The Republican Party will have a candidate for governor after all.
Scott Milne, president of Milne Travel American Express, told listeners of WDEV's Mark Johnson Show that 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.
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.
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 the 2012 gubernatorial race to Shumlin. Brock announced Sunday that he would not seek the post.
Milne, 55, of Pomfret, said Shumlin was not adequately serving Vermonters.
"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 this week.
Shumlin was asked about Milne's challenge at a news conference Thursday in Colchester. 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," he said. "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."