Gov. Scott announces bid for fifth term in office

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MONTPELIER — Vermont Governor Phil Scott declared his intention to seek a fifth term on Saturday evening, emphasizing the need for more work to be done in the state.

His announcement, made via a social media post previously known as Twitter, coincided with a tribute to his mentor, the recently retired Senator Dick Mazza.

During his announcement, Scott, who has served as governor for four terms, highlighted his administration’s efforts to bolster the economy, enhance affordability, and protect the vulnerable.

Reflecting bipartisan cooperation, he honored Mazza, a Democrat from Colchester/Grand Isle, for his guidance and support despite their political differences.

“Senator Mazza became my mentor and has not left my side since,” Scott said, grateful for Mazza’s bipartisan mentorship over the years.

Scott’s campaign comes at a time when the Legislature adjourned early Saturday and is scheduled to reconvene for a veto session in June.

The governor pointed to the need for balance in the Legislature and a move away from partisan politics, calling for moderate solutions that serve Vermont’s interests.

“Although our country feels more divided than ever, I truly believe most of us are somewhere in the political middle,” Scott remarked, appealing to the common ground among Vermonters.

He underscored the importance of electing legislators who are willing to set aside politics and collaborate for the state’s progress.

Scott’s campaign is focused on smart investments in education, environmental protection, and infrastructure, as well as efforts to make Vermont more affordable and improve public safety.

“As you’ve gotten to know me over the last few years, you know I’ll always do what I think is right, and what I think is best for Vermont, regardless of the politics,” Scott said, appealing for unity and community involvement in the upcoming election.

The governor’s declaration has set the stage for the political season in Vermont, with his call for bipartisan support and collective action to address the challenges ahead.

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