- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin raised more than $93,000 for his re-election campaign in the latest reporting period, according to figures released Tuesday.

Three Republicans are seeking the party’s nomination to challenge the winner of next month’s Democratic primary, which pits Shumlin, who is seeking a third two-year term, against a little-known challenger. That challenger, H. Brooke Paige, of Washington, had no filing on campaign finance by Tuesday afternoon.

Republican Scott Milne, of Pomfret, owner of Milne Travel, logged campaign contributions of more than $20,000 during the reporting period. Emily Peyton, of Putney, said she received $255 in contributions to date, while campaign finance reports for Steve Berry, of Wolcott, had not been posted by late Tuesday afternoon.

The Shumlin campaign, which has raised more than $500,000 overall, touted job creation and Vermont’s education system in a news release publicizing its filing.

Milne, who has raised just the $20,000 from this reporting period, said he was not daunted by the difference in funding.

“I don’t believe that the Shumlin administration has done a good job,” Milne said. “There’s hundreds of thousands of Vermonters that agree with me that we’ll be better off in another direction.”

Milne specifically criticized the rollout of Vermont Health Connect and what he classified as a poor small business climate.

Incumbent Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, of Berlin, is the lone Republican in statewide office. He faces Dean Corren, of Burlington, and Marina Brown, of Charleston, in the general election. Corren, a Progressive seeking the endorsement of the Democratic Party, locked in more than $19,000 in contributions this reporting period and will receive more than $180,000 in public financing.

Corren touted more active leadership in health care as a main reason for running.

“I think we could do a lot more with this office (of lieutenant governor),” Corren said. “We could get a lot more bang for our buck.”

He emphasized his record as a state representative who worked on single-payer health care and marriage equality during the 1990s. Now he’s chief technology officer for Verdant Power, a New York-based company working on underwater turbines.

Scott, who served in the Vermont Senate for five terms and is co-owner of DuBois Construction, brought in more than $52,000 this reporting period. He said his focus is on fighting an affordability crisis in Vermont. He said he had an aversion to public financing.

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