Charlotte Golar Richie, a former state representative from Dorchester who later served in the Patrick and Menino administrations, said Friday she is strongly considering a run for mayor of Boston.
If she enters the race, Richie would be the first woman and the first prominent African-American in a field dominated by white men. Richie said she plans to make a decision by next week.
“I am looking at this seriously,” Richie said in an interview. “I have a long history with the city. I love the city. I’ve dedicated my professional life to working in the city.”
Her consideration of a mayoral bid, Richie said, will have to be weighed against the satisfaction she derives from her current job at YouthBuild USA, a national nonprofit that builds affordable housing and works with young people who have limited prospects for employment and education. Richie works at the headquarters in Somerville as a senior vice president, helping to secure state and federal funding.
“I don’t just want to abandon my role here and my commitment to the young people,” Richie said. “But I also know this opportunity to lead the city is once in a lifetime.”
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