Vermont state Sen. Doug Racine has formally kicked off his campaign for governor.
The Burlington Free Press says Racine, who announced more than a year ago that he was running for governor, held a kickoff rally Saturday in Winooski with about 75 supporters.
The 57-year-old Racine, who is from Richmond, is a former lieutenant governor who lost a bid for governor in 2002.
Racine and four other Democrats are seeking the party’s nomination in September’s primary election. The others are state Sens. Susan Bartlett and Peter Shumlin, former state Sen. Matt Dunne and Secretary of State Deb Markowitz.
The winner will likely face Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie in November.