Vermont Transportation Secretary Sue Minter is running for governor.
Minter announced Thursday that she is resigning from the Transportation Agency and will formally announce her candidacy for governor next month.
The former state lawmaker, who spent time as the state's chief Tropical Storm Irene recovery officer, says the decision was motivated by "what she has seen Vermonters accomplish when they come together."
She faces a Democratic primary contest that so far includes House Speaker Shap Smith and Google executive and former lawmaker Matt Dunne.
On the Republican side - Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and retired Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman - have announced their bids to replace Gov. Peter Shumlin, who announced in June he will not seek a fourth two-year term.