PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he met with Clay Pell and says the potential gubernatorial candidate has an impressive resume.

Chafee tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that Pell is speaking with many Rhode Islanders before making a decision about running for governor next year. Chafee, a Democrat, isn't seeking a second term.

Pell is the grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell. He is an attorney and Coast Guard reserve officer who has worked at the White House and the U.S. Department of Education.

If he enters the race, Pell will face Providence Mayor Angel Taveras in the Democratic Primary. Democratic Treasurer Gina Raimondo is also expected to run.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Moderate Party founder Ken Block are both running as Republicans.