The Vermont Republican Party will have a candidate for governor after all.
Scott Milne, 55, a Pomfret resident who is president of Milne Travel American Express, told listeners of WDEV’s Mark Johnson Show that he is entering the race against two-term Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin. Milne will appear on the GOP primary ballot with Emily Peyton, who does not have the support of the party leaders.
Admitting that he’s a long shot to beat Shumlin, Milne said he looks forward to bringing attention to the “failures of leadership” in the governor’s administration.
“I remain steadfast that Vermont is lacking leadership from the governor’s office, and that working Vermont families, poor Vermonters, and Vermont’s children will be best served with a new governor,” Milne said.
Milne waited until the last day candidates could submit petitions to the Secretary of State’s Office to appear on the primary and general elections ballots.
He had said earlier that he preferred a primary contest with former state auditor Randy Brock, who lost to Shumlin in 2012. Brock announced he will not run this year, as did every other major Republican possibility.
“I’m delighted that Mr. Milne has entered the race; it’s good for democracy,” Shumlin said. He said he’ll launch his own campaign around Labor Day.