Charlotte Golar Richie now said to be contemplating a run for lieutenant governor

Charlotte Golar Richie, who placed third in last year’s mayoral race, is rethinking her potential bid for treasurer and instead contemplating a run for lieutenant governor, people familiar with her deliberations said.

Golar Richie, a former state representative who held senior posts in the Menino and Patrick administrations, has fielded calls from a range of political insiders urging her to focus on the lieutenant governor race rather than the one for treasurer since the Globe first reported her interest last week, according to people who had spoken with her.

As the top-finishing person of color in the Boston mayoral campaign, Golar Richie would enter either race with cache. But she struggled to raise enough money in the city race, a factor that prompted supporters to encourage her to look at a bid for lieutenant governor.

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Campaigns for state treasurer frequently require more intense fundraising demands than those for the state’s number-two post. Candidates for lieutenant governor are allowed to team with gubernatorial candidates, which can augment their fundraising abilities.

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation on Tuesday announced that Golar Richie had joined its board of directors.