Democrat Darrel Aubertine, a former state senator and agriculture and markets commissioner, in a statement Wednesday announced he won’t run for the Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Bill Owens.

“Certainly, the opportunity to serve as your representative in Congress would have been a tremendous opportunity to continue this service, but after much discussion with my family, I have decided not to run for Congress this year,” Aubertine said. “I look forward to continuing my work as a public servant by representing your interests office.”

Aubertine, however, did not completely close the door on another run at elected office.

“North Country in public service over more than 20 years has been an honor and something I hope to do for the foreseeable future,” he said.

After leaving the Cuomo administration, Aubertine moved to Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office as a top deputy.

With him not running, that leaves a clearer field for filmmaker Aaron Woolf, who has been endorsed by county leaders in the NY-21.

On the Republican side, Elise Stefanik remains the favored candidate of GOP county officials who re-affirmed their support for her after two-time candidate Matt Doheny, announced he would seek the GOP nomination.