Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone is considering a run for governor, he said Thursday.
After speaking at an event announcing the arrival of a new company in Somerville, which was also attended by Governor Deval Patrick, Curtatone was asked if he was considering a run for the state's top office. His response: "Absolutely."
Curtatone, 47, who was elected Mayor in 2003, previously serving on the city's Board of Aldermen. He didn't say when he would make an official decision on a run for governor. Patrick has said he will not run for reelection when his term expires in 2014.
Former Somerville mayor and current US Congressman Michael Capuano also has said he is considering a gubernatorial run.
Curtatone is the only candidate on the ballot for Somerville's mayoral election in November, and said he still planning to run for reelection.