Those trippy Phish concerts may not be the same anymore. The jam band’s drummer officially has a new job to add to his resume, and this one has nothing to do with music. He has just been elected to his Maine town’s Board of Selectman.
Jon Fishman—whose last name, we have just learned, is the basis for the name of the band—will fill one of two open board seats on Lincolnville’s five-seat board after winning Tuesday’s nonpartisan election. He and his wife, Briar, have five children and have lived in the seaside town for the past decade.
Fishman will take a seat on the board alongside Josh Gerritsen, a filmmaker, who also was a top vote getter. Perhaps this is the place to live if you want to be surrounded by dudes of the arts?
Fishman received 356 votes; Gerritsen received 370.
So, who got the music man interested in politics? You can thank good ol’ Bernie Sanders. Fishman campaigned for him during the 2016 Presidential Election, and later took his advice.
“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,’” Fishman recently told the Free Press Online’s Andy O’Brien. “Public service is needed across the board, so I guess that kind of sentiment just sat with me.”
Don’t think he’s given up his music career, though. Fishman and friends are playing three nights in Chicago in mid-July and will later play a baker’s dozen of shows at Madison Square Garden.
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