Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian says he's not mulling a run for governor following Governor Lincoln Chafee's decision not to seek re-election.
Avedisian, who has previously said he was considering a run for lieutenant governor, says he hopes to decide by the end of the year whether to pursue that office. During a telephone interview with RIPR, he said he isn't considering political options beyond seeking re-election or running for LG.
Avedisian, a Republican and close friend of Chafee's who succeeded him at Warwick City Hall, is the longest serving mayor in Warwick's history and has displayed little inclination toward moving on after 13 years in office.
Nonetheless, his moderate political profile is similar to that of Cranston Mayor Allan Fung -- who is expected to run for governor next year -- and the duo have the potential to form a strong GOP ticket for the top two jobs in state government. (John Robitaille, who almost beat Chafee in 2010, is reconsidering his plans for 2014, although he is not expected to be a candidate.)
At the same time, some Republicans question whether a traditional conservative-moderate split in the state GOP would undercut Avedisian's chances of winning a primary.
Avedisian says he will base his decision on whether to run for higher office on whether he can make an impact in the job. "I don't want to run [for LG] just for the sake of running," he says.