Gov. Phil Scott says he will seek a fourth term as Vermont governor.

In an email announcement, Scott, the only Republican to hold a statewide office in Vermont, said his administrations have “made a lot of progress,” from budget surpluses to managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Together, we’ve made a difference,” he said. “But there’s still much more work to do!” 

A former state senator and lieutenant governor, Scott was first elected governor in 2016, garnering 53% of the vote. He was easily reelected in 2018, and in 2020 won a third term with a 41% margin.

SHe said in a campaign email that he has worked to bring people together at a time when the country seems more polarized than ever. He says his priority will be on doing his job as governor and not campaigning.

“You’ll hear more from me in the months ahead, but for now, I just wanted to let you know what I’ve decided,” he said. 

No candidates have filed paperwork with the state yet. However, activist Brenda Siegel, who is a Democrat, has announced she is running for the seat.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.