LEWISTON – Tim Lajoie, a lifetime resident of Lewiston and former member of the Lewiston City Council announced Saturday that he will run for Mayor of Lewiston. Following is his official announcement, released on his Facebook page:
“Lewiston needs strong, ethical, and principled leadership. We need new leadership that is visible, focused, vocal, and willing to speak directly to the challenges we face together with firmness and wisdom.”
Born in Lewiston, Lajoie graduated from Lewiston High School in 1985. He is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and a sergeant with the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office, where he has served for 15 years.
Lajoie holds Master’s degrees in management and leadership studies and in criminal justice. He is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration and a chaplain with the Maine Law Enforcement Chaplain Corps.
“Lewiston is a city with great people and tremendous potential. My education, experience, and years as an engaged citizen and leader have equipped me—at this crucial time—to be a good ambassador for our city, one who can bring our community together, while standing against those influences that created a negative image.”
Lajoie’s first priority is to restore peace and security to downtown. “I used to play in Kennedy Park growing up. Today, people are afraid to enjoy our public spaces. It doesn’t have to be this way. I cannot sit by any longer and watch this happen. We need to be honest about the reasons and work as a community to fix it. This is for neighbors and families—not outside influences—to solve and settle. Together, we can do it.”
While on the city council, Lajoie fought to protect property owners’ and taxpayers’ rights, place strict residency requirements on sex offenders, worked to prioritize spending, and helped break the firefighter’s contract impasse. He also served on the LA 9-11 and Loan Qualification committees.