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Milne explores run for governor

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BURLINGTON, Vt. - The President of a travel company is seriously considering a run for Governor.

WCAX-TV has learned that Scott Milne has been meeting with GOP leaders about a potential run. Milne says he has been "flattered and inspired" by Vermonters who have told him he would make a "good leader" for Vermont. The Pomfret man is the President of Milne Travel which began in Barre in 1975. Milne has strong roots in Vermont politics. His Dad, Donald Milne, is currently the Clerk of the Vermont House and his mother Marion is a former state Republican lawmaker from Orange County. She was one of a handful of GOP lawmakers who voted to allow civil unions in the Green Mountains.

Milne considers himself a moderate independent and wants to focus on the economy in Vermont. Milne told WCAX-TV there is a "rising chorus" that Vermont's economy is "not healthy." Milne's travel agency currently employs nearly 100 people with nine locations in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York.

Milne says Vermont is ready for someone who comes from outside government or the legislature to lead this state.  He says he should make a final decision about his political plans in the coming weeks.

"He has common sense and I think that will overcome anything else that's out there. He has been talking about fiscal issues which I think are on the minds of most Vermonter's out there and if he comes across with some sort of sensible economic plans for the future growth of Vermont, some sense of how we constrain our fiscal appetite, I think he will have a message that resonates out there," said Mike Smith, political analyst.

"Yes, there are people unhappy about health care and yes, there are some people who are still concerned obviously and will be about property taxes, but those are complicated issues that I don't think turns into a formula for turning out a sitting, popular Governor," said Steve Terry, political analyst.

If he enters the GOP race, he could face a primary. Stowe lawmaker Heidi Scheuermann is considering running as a Republican and Emily Peyton has said she plans on seeking the GOP nomination, but her candidacy is not supported by party leaders. Governor Peter Shumlin plans on seeking another two year term. The Democrat has already raised more than one-million dollars in campaign contributions for his re-election effort. Businessman Bruce Lisman has also said he is considering a run for Governor as an independent.


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