Scott Milne Enters VT Gov. Race, Shumlin Not Focused on Election Yet

Published 06/12 2014 05:08PM

Updated 06/12 2014 06:14PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Scott Milne waited until the last hour to officially file for the race to become Vermont's next governor even though he says he knew he was running about three weeks ago.

Milne turned in the neccessary paperwork at the Secretary of State's office in Montpelier just after 4:00 p.m. Thursday. He had until 5:00 p.m.

Milne admitted to media members there that he's a "long shot" to beat incumbent Peter Shumlin but he says he's still running to win. He says that there were a number of issues where he believes Shumlin came up short.

"He came in and...had majorities in both houses and sort of did some of these nice things but didn't get anything done on how we're going to fund our healthcare program, how we're going to keep a great education for our shrinking school population without taxing people out of state," Milne said.

At a bill signing Thursday morning Shumlin responded to news that Milne was running for governor against him.

"I'm going to focus on the job i have before me until shortly after Labor Day and then i'm gonna welcome the opportunity to do the campaign, run a vigorous one and iIm delighted that Mr. Milne has entered the race because I think it's good for democracy," Shumlin said.

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