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Dunne formally enters race for governor

MONTPELIER — Matt Dunne, a Google executive and former Windsor County state senator announced via email Wednesday morning what was widely known — he is running for governor. “With your clear support — I am running for governor,” Dunne wrote in his email, which noted a kick-off event will be held later this fall. Dunne’s formal entrance Wednesday into the gubernatorial race sets up a Democratic primary with House Speaker Shap Smith, who announced his own bid with a kick-off announcement in Morrisville last month. Agency of Transportation Secretary Sue Minter is also considering a run as a Democrat. “I do not take this decision lightly. Continue Reading →

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Lisman makes GOP bid for governor official

This story was updated at 11 a.m. Tuesday with comments from Bruce Lisman. MONTPELIER — Former Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman made official his intention to run for governor as a Republican on Tuesday morning with an email announcement, promising a more formal announcement next month. “I had spoken publicly thinking about running. When I made the decision I thought I should say something to at least bring that finality to it,” Lisman told the Vermont Press Bureau Tuesday morning. “In October or thereabouts we’ll have a formal announcement. Continue Reading →

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Lisman to run as GOP candidate for governor

A prominent member of the Republican Party says the GOP is about to get a major political announcement. Senate Minority Leader Joe Benning says he got a call from Bruce Lisman today in which the former Wall Street executive said he’d be entering the race for governor as a Republican. Lisman didn’t immediately return calls for comment, but has said in recent weeks that he was strongly leaning toward running. Lisman is the founder of the advocacy group Campaign for Vermont and has styled himself as a non-partisan centrist. It had been unclear whether the Vermont native would run as an independent or a Republican, and Benning says he’s glad Lisman has chosen the latter. Continue Reading →

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Brock bows out

MONTPELIER — Republican Randy Brock, the Vermont GOP’s nominee for governor in 2012, announced in an email Sunday that he will not challenge Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin again this year. Brock, a former state auditor and state senator, had been publicly mulling a run. His decision comes after Stowe Rep. Heidi Scheuermann and former Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman already bowed out this year. Scott Milne, president of Milne Travel, is the only other known Republican considering a run. Milne has said he wants a primary, however. Continue Reading →

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Lisman declines gov bid

MONTPELIER — Campaign for Vermont founder and former Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman announced Wednesday he will not launch a bid to unseat Gov. Peter Shumlin. Lisman, the former chairman of the JP Morgan Chase Global Equity Division, said he was considering a campaign for governor at the urging of Vermonters. But in a statement issued Wednesday Lisman said he will instead focus on advocacy efforts. “I love Vermont and believe that she faces serious challenges as seldom before in her history,” Lisman said in his statement. “At this time, however, I believe I can best contribute to improving Vermont’s future by publicly and vigorously advocating for a focused, core set of moderate, nonpartisan and common sense government reforms. Indeed, this coalition building effort is the best approach to policy change and consistent with my focus since 2011.”

Wednesday’s announcement follows on the heals of one made by Stowe Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, who just last week said she would not seek the GOP gubernatorial nomination and challenge Shumlin, a two-term Democrat. Continue Reading →

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Snelling apologizes to Lisman, but says he believes CFV founder’s gubernatorial hopes are real

Hours after alleging publicly that Campaign for Vermont founder Bruce Lisman has his eyes on governor’s seat, Mark Snelling apologized to the former Wall Street executive for the “mistake.” In an email to Lisman Thursday night, Snelling wrote:

Bruce,

I owe you an apology. I was doing an interview and I was trying to make a point about future elections and the dynamics of the various parties and how they can interact along with possible third parties. To make my point, I spoke about your organization and made statements about which I have no first-hand knowledge. It was a discussion where CFV was a tangent and I should not have gone down that tangent. Continue Reading →

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Mark Snelling says Bruce Lisman eying governor’s seat; Lisman’s people say “not true”

Bruce Lisman has dismissed as groundless the frequent speculation in the media about his political ambitions. But Mark Snelling says the founder of Campaign for Vermont is far more interested in running for governor than he’s let on publicly. According to Snelling, a longtime member of the Vermont GOP who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2010 and now serves as the party’s treasurer, Lisman in recent weeks gave serious thought to a 2014 bid against Peter Shumlin. “The reality is that within the last eight weeks, Bruce Lisman has considered running for governor,” Snelling said today. “He’s had a budget put in front of him, saying that it would cost $3.2 million to run for governor. Continue Reading →

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