Phish Drummer Jon Fishman Wins Local Election In Maine
Jon Fishman, drummer and founding member of the band Phish, won a non-partisan seat on the Board of Selectmen in Lincolnville, Maine, on Tuesday.
Fishman, who stumped for the Bernie Sanders campaign during the 2016 presidential election, received 356 votes to secure him a spot on the board, according to VillageSoup – Knox. Josh Garristen, a filmmaker, received 370 votes and was awarded the other open seat. Both Fishman and Garristen will serve a two-year term on the board.
Fishman has lived in Lincolnville with his wife, Briar Fishman, and their five children for the past decade. Fishman owns and operates a farm in the town – as goes Garristen – and is planning on opening a Lincolnville general store.
The 52-year-old drummer has joined the board just in time to get down to some marine business. In addition to voting in two new board members, Lincolnville voters also approved two harbor related measures on Tuesday, one of which gives the Board of Selectmen authority over most of the harbor’s operations including maintenance, planning, and annual inspections.
Fishman filed the necessary paperwork to run for the municipal spot back in April and has since cited the Sanders campaign’s call for local action as his source for inspiration. Fishman once was a constituent of Sanders’ when the drummer was living in Vermont. Also, Phish was founded in Burlington, Vermont, when Sanders was the mayor.
Lincolnville has a population of a little over 2,000 people.