This was one of the busiest weeks in Vermont politics since election day, all dating back to Vermont Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin’s June announcement that he would not run for re-election. That has resulted in a number of candidates announcing their candidacy for 2016. Vermont Republicans are hopeful that they have a solid chance to take back the top seat. Retired Wall Street businessman Bruce Lisman and Vermont Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott have already entered the GOP field, and several others are considering running. Phil Scott has already picked up a key supporter – former Governor Jim Douglas, who served from 2003 through 2011. Douglas explains to WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he is already supporting Scott.
Republican Jim Douglas was first elected governor in 2002 and was re-elected three times. In 2009 he announced he would not run again and left office in January 2011. Visit wamc.org for interviews with several of the announced 2016 candidates.