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Stowe legislator mulls run for Vermont governor

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Rep. Heidi Scheuermann-File photo Rep. Heidi Scheuermann-File photo

It's an election year and the race for governor could soon be heating up in Vermont.

That's because a Republican may be getting ready to throw her hat in the ring to challenge Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont.

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, says she's considering a run for governor. She knows it could be an uphill battle, but some in her party say she has what it takes.

"I think the governor is beatable, that is why I am considering it," said Scheuermann

She says if she were to run for governor, her campaign would focus on the economy, health care, property taxes and school funding.

"I think Vermonters are looking for something different. I think they are very concerned about the direction the state is heading regardless of the party label. I think they are looking for a different option," said Scheuermann.

Republican political analyst Mike Smith says taking on an incumbent will be tough, especially one with more than $1 million already in his campaign war chest.

"A sitting governor with a lot of money is a hard road for any challenger to overcome," said Smith.

Smith says Shumlin has weaknesses, pointing to how he's handled Vermont Health Connect and a divisive land deal with his neighbor Jeremy Dodge. He argues Scheuermann has what it takes to be a successful candidate.

"Whether she is a woman or a man she has to lend herself credibility by being articulate, by being well-liked, by being well-spoken and she has all of those things," said Smith.

Paul Heintz with Seven Days says Scheuermann could be a strong candidate, but says many logical "go-to" supporters from the business community already back Shumlin and may not be willing to jump to her camp. He says we could also see others throw their names into the race.

"There are a number of people who appear to be considering it, possibly Randy Brock who ran last time, possibly former Lieutenant Governor Dubie who ran two elections ago," Heintz said.

Scheuermann says she is doing her due diligence before she makes a final decision, but admits if she does decide to run for statewide office, it won't be easy.

"I don't have blinders on, I know that this would be difficult, the power of incumbency is very powerful here in Vermont, especially," said Scheuermann.

Scheuermann said she has no specific timeline for making a decision, but hopes to do so quickly as possible. Governor Shumlin had no comment on a possible Sheuermann run and hasnot yet officially launched his bid for re-election.

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