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Charlotte Golar Richie, the Dorchester Democrat who placed third in last year’s preliminary election for Boston mayor, has signaled to activists that she is seriously considering a bid for state treasurer this year, according to multiple party insiders and one Richie adviser.

Golar Richie, a former state representative and Boston housing chief, has telephoned prominent Democrats who said they came away from their conversations believing that she was likely to seek the state’s top financial office.

She met Wednesday with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, people familiar with the session said. After the September mayoral preliminary, Golar Richie bestowed a crucial endorsement on Walsh that helped him broaden his largely Irish-American base for the November general election.

Golar Richie’s entrance would complicate a Democratic primary that already includes state Representative Thomas Conroy of Wayland, state Senator Barry Finegold of North Andover, and former Brookline board of selectmen member Deb Goldberg.


On the Republican side, Wellesley technology executive Mike Heffernan is the only candidate.

Richie served in the House from 1995 to 1999, when she left to become then-Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s director of neighborhood development. In 2007, she joined Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, moving to his political committee in 2009 for a short stint.

Before jumping into the mayor’s race last year, Golar Richie headed YouthBuildUSA, a national nonprofit.

Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at jim.osullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @josreports.