San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom filed paperwork with the secretary of state's office Wednesday for a possible run for lieutenant governor.
Just a day earlier, he told reporters at a press conference that he didn't know who had said that he might run, but "I'm here to say there is no pending announcement."
Last October, Newsom, 42, dropped his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor.
"We are submitting a ballot statement, but as I said yesterday, don't read into that," Newsom told reporters Wednesday in San Francisco. "We will make a decision in the next few weeks."
"I'm running for lieutenant governor because it's time for us to finally shake up Sacramento and reform state government," Newsom said.
If Newsom becomes a candidate, he will go up against state Sen. Dean Florez and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn in the Democratic primary
Former Lt. Gov. John Garamendi vacated the post after winning a seat in Congress in November. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has nominated state Sen. Abel Maldonado as his replacement, but the nomination has been stalled because he has so far failed to garner the 41 votes he needs in the Assembly.
The official filing deadline for the June 8 primary is March 12. Wednesday was the last day potential candidates could purchase space in the official state voter information guide for a 250-word candidate statement, according to the Secretary of State's office.
His quandary in actually seeking the lieutenant governor post, he said, is the same one that caused him to pull out of the race for governor, "my ability to prioritize my family and the city."
The mayor mentioned spending a sunny weekend toting his infant daughter Montana around Golden Gate Park in a Baby Bjorn carrier and that he has felt particularly energized and excited about his job in recent months. He also managed to slip a few campaign-friendly comments about job creation and unions into his remarks.
While he has numerous business interests that could keep him busy, Newsom was clear on his desire to remain in public office.
He acknowledged that his love of tinkering with public policy might sound like a strange fit for the lieutenant governor post, which is largely ceremonial.
Newsom said he is considering whether he "can do some things in that office that haven't necessarily been done" and said he could be a voice for the interests of both cities and counties in Sacramento.
Newsom said he has two more years in his post, "to the extent I can get through this budget and avoid a recall," but he is also considering what other long-term political options may present themselves.
"My life doesn't end the day I'm no longer mayor," he said.