- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Republican businessman Scott Milne hopes to unseat Democratic incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin in November, but he said Thursday that he knows it’s a long shot.

Milne is the most well-known of the three Republican and one Liberty Union candidate who filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office to be on the August primary election ballot.

Milne, president of Milne Travel, said Thursday night that Shumlin is not unbeatable.

“We’re going to have to run a really good campaign, and maybe get a little luck,” he said.

He conceded that “it’s going to be an uphill battle; I know I’m the underdog.”

Earlier Thursday, Milne announced on the Mark Johnson show on WDEV radio that he would seek to challenge Shumlin.

“We need to get some balance back to the state,” Milne said. “The easy way to do that is change the governor, so that’s what we’ll be working on over the next few months.

The other Republican candidates are Emily Peyton, who ran for governor as an independent two years ago, and Steve Berry.

Liberty Union candidate Peter Diamondstone filed a petition to be on ballot for the gubernatorial primary but the secretary of state’s office had not verified his petition by Thursday night.

In other races, Progressive Dean Corren intends to challenge Republican incumbent Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. Liberty Union candidate Marina Brown also filed paperwork to be in that primary.

Progressive Ben Eastwood is the third candidate for secretary of state, along with Democratic incumbent Jim Condos and Liberty Union candidate Mary Alice Hebert.

Auditor of Account Doug Hoffer, a Democrat, is so far running unopposed.

In the federal election, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch is facing a challenge from three Republicans - Mark Donka, Donald W. Nolte and Donald Russell. A petition from another potential challenger - Liberty Union candidate Matthew Andrews - had not been verified by the secretary of state’s office by Thursday evening.

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