Phish Drummer Wins Local Election in Maine

Local governance isn’t just for wonky button-ups and school teachers, oh no. As a long line of celebrity politicians from Clint Eastwood to Sonny Bono can attest to, it can attract is fair share of actors and artists too.

Jon Fishman, drummer for the jam band Phish, is the latest celebrity to take a crack at local politics. He was elected to the Board of Selectmen in his town of Lincolnville, Maine just last month.

The 52-year-old Fishman says he was inspired to run after getting involved with the presidential campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders last year.

“Bernie was saying, ‘Look at all of you people who got on the Sanders campaign and cared about these issues, you should run for your local offices, your school boards, your select boards and committees,’” said Fishman. “Public service is needed across the board, so I guess that kind of sentiment just sat with me.”

He gets it.

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