State Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, has ended speculation that he might look to be a contender to replace U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III in Congress.

NORFOLK -- State Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, has ended speculation that he might look to be a contender to replace U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III in Congress.

Instead, Dooley says he is hopeful of being re-elected to his current post representing the 9th Norfolk District on Beacon Hill.

Dooley said many supporters were encouraging him to seek the Republican nomination for the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District, which Kennedy is leaving behind to challenge U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Malden, for his seat in the U.S. Senate.

“While I am beyond humbled by all the calls and emails I have received in the past couple of weeks asking me to run for Congress, my priority remains my family and serving the people of Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole, and Wrentham” Dooley said.

He went on to say, “I do feel it is in our Commonwealth’s best interest to have a more politically diverse delegation in Washington, so Massachusetts can have a strong voice on both sides of the aisle. I hope to have some role in that happening in the future.”

Dooley plans on formally announcing his campaign to seek re-election to the state House at his fall fundraiser on Oct. 8. The event at Parker's Pub, 303 Shears St., Wrentham, is open to the public, starting at 6:30 p.m.