At one point, before he became the Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America in 2009 (a position he held for two years), Sean Faircloth (below) was a state legislator from Maine, serving five terms in the House (1992-1994; 2002-2008) and Senate (1994-1996).
In the years after leaving the SCA, he worked as Director of Strategy and Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, where he was frequently the “opening act” for Dawkins’ lectures, and wrote a book called Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All — and What We Can Do about It.
Last week, he stepped back into the political world, earning a seat on the nine-member Bangor City Council. He was one of five candidates vying for three open seats and came in third:
The top vote getter in this year’s council race was Ben Sprague, the current council chairman, who received 7,092 votes. He was closely followed by Joe Baldacci, also an incumbent candidate, who had 7,063 votes.
Winning the third position was Sean Faircloth, with 5,234 votes, according to unofficial election results released late Tuesday night.
In a conversation with the Bangor Daily News, Faircloth talked about how he was excited to get back into local politics:
“I was very pleased to be elected alongside two very strong incumbents,” Faircloth said during an interview Friday.
Faircloth said he hopes his experience in the Legislature will allow him to help the council connect with lawmakers and ensure Bangor’s voice is heard, even though the state’s own fiscal challenges mean nothing is guaranteed.
“I’m certainly going to throw myself into it,” he said.
At least we won’t have to worry about secular invocations being a problem in Bangor.
Best of luck to Faircloth in his new role; it’s good to have another out Agnostic in American politics, no matter the level.
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