MILLINOCKET – Millinocket swears in four new town councilors tonight. One of whom is working to redeem himself after past run-ins with the law.
Change is coming to Millinocket or so says resident Jesse O. Dumais, a political outsider elected to a 3-year town council term last week. “The people of Millinocket have spoken. I think that they want some kind of change.” Jesse Dumais, the 40-year-old manager at the local McDonald’s won with the most votes in the 7-way election.
For him his win comes as a redemption of sorts. In 1998 Dumais was convicted of conspiracy to kill a Houlton man. That man’s forgiveness set Dumais on a road to change. “It was my experience to change. It was my kick in the butt, and I used it.” Since his release from prison a decade ago, Dumais has worked to repair his image.
Going into this race, win or lose, he knew it would be a time to heal. “Little old ladies and stuff that will come up to me and say ‘I have two grandsons and I wish they could talk to you’ and that really kind of moves me because I don’t tend to be an inspiration, I don’t tend to be held above anyone else.” Dumais states.
Residents believe he is a changed man. That’s why many say they voted for him. Saying they’re looking forward and not back. “I don’t believe in chasing a man to his grave. You’ll never get anywhere if you keep going backward, that’s not the way to go. That’s why we elected him.” Says Kermit Cote a Millinocket business owner.
Judy Moody and her husband Burt have called Millinocket home for the past several decades. Their concern is for the future of area children. “It’s time for new ideas and young people to come in, because it’s their future. Our future is sealed, it was sealed for a hundred years right over there.” Contends Burt.
Dumais is one of four new faces on the Millinocket town council and one open to discussion of a proposed National Park
Millinocket’s first regular council meeting is this Thursday.