidate, despite my shortcomings, and it has been pointed out to me by the hundreds and hundreds of messages I have received.”

Arnold had initially entered the race as a primary challenger to Sen. George Maziarz in the 62nd Senate District.

Maziarz, a longtime Republican lawmaker, announced this summer he would not run for re-election amid a possible probe into his campaign finances.

Republican North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt jumped into the race after Maziarz dropped his re-election bid.