MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont's incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, is planning to launch his re-election campaign next month in Essex.

On Friday, Shumlin's campaign announced that he has hired a former member of his communications staff, Scott Corriel, to be his campaign manager.

Shumlin was first elected in 2010. He's planning to launch his campaign on Sept. 9.

Shumlin says his campaign will focus on what he calls the challenges and opportunities facing Vermont in the years ahead.

He says the state has made progress, but he will not rest until "all Vermonters have the economic security and quality of life they deserve."

Shumlin's Republican challenger is Scott Milne, a Pomfret businessman.