Governor Deval Patrick’s top economic development aide shot down rumors Tuesday that he would run to succeed his boss.
Gregory Bialecki, the state’s housing and economic development secretary, said he had been encouraged to campaign for governor, but intends to stay at his post until Patrick’s term expires, at the end of 2014.
“My plans are to stick with the governor,” said Bialecki. “Some very nice friends of mine have suggested the possibility, but my plans are to stay with the governor.”
“People have mentioned it to me, which is very kind, but I have no plans in that direction,” he said.
Bialecki has worked in the Patrick administration since its start in 2007, first as an aide to Economic Development Secretary Daniel O’Connell, where he was tasked with streamlining development permitting, before taking his current job in 2009.
Before coming into government, he worked as a real estate and environmental lawyer at Boston law firms.
Bialecki is not the only Patrick administration product whose name has been in circulation for the 2014 gubernatorial race. Juliette Kayyem, who worked as homeland security undersecretary before joining the Obama administration and subsequently becoming a Boston Globe op-ed columnist, has talked to party activists about a potential bid.