She says she knows people are tired of campaigns but she already spoke with Senator Rockefeller and wanted to announce her decision early.
"That will give the folks that are in the mix, in the running, looking at my seat, a chance to make that decision. I just felt it would end the political speculation, which I think is a good thing," says Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, Republican Representative for West Virginia's Second Congressional District.
"May the best person win and I wish them both the best of luck," says George Karos, Mayor of Martinsburg.
Karos says both Congresswoman Capito and Senator Rockefeller lend their hands to the city.
"I've known Senator Rockefeller, as well as Congresswoman Capito, so I wouldn't hesitate at all just picking up the phone and getting some direction, as to which way the city of Martinsburg should go. I got that advice, and it was good advice, from both of them," says Karos.
Capito called the Senate dysfunctional when it comes to decision making. She says she wants to solve long-term problems like the debt crisis, and ensure that Social Security and Medicare are here for people in the future.
"We also have a stalling in our job market, where we have people who are graduating from high school and college and can't find jobs," says Rep. Capito. "I want to see those opportunities open up and I think that means certainty; the certainty that you know what your taxes are going to be, what your healthcare costs are going to be."
Less than two years until election day, but that didn't stop Congresswoman Capito from revving up her campaign.