- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he won’t run for a fourth, two-year term next year.

Shumlin announced his plans Monday afternoon at a news conference where he outlined the successes of his administration and identified challenges still to come.

The Democrat had survived a tough re-election fight in November, outspending little-known business owner Scott Milne but still drawing less than 50 percent of the vote and forcing the Legislature to decide the outcome in January.

Shumlin also had to abandon one of his signature efforts: a universal, government-backed health care system often referred to as single-payer.

The 59-year-old Shumlin, who was first elected in 2010, said he never had any desire to be a full-time politician. He said he’ll return to the business world.

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