Gov. Phil Scott will seek a fourth term
Updated 4:35 p.m.
Gov. Phil Scott will seek a fourth term.
In a Twitter announcement today, Scott said: “Together, we’ve made a difference. But there’s still much work to do! That’s why I’ve decided to seek another term as governor.”
Together, we’ve made a difference.— Phil Scott for Vermont (@PhilScott4VT) May 17, 2022
But there’s still much more work to do!
That’s why I’ve decided to seek another term as governor. 6/
Scott said on Tuesday he won’t start campaigning until after Labor Day, and that he won’t commit to debates during the Republican primary.
"We’ll see if there’s a legitimate candidate that surfaces, that might be different," he said.
No Republican has stepped forward yet to challenge Scott. And Newfane resident Brenda Siegel is the only Democrat so far to enter the race for governor.
Scott said he’s seeking a fourth term because he wants to make sure Vermont makes good use of its federal COVID relief money. Over the past two years, lawmakers and the governor have approved more than a billion dollars in spending for broadband, housing and climate initiatives.
The governor said Tuesday that Vermont needs a seasoned team in government to administer those funds, and he said that’s what his administration will provide.
"That’s what we provide," he said. "It isn’t just me. It’s many of the commissioners and secretaries that are part of our team that will carry the load.”
Scott was elected in 2016, and won reelection by wide margins in 2018 and 2020. And polls indicate he has majority support among Democratic voters.