Milne Considers Run for Vt. Governor

Published 05/22 2014 11:43PM

Updated 05/23 2014 12:01AM

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - Businessman Scott Milne says he is considering running in the Vermont Republican primary for governor.

"Vermonters believe we need to have balance in Montpelier. The easy way to do that is change the governor," says Milne.

As the owner of Milne Travel, Milne likes trips. Now he's exploring a route to the Vermont governor's office by joining the republican primary.

"I see it as a good opportunity for me to move forward and do something I think that Vermont sorely needs which is a change of leadership," says Milne.

Milne runs a company with 70 employees and locations around the Northeast. He wants the state to control the growth of government, fix school funding, and bring more businesses to the state.

"Vermont has assets that should be attractive on a global scale. The way you're going to attract those assets to Vermont is with good tax policies, out of the box thinking, and some ideas that somebody is willing to take a risk on that might not work but if they don't work they won't cost us a lot," says Milne.

Milne has run unsuccessful campaigns for other political jobs and knows he has major challenges this time. Those include being likely outspent, many people in the state don't know him yet, and he would have to build a campaign team.

"With a long shot but a reasonable opportunity to perhaps be governor and make a positive impact on Vermont. I love being in Vermont and I think I can do a good job if I get the opportunity," says Milne.

Milne says he will decide whether to run in the republican primary on the deadline filing day, June 12th.

Republican Randy Brock he says he's also considering a run and expects to make a decision soon.

The only person who has officially filed to run in the republican primary is Emily Peyton.

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