Now that Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) has reportedly decided not to run for a seventh House term, speculation has begun over who will try to replace him.

One leading Democratic contender, City Councilman Domenic Recchia, declined a bid, reports the New York Times.

Recchia had raised more money -- about $350,000 -- than the only other Democrat to lay groundwork for a campaign, Stephen Harrison, who has raised about $151,000. Harrison, a Brooklyn lawyer, lost in 2006 to Fossella, 43 percent to 57 percent, which was the best showing by a Democrat against the Staten Island Republican.

Other Democrats who have expressed interest in running include City Councilman Michael McMahon and state Assemblyman Michael Cusick. Republicans Daniel Donovan, a Staten Island prosecutor, and state Sen. Andrew Lanza have been mentioned as potential replacements for Fossella on the GOP ticket, the Times reports.