New Name in VT Governor Race

By Christine Souders |

Published 08/07 2014 06:55PM

Updated 08/07 2014 07:04PM

WATERBURY, Vt. - A new name has emerged in the race for Vermont Governor.

Dan Feliciano announced on Thursday he's pursuing a write-in campaign in the Republican primary.

He was already on the ballot as a libertarian.

Feliciano said a lot of Republicans asked him to run in the primary for their party, and a petition with 380 signatures on it shows he has support.

His name won't be on the ballot in the August 26th Republican Primary, but he wants people to get to know it.

Dan Feliciano, 51,  kicked off his write-in campaign for governor.

"I've laid out a clear plan that's realistic and achievable for all of you," said Dan Feliciano, Libertarian candidate for governor:

Feliciano held a press conference to lay out his platform against Incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin.

But first he's challenging Republicans' Scott Milne and Steve Berry.

"I believe Vermont needs to have a strong Republican party, and unfortunately I think right now their doing more damage than good. I'm clear on the issues, I've taken a serious stance, I've put it out there to be

criticized and critique, and I'm willing to take the shots," said Feliciano.

Feliciano said he has the experience to do things better, faster and cheaper.

He's focused on five issues that he can said he can achieve in two years.

"Stopping the single-payer, reducing state spending clearly is achievable, and I think the tax rate, reducing tax rates, that's clearly achievable because that all comes on a cost side that I can control."

His potential challengers were not there to hear his platform, but the Chair of the Republican party was.

"Republicans, Libertarian-Leaning Republicans, Libertarians share a lot of common ground in terms of free markets, in terms of limited government, individual liberty. We believe very strongly in those things as does.

Other than these very extremes they have, we are very closely related," said David Sunderland.

Sunderland said Libertarians and Republicans don't always see eye to eye, but in this case he points out Feliciano appears to be distancing himself from the Libertarian extremes.

We reached out to Republican Challengers, Steve Berry said he's happy to see Feliciano join the race and looking forward to a strong debate.

Scott Milne said the choices are great for voters, and adds others who are running are doing him a favor by highlighting a common sense approach he hopes to bring to the governor's office.

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