Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is beginning to build out his campaign for governor.
The Middlesex Republican has hired Brittney Larrabee Wilson, a Danville native and Groton resident, to serve as a "utility player," focusing on administration and finance.
"I think he's the type of leader we need in the governor's office to kind of restore trust and faith in government," Wilson says. "I think some of that has been lost over the past few years."
Wilson, who most recently served as executive assistant to the state librarian, starts her new gig October 5.
She got her start in Vermont politics serving as field coordinator for former governor Jim Douglas' 2008 campaign. After Douglas won his fourth term, Wilson worked under his commissioner of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Jason Gibbs. She subsequently managed Gibbs' unsuccessful 2010 campaign for secretary of state and then worked for former state auditor Tom Salmon.
Gibbs, now a communications and management consultant, has been advising Scott's campaign on a volunteer basis.
According to Scott, Wilson will be his sole full-time employee for the time being. He expects to hold a formal campaign kickoff late this year.
All three of Scott's Democratic opponents — former senator Matt Dunne, former transportation secretary Sue Minter and House Speaker Shap Smith (D-Morristown) — have already hired campaign managers, and Dunne and Smith have hired fundraising staffers. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Lisman, a former Wall Street banker, has not announced any hires.