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Phish Drummer Wins Local Election in Maine

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Phish drummer Jon Fishman appears at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York, March 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

By    |   Friday, 16 Jun 2017 11:44 AM

Jon Fishman, the drummer for the band Phish, is going from concert arenas to the political arena after he won the election as a selectman in Lincolnville, Maine, USA Today reports. 

Fishman will join a five-member select board in Lincolnville, the town where he, his wife, and their five children have lived for 10 years. His wife, Briar, is a member of the local school board, USA Today notes.

Fishman formed the band Phish in 1983 with Trey Anastasio, Jeff Holdsworth, and Mike Gordon, and the band has sold more than 8 million albums and DVDS in the United States, according to their website.

Fishman told the local news website VillageSoup on Friday that his experience in a band has prepared him for office.

"I have a lot of experience trying to make the whole a lot more than its parts," he told the website." In Phish, my job is to cater to the music, and with the four of us, hopefully we make better music.

"The goal is the same with boards, charged with being responsible for things in the community. Hopefully, as a group, they come up with better decisions than would be made individually," he added. 

In April, Fishman told The Free Press Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., inspired him to run.

"Bernie was saying, 'Look at all of you people who got on the Sanders campaign ... You should run for your local offices, your school boards, your select boards and committees,'" Fishman said. 

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