Gov. Scott announces bid for fifth term

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

His announcement, made via a post on social media formerly known as Twitter, coincided with a tribute to his mentor, recently retired Sen. Dick Mazza.

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

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

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

Scott’s campaign comes as the Legislature adjourned early Saturday and is set to reconvene for a veto session in June.

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

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

He underscored the importance of electing lawmakers who are willing to put politics aside and work together for the progress of the state.

Scott’s campaign focuses 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 come to know me over the years, you know that I will always do what I think is right, and what I believe is best for Vermont, regardless of politics,” Scott said, calling for unity and commitment from the community in the coming elections.

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