SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – There is big Utah political news which ABC 4 broke Friday afternoon.
Democratic State Senator Ben McAdams tells us he's now thinking about running for Salt Lake County Mayor.
The plum political post opens up next year with incumbent Mayor Peter Corroon not expected to seek reelection.
McAdams is a rising star in Utah's Democratic Party.
He’s young, an Ivy League lawyer and clearly ambitious.
And now, he may be considering something bigger than a part-time legislative job.
McAdams now tells us he's been approached about running for Salt Lake County Mayor and that he is "looking at it.”
McAdams, a LDS Democrat, says he hopes to make a decision sooner rather than later.
If he runs, McAdams might join fellow Democratic Senator Ross Romero who is widely expected to enter the race.
On the Republican side, there is West Valley Mayor Mike Winder, who some consider to be the front-runner in the race.
But, in addition to McAdams, there's another wild card in the county mayor contest.
Sources tell ABC 4 that Sam Granato's first choice is to be the new executive director of the DABC.
But, if he isn't appointed to that post, Granato will reportedly take another serious look at the Salt Lake County Mayor's race.