39 Cote Street
Public Phone Number: 207-784-1958
Public Email: [email protected]
Primary Election Date: 2013-11-05 General Election Date: 2013-11-05
Who am I?
My name is Laurent (Larry) F. Gilbert, Sr. I was born in Lewiston, Maine. I am happily married to my wife of 43 years, Pat Gilbert. We are the parents of three adult children, Karen, Karla & Larry Jr. We are the grandparents of identical twin girls who are 14 months old. They are Kendra & Eva Bowe.
I served in the U.S. Army for two years, one of which was in the Republic of Vietnam in the years 1966-67.
I served on the Lewiston Police Department for 25 years advancing through the ranks to Chief of Police for 5 years.
I was recommended by Senator George Mitchell and appointed by President Bill Clinton as the United States Marshal for the District of Maine for 8 years.
I then served as the Associate Director of the Maine Community Policing Institute at the University of Maine at Augusta for five years.
This was followed by serving as Mayor of Lewiston, Maine, Maine's second largest city for five years. I have been out of office for two years due to term limits.
I am very involved in my community as a volunteer. I consider myself a people person and public service has been my life. I truly enjoy public service. It matters not what demographic a person is from nor where they are on the socio-economic scale. I serve all people to the best of my ability.
I lead by example and I lead our effort to recognized by the U.S. Civic League as an All-America City in 2007.
I have been a life long Democrat.
Why am I running?
My opponent, who is currently serving as mayor, is a Tea Party Republican. He has been a divider and most especially with our Somali refugee/immigrant community. He went on BBC TV and said to our Somali Community to "leave their culture at the door."
I truly dislike how he represents us as a community and I have been urged by a great number of people to run again. After careful consideration and in consultation with my wife, I have decided to seek the office again.
The mayor's office is non-partisan. The local newspaper have pegged us as he a conservative and me a liberal.
1) To be one who unites all of the city's residents.
2) To be the best ambassador for our city as possible.
3) To promote our democratic values by fighting for those who are most needy.
My DFA Values
While serving as Mayor of Lewiston, I have subscribed to and promoted the values articulated below. It is my full intent to continue to do so. They are the values by which I live my life and the values I work towards as an elected official.
The local Somali refugee/immigrant community has endorsed me.
The Maine Peoples Alliance has endorsed me.
The Maine Alliance for Retired Americans will announce their endorsement next week.
My Campaign is People Powered!
As previously mentioned, I have been a life long Democrat. My father who lived through the "Great Depression" always told me that the Democratic Party is for the working "man" and the Republican Party is for the rich "man." It is my firm belief that to this day, his words still ring through.
I have always advocated for the "underdog." I was part of our group of police officers who created a labor union for our police department. I was elected as its president. I negotiated on behalf of my fellow officers in order to improve all of our quality of life for our families. I also served on the board of directors for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 74 & the 93. I also worked to create a union for superior officers.
As mentioned earlier, I have been endorsed by organizations that represent people who are in need of progressive support. It is my full intent to continue to do so as I have always done.