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Scott joins race for governor

MONTPELIER — Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott became the fourth candidate to jump into the gubernatorial race Tuesday, telling supporters in an email that he will focus on boosting the state’s economy

“After much reflection, many conversations and much encouragement, I will be a candidate for Governor in 2016,” Scott wrote. “Let me be very clear, I’ve made this decision because I believe too many families and employers are on the economic edge. For them to thrive and our state to prosper we must revitalize the fundamentals of a strong, healthy economy that expands the middle class, lifts wages, and attracts working families, entrepreneurs and new jobs.”

The 57-year-old Scott, a Berlin resident in his third term as lieutenant governor, has been publicly weighing a run for the top job after Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin announced in June that he would not seek a fourth, two-year term. His deliberate approach to determining whether he would run for governor had some questioning his desire. In an interview Tuesday morning, Scott said there is no question about his commitment to running or his desire to serve as governor. Continue Reading →

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