ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Howie Hawkins, a three-time candidate for New York governor, is considering a presidential run for the Green Party.

Hawkins announced this week that he has formed an exploratory committee to lay the ground work for a White House campaign next year.

Hawkins has run for governor as a Green Party candidate three times, winning more than 100,000 votes to place fourth in last year's race. In 2014 he came in third.

The 66-year-old Syracuse resident is a former Teamster who supports greater use of clean energy, more funding for education and universal health care. He notes that he began calling for a "Green New Deal" years before it become a popular cause among Democrats.