Republicans will have a party-approved candidate for governor after all.
Scott Milne, president of Milne Travel American Express, said Thursday he is entering the race against two-term Democratic incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin. Milne will appear on the GOP primary ballot with Emily Peyton, who does not have the support of the party apparatus, and Steve Berry of Wolcott.
Admitting that his chances of beating Shumlin are a "long-shot," Milne said he looks forward to bringing attention to the "failures of leadership" in the Shumlin administration.
"My goal is to win," Milne said. "I at least plan to get some tangible issues on the plate that Shumlin will need to respond to. If I thought he was doing an adequate job, I wouldn't be running."
Milne said he would run a "counterinsurgency, low budget campaign," and would work to raise "some money to be competitive."
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 made his announcement on WDEV's The Mark Johnson Show.
Milne, 55, of Pomfret, said Shumlin is not adequately serving Vermonters.
When Shumlin was asked about Milne's challenge at a news conference Thursday, he repeated his intention to launch his formal campaign after Labor Day.
"I'm delighted that Mr. Milne has entered the race, it's good for democracy. So, come Labor Day, we can talk about it, and until then I'm going to work 24/7 to do the job Vermonters hired me to do."
Milne grew up in Washington, Vt., and was a schoolmate of Lt. Gov. Phil Scott's at Spaulding High School in Barre. His mother, Marion, is a former state representative, and his father, Donald, is clerk of the Vermont House.
Also running for governor as of 4 p.m. Thursday are independents Cris Ericson and Bernard Peters and Libertarian Dan Feliciano. Liberty Union candidate Peter Diamondstone also filed a petition, which had not been verified the secretary of state as of 5 p.m. Thursday.