MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The Democratic mayor of Middletown says he’s considering a possible run for governor in 2018.

Dan Drew released an online video Thursday, announcing he’s filing the necessary paperwork to explore running for governor. Currently serving his third term as mayor, Drew is the first Democrat to take a formal step toward possibly seeking the party’s endorsement.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll seek a third term.

In his video, the 37-year-old Drew says Connecticut needs to move in the same direction as Middletown, a city he says has attracted new businesses, created budget surpluses and cut its unemployment rate in half.

Drew says “too many Democrats” have supported policies that help “people at the very top” while leaving those in the middle behind.