The Coastal Packet: From one Lewiston contest to something larger

Wednesday, December 9

From one Lewiston contest to something larger

Beacon - “This campaign was never about one person. It was always about building a movement that belonged to everyone,” said Ben Chin, reflecting on his 47%-53% loss in the Lewiston mayoral election to incumbent mayor Robert Macdonald.

“All of us knew we were taking on a two-term incumbent, who won by a twenty-point margin in 2013. We knew the campaign might get a little ugly, even if we always took the high road. We knew tonight might end this way,” said Chin.

“People voted today that had never voted in their life. People knocked on doors who had never done anything political before. And we aren’t going anywhere,” said Chin. “We are going to back up the city council. We are going to pass referenda to raise the minimum wage and tax the rich to fully fund our schools. Everything that we’ve accomplished so far just makes those victories all the more likely.”

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