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State Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, has grown his campaign account from $80,710.65 at the end of 2020 to $138,199.89 as of May 31, according to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance. Hinds, who purchased a home outside of his district in April, has said he is considering whether to pursue statewide office or to run for reelection.

State Sen. Adam Hinds is “working to put together a team” to help him consider which political office to seek in the 2022 election cycle, he said Friday.

Linked with a possible run for lieutenant governor, Hinds has nearly doubled the balance of his campaign account in the first half of 2021, and he has made more payments to political consultants this year than any other year since he joined the Senate in 2017.

The Pittsfield Democrat reported raising $72,262.34 between January and May as his account balance grew from $80,710.65 at the end of 2020 to $138,199.89 as of May 31, according to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

Hinds did not return phone calls Friday afternoon but offered a statement.

“I am seriously looking at the options in regard to running for a statewide office and working to put together a team to help with that process,” he said in a text message. “Right now I am all hands on deck managing a newborn baby.”

In April, Hinds and Alicia Mireles Christoff, his wife and an associate professor of English at Amherst College, purchased a $690,000 home in Amherst, which is outside of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden district that Hinds represents. The couple, who welcomed their first child on May 27, plan to continue living in Pittsfield a majority of the time while possibly staying in Amherst midweek, Hinds said Thursday.

Hinds has rented a Pittsfield apartment for seven years, and Christoff has lived there since they were married two years ago, Hinds said.

This year, Hinds reported paying $4,500 in April to Kevin Ready for political consulting, and he twice paid $1,500 to Malbay Consulting in March, according to OCPF. Hinds previously paid $6,000 in September 2019 and in January 2020 to Ready, who managed the 2018 gubernatorial campaign of Jay Gonzalez and served as political director for Martha Coakley’s 2014 run for that office, which was won both times by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

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Ready was brought on to help Hinds build his profile across the state, not necessarily because he was eyeing a statewide run but because having a higher profile helps with shaping legislation, a member of Hinds’ staff said Friday.

Hinds hired Malbay Consulting to help fundraise so that he could deter possible challengers, and the increased fundraising numbers brought “some confidence” for his potential to run for a statewide role, the staff member said.

Over the course of 2020, Hinds raised $60,527.93, and his campaign account grew from $45,063.91 at the end of 2019 to $80,710.65 at the close of 2020, according to OCPF.

State Rep. Tami Gouveia, an Acton Democrat first elected in 2018, has called House colleagues in recent days to share that she plans to run for lieutenant governor in 2022, the State House News Service reported Friday. Gouveia, a leading advocate for transparency within the House and a member of the House Progressive Caucus, holds a doctorate in public health from Boston University, and she was one of only two Democrats who did not vote for Speaker Ron Mariano in January.

Gouveia had $40,013.21 in her campaign account at the end of May, having raised $62,822.92 and spent $31,641.71 already in 2021, according to OCPF.

Recipients of her consulting-related payments include Liam Horsman, the former Western Massachusetts, Central Massachusetts and Metro West regional organizing director for U.S. Sen. Ed Markey in Markey’s 2020 reelection campaign. Others are Kaveesh Pathak, a former campaign fellow with Markey; Gina Razón, who runs a voice and speech coaching practice; and Almquist and Associates, a limited liability company based in Haverhill.

Gouveia’s possible involvement is unlikely to impact Hinds{span}‘ plans, and Hinds will choose to run for the office in which he believes he can be most effective, his staff member said.

State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, has also been linked with a run for lieutenant governor, and he had $516,210.96 in his campaign coffers at the end of April, according to OCPF. Some party insiders also believe Lesser may be interested in running for attorney general if incumbent Maura Healey leaves to run for governor.

In addition to all 40 seats in the state Senate, the offices of governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general are up for election in November 2022.

Danny Jin, a Report for America corps member, is The Eagle’s Statehouse news reporter. He can be reached at djin@berkshireeagle.com, @djinreports on Twitter and 413-496-6221.

Statehouse Reporter

Danny Jin is the Eagle's Statehouse reporter. A graduate of Williams College, he previously interned at the Eagle and The Christian Science Monitor. Danny can be reached at djin@berkshireeagle.com or on Twitter at @djinreports.