Sen. Chap Petersen (handout photo)

But Petersen said he’s months away from deciding whether he wants to run himself next year.

Petersen, 43, who is considering a run for governor or attorney general, has served in the House or Senate since 2002. He said he is not interested in running for lieutenant governor — a job he unsuccessfully ran for in 2005.

Several Democrats have expressed an interest in statewide office, but only former Democratic National Committee chairman and businessman Terry McAuliffe has told supporters he will run for governor.

McAuliffe has quietly met with nearly every other member of his party mulling a run for statewide office. Other Democratic names mentioned for attorney general: Sen. Mark Herring (Loudoun); Michael Herring, the commonwealth’s attorney in Richmond, and former House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (D-Henry).