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Sen. Jack Martins said Thursday he’s likely to remain in the state Senate but said he will consider joining the race to replace retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.

McCarthy (D-Mineola) cited health struggles as she announced Wednesday she won’t run for re-election. McCarthy, 70, has been on leave to undergo treatment for lung cancer since June.

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Martins (R-Mineola) has been mentioned as a possible Republican contender. He didn’t rule it out a run but signaled it’s unlikely.

“I don’t think it is the right time to be making a move. But I am looking at it and will consider it,” Martins said Thursday.

He said he’s “happy where I am,” adding it’s “always nice to be considered.”

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has been mentioned as a possible Republican candidate. Nassau County Legis. Francis Becker (R-Lynbrook) and Republican attorney Frank Scaturro, who challenged McCarthy in the past, have said they are interested.