Multiple outlets are confirming that interim Denver Mayor Bill Vidal is considering running for a full term.
Vidal, a life-long civil servant, was sworn in to finish now-Governor John Hickenlooper's mayoral term in January.
He has said publicly since taking office that he has no plans to run for a full term.
However, the Denver Post reported on Thursday that several powerful members of the Denver business community were privately encouraging Vidal to run for a full term.
On Friday, the Mayor confirmed that he is considering joining the field of candidates, which now includes former State Senator Chris Romer and Denver Preschools Director James Mejia, along with City Council members Michael Hancock, Carol Boigan, Doug Linkhart.
"I had not planned on running. and I've been pretty consistent saying I haven't planned to run, and I still have no change in plans, but this is certainly new information, but with as much support as I'm getting it's something I'll have to consider," Vidal told KUSA on Friday aftrenoon.
"I may consider it, but as of right now, I want to be clear, I have not changed my plans," he said.
Mayoral elections will be held May 3. A runoff, if needed, will be held on June 7.