RUTLAND — Wendy Wilton wants to go back to Montpelier.
Wilton, who has served as city treasurer since 2007 and served a single term representing Rutland County in the Vermont Senate, will formally announce her candidacy for state treasurer Monday.
“I’ve been thinking about this and pondering this for a while and just barely made the decision with my family over the weekend,” she said Wednesday afternoon.
Wilton said she was not ready to discuss her reasons for running or her platform before the formal announcement, scheduled for 9 a.m. in the aldermanic chambers in City Hall.
“I want my real, true announcement and splash to be here,” she said.
“I have some specific reasons (for running) and I want to make those clear. ... I’d really like to save that for Monday.”
Wilton will run as a Republican against sitting state treasurer Beth Pearce. State Republican Chairman Jack Lindley said that while he was not aware of an announcement from Wilton, he was “holding (his) breath” for her to run and that he was not aware of anyone else seeking the Republican nomination.
“I’ve been encouraging Wendy,” he said. “She would make an excellent candidate.”
Pearce, who served as deputy treasurer before Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed her to take over for the outgoing Jeb Spaulding, is running to keep the post.
A call to her campaign manager was not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.
Should Wilton win the position it would leave a vacancy in the city treasurer’s office. Mayor Christopher Louras would make an appointment to the position, which would be confirmed by the Board of Aldermen. Asked if he had anyone in mind, Louras laughed.
“Oh, man, no,” he said. “No, I don’t, thanks for asking. I think that’s a wee bit premature.”
Louras said he would hold onto his remarks about Wilton’s candidacy until the official announcement.
Wilton’s time in the treasurer’s office was marked this year by the city’s first unqualified auditor’s opinion in decades. She also kept her hand in state politics while serving locally, working on a 2008 campaign to enact “Jessica’s Law” in Vermont and more recently giving talks around the state critical of Green Mountain Care.
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