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Democratic Activist Considering Challenge to Scott


As the Vermont Republican Party's sole statewide officeholder, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has a bit of a target on his back. But despite Democratic desires to oust him, no candidates have yet emerged to challenge him this November.

That could change Saturday, when Democratic activist John Bauer plans to discuss a possible LG bid at a meeting of the Vermont Democratic Party's state committee in Montpelier.

"I'm considering running for lieutenant governor," Bauer said Thursday afternoon.

But that's about all he would say. Bauer said he wanted to address party leaders directly before publicly elaborating on his intentions.

A resident of Jeffersonville, Bauer works as sound supervisor at Stowe's Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. In 2010, he helped manage Susan Bartlett's unsuccessful campaign for governor. Prior to that, he worked on Howard Dean's presidential campaign and on Jeb Spaulding's campaign for state treasurer.

Though Bauer is relatively unknown, he has been involved with the Vermont Democratic Party for years. He served as its secretary and as chairman of its Lamoille County branch.

Asked about Bauer's interest in challenging him, Scott said Thursday, "I don't really have anything to say at this point."

The Democratic state committee will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Statehouse.