Gilbert promises vigorous, positive run for Lewiston mayor

LEWISTON — Saying he wanted to focus on the positive, former Mayor Larry Gilbert said Wednesday he plans to run for mayor again.

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Larry Gilbert announces his plan to seek a third term as mayor at a rally on the steps of the Lewiston Public Library on Wednesday.

Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Larry Gilbert approaches the lectern to announce his plan to seek a third term as mayor at a rally on the steps of the Lewiston Public Library on Wednesday.

"I intend to run a positive campaign, with a great deal of vigor," Gilbert said. "With your help, I will again enjoy the honor and pleasure of serving you."

Gilbert, surrounded by 25 supporters gathered on the back side of the Lewiston Public Library, huddled in the rain under the library's former Park Street entrance.

Gilbert said he never intended to run again when he stepped down in 2012. In fact, he threw away most of his campaign signs after his 2009 re-election. Only 10 remained, and they were used at Gilbert's rally Wednesday.

"Over the past year and half, I have been asked and encouraged to seek higher office, or to return as Lewiston's mayor," Gilbert said. "My response was always no."

Gilbert said current Mayor Robert Macdonald focuses too much on negativity, pointing to problems in the city. If elected, Gilbert said he'd turn the focus back to positive messages.

"Yes, we must address our challenges," Gilbert said. "But we have much to offer. We must be a positive force to attract the attention of businesses, families and others looking for a community with an outstanding workforce and excellent public schools."

This would be the fourth time Gilbert has run for mayor and it would be his third full term in the job, if he wins.

Gilbert completed the final year of Lionel Guay's term in 2007 and was re-elected to the job twice, serving until January 2012. The city's charter at the time limited mayors to two consecutive terms. It's been changed since and now allows mayors to serve three consecutive terms.

But City Clerk Kathy Montejo said Gilbert's intention is legal under any interpretation of the charter. The old charter allowed mayors to serve a third term as long as there was a break between their second and third terms.

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Mike Lachance's picture

It took him 5 years

to accomplish .... well.. not quite anything. But boy did he look good doing, and he said all the right things... all the things anyone wanted to hear... and wow, what a dresser... and he's so tall... so amazing. When he walked down the hall at City halls all the girls would blush. Yes, Larry Gilbert is just what Lewiston needs. With him we can recreate the wonderfulness of 2008, 2009, 2010... So nice. What a nice man.

Wait... sorry I was getting a vision of future SJ articles coming this fall..

Larry Gilbert? *rolls eyes* Isn't there a condo waiting for you in Florida? Or are they all full up on mayors? Give it up already.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Always nicer to be swooned by

Always nicer to be swooned by a slick snake oil salesman than to be told the ugly truth by a thorny rose bush, eh?

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

The thorny bush

While we don't need any snake oil salesmen we don't need someone who cannot say one good thing about our community to represent us, to be our voice, before the rest of the world either. If that was the case the governor would be dying to make Mr. Longo of Bangor the head spokesman of his campaign to be re-elected. With friends like that who needs enemies.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Positive

Since we are yet to hear one positive comment about the City of Lewiston or its citizens from the current administration, I have little hope for a positive campaign on either side. Maybe they can start a race to see who can say more often what a filthy, crime ridden, lazy, useless, ignorant, stupid, parasitic bunch we are. Apparently that's what gets you elected to office these days. Somehow the voters seem to think the politicians are referring to somebody else but them. Oh, and of course we should be told often how we don't need any of that dirty state and federal money to run our city because services just materialize out of thin air or we don't really need them. Voters are actually buying that baloney these days.

Tony Morin's picture

Restore Sanity

Restore Sanity

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

And pile on the bull scat.

And pile on the bull scat.

Denis Ledoux's picture

Larry Gilbert to run for mayor

Larry is an intelligent and thoughtful man and will bring insight, imagination and discipline to Lewiston government. The city is forging head into a future that promises many good things. Larry Gilbert is the man to lead the community durng that time.

Mike Lachance's picture

A Post that is Proof....

...that marijuana actually WAS legalized.

Bob White's picture

Why didn't he do that the

Why didn't he do that the last time he was Mayor? Other then having his picture in every publication possible I'm not sure what he did as Mayor the last time.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Great observation. Other than

Great observation. Other than making every effort to make our immigrant neighbors feel welcome, not much.

Mike Lachance's picture

Immigrants?

What Immigrants? All I see are refugees. Big difference.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

All refugees are immigrants,

All refugees are immigrants, but all immigrants are not refugees. Yes, it is a big difference. A large percentage of our "refugees" are here from Atlanta, Columbus, and other U.S. cities.

Mike Lachance's picture

Legally: not the same.

REFUGEES:
Are “pooled” and "invited" to the US by outside agencies often located in Europe under the auspices of the UN. Once groups are assembled, refugees then enter the United States with a unique status that gives them automatic admission along with an instant “green card” and permit to work. I believe after a year, refugees can apply for "Legal Resident" status, which is also not the same as legal citizen or "immigrant".

IMMIGRANTS:
Must apply individually, make a concerted effort and adhere to a long list of rules, qualifications, procedures, etc. Immigrants are generally accepted into the U.S. to (a) join family members who are already legal citizens or immigrants, or (b) to actively seek gainful work or a show a true compelling desire to make a better life for themselves and/or family.

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