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Brock to sit out governors race

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The filing deadline for campaign 2014 is just three days away. Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, filed his paperwork Monday. The democrat is seeking another term. Vermont's Republican Party has not filled out a ticket of statewide candidates.

Randy Brock says he will not run for governor.

Brock on Sunday added his name to the slate of potential Republican candidates that are not willing to take on Democratic incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin.  Brock, a former state auditor and state senator from Franklin County, was defeated by Shumlin in 2012.  In a statement he said that not running was the right decision for him and his family, and that it was made only after months of careful thought and serious deliberation.  

Brock's decision is expected to have an impact on whether Scott Milne will decide to run.  The travel agency owner was looking forward to a primary with Brock.  "I know Vermonters want a robust campaign and a clear choice in their election for governor.  With Mr. Brock out, my focus is on determining if I can build a real grassroots movement for responsible economic growth and balance in Montpelier- and win this election," Milne said Monday.

If Milne decides not to run it could leave Emily Peyton as the lone candidate on the GOP gubernatorial ticket. The deadline for candidates to submit petitions to the Secretary of State’s Office is 5 p.m. Thursday.

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