Shumlin elected to 3rd term by lawmakers

MONTPELIER — Vermont Lawmakers have re-elected Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin to a third term, ending months of uncertainty since the mid-term election.

Shumlin received 110 votes from the 180 members of the Democratic-led Legislature. Republican Scott Milne tallied 69 votes.

Gov. Peter Shumlin

Gov. Peter Shumlin

The Legislature fulfilled its constitutional duty to elect a governor Thursday morning after no candidate received a majority of the popular vote in November. Shumlin, at the time, edged out Milne by just 2,434 votes, but only garnered about 46 percent of the votes cast. Milne received about 45 percent of the vote, while Libertarian Dan Feliciano received 4 percent support.

Milne had launched a campaign of sorts in recent days, running targeted ads on social media. He also received the benefit of television ads paid for by a group called Vermonters for Honest Government, founded and funded by Derby resident Bill Round.

Scott Milne

Scott Milne

The governor is due to deliver his inaugural address in the House chamber Thursday afternoon.

A full story will appear in Friday’s editions of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus and Rutland Herald.

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