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Setti Warren to make small but official step toward Baker challenge

Newton Mayor Setti Warren.John Blanding/Globe Staff

Newton Mayor Setti Warren will take his first official step toward running for the Democratic nomination for governor Monday, when he intends to change the wording on his official political campaign committee documents to state that his “office sought” is “governor,” his political spokesman Kevin Franck said.

Franck said the move is designed to allow him to raise money for the race. He cautioned that the move is not a confirmation of any official decision to enter the race.

“The mayor has still not made his final decision on running, but he is raising money to help him explore the race,’’ he said, explaining the changes that Warren is making to the committee’s filings with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.


“Unlike the federal elections system, OCPF does not allow for the creation of an exploratory committee for candidates who are testing the waters,’’ Franck said in an e-mail.

Warren is expected to make his decision by late spring or early summer, according to one of his advisers.

The only announced candidate so far for the Democratic nomination to oppose Governor Charlie Baker’s expected reelection bid is Jay Gonzales, who served as former governor Deval Patrick’s administration and finance secretary. Others actively considering a run are former state senator Dan Wolf and the party’s 1994 lieutenant governor nominee, Bob Massie.

Frank Phillips can be reached at frank.phillips@globe.com.