ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux is traveling to Washington on Friday as he explores a run for higher office next year, 12 News has confirmed.

In an interview, Heroux said he will be “meeting with a couple of organizations” in D.C. as he considers his options.

“They are heavily lobbying me to run for one particular seat — a lot of people are,” he said.

Heroux said he is looking “very seriously” at a run for one of two offices. He declined to specify which ones, though he did say he has ruled out a bid for lieutenant governor.

Local political observers have floated Heroux as a potential challenger to Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, a Republican who has held the job since 1997 and is aligned with former President Trump. At least one Democrat, Fall River attorney Nicholas Bernier, has already announced a run against Hodgson.

Heroux was re-elected by Attleboro voters to a third two-year term last month, and during the campaign he indicated it would be his last term as mayor. The 45-year-old Democrat previously served as a state representative, and prior to that briefly mounted a campaign for Congress.

Heroux said he expects to make a final decision in the next couple of weeks, but it won’t be until after his swearing-in as mayor. “I think that would be poorly received by people in Attleboro,” he said.

But, he added, “I need to start raising money. And it’s getting kind of late in the game.”

Ted Nesi ( is a Target 12 investigative reporter and 12 News politics/business editor. He co-hosts Newsmakers and writes Nesi’s Notes on Saturdays. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook