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Mayor of Lewiston, Maine
On one side of my family, I'm the grandson of Chinese immigrants that came to the U.S. during the Great Depression. On the other side, my family has been in the U.S. for hundreds of years. I graduated on a scholarship from Bates College in 2007, originally planning on going to seminary. But I got involved in the community with Maine People's Alliance, working as a community organizer on issues like housing, health care, immigrant rights, and minimum wage. My wife and I just had our first child on November 1st, a baby girl named Anjali Marie Chin.
I'm running because Lewiston, like nearly everywhere else in America, is struggling. While the rich have gotten richer, leaving everyone else's wages in stagnation or decline, some corporations have actually profited off the fraying of our society. In our city, corporate slumlords routinely charge full rent, then refuse to heat their buildings in the winter, allow children to be poisoned from lead paint, and expect taxpayers to demolish their buildings once they've been sucked dry. We need real leadership that can bring fresh ideas and new energy to re-build our city. That's why I've released a plan to create 100 units of resident-owned housing, a model economic development block, an Office of New Americans to facilitate immigrant integration, and a plan to create blue collar jobs through solar energy.
Election Date: December 8, 2015