The race to replace Gov.
"I'm contemplating it," Chiang said Wednesday when asked whether he would seek the governor's office in 2018. "That's a decision that will take a little while."
Chiang was elected treasurer in November after serving eight years as state controller, giving him experience in California's top financial positions.
"There's exciting opportunities. We've made extraordinary progress," he said. "And I want to make sure we continue to build on the financial opportunities, the economic opportunities that are available to Californians."
Brown is prevented by term limits from running again in 2018.
Chiang faced only token opposition in his treasurer campaign last year, and he has nearly $3.3 million socked away.
Other potential gubernatorial candidates include billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, Los Angeles Mayor