JUNEAU, Alaska — A Democratic state senator from Anchorage says he will consider running for governor next year if a candidate who shares his values doesn’t emerge.

Sen. Bill Wielechowski (wil-ah-KOW-skee) says his strong preference would be for someone to run who shares his beliefs on issues such as oil taxes, protecting the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, health care and support for the middle class and working families.

He says he wouldn’t be thinking about a potential run without the encouragement he has received from people so far.

Gov. Bill Walker this week announced plans to seek re-election. Walker, a one-time Republican no longer affiliated with a party, won in 2014 with support from state Democrats. Walker’s lieutenant governor, Byron Mallott, is a Democrat.

Wielechowski says he disagrees with Walker on many issues.