State Representative Joseph Shekarchi, who still has more than $82,000 in his campaign account after aggressively raising money during his rep run last year, is keeping a close eye on City Hall in Warwick.
The freshman Democrat from Warwick says he'd "absolutely" consider seeking the mayor's office if incumbent Scott Avedisian doesn't seek a ninth term in 2014.
"Scott Avedisian is an outstanding mayor," Shekarchi says. "He's done a wonderful job. I would say this: If Scott ran for re-election, he'd be unbeatable, so I'm not about to run against Scott Avedisian. But if the seat became open, that would certainly be something I'd take a look at."
Shekarchi spoke during a taping of RIPR's Bonus Q+A; it will air Friday at 6:40 and 8:40 a.m. He also joined us for Political Roundtable, airing at 5:40 and 7:40 a.m.
Avedisian, a very popular figure in Warwick, has been patient when it comes to pursuing a campaign for another office. He says he hasn't made any decisions about his political future.
Former congressional candidate John Loughlin thinks a split in the state GOP would hinder Avedisian's chances of running for another office. But Shekarchi says he thinks Avedisian "would be formidable for any office he ran for."
"I do think that Scott is certainly toward the end of his career as mayor and looking for other careers. I don't know if this will be his last term or not."