Auburn’s Adam Lee targets State House seat

AUBURN — Attorney Adam Lee filed paperwork Monday securing his spot as the Democratic candidate for a State House seat in the newly created 89th District that covers downtown Auburn.

Adam Lee, candidate for State House in Auburn Photo submitted

Lee said in a press release that since moving to Auburn in 2008, he’s “seen his community hurt in Augusta.”

He also said it was time to change the many “misperceptions about the area” and “pervasive negative stereotypes about Lewiston/Auburn.”

Republican James Cyr is also running in the new district, created as a result of the 2020 census to reflect Maine’s changing demographics. Both men do not currently sit in the Legislative Assembly.

Lee said Monday that “as a lawyer by profession and a community advocate by passion” he has seen Auburn “lack effective advocacy and influence at the state level.”

“He considers being a strong voice for downtown Auburn in Augusta to be his greatest challenge and greatest opportunity as a lawmaker,” his campaign statement said.

“When you have an internal drive to do what you know is right to help others and stand up for a community you care about,” Lee said, “you do it.”

He said his campaign will not be “framed by partisan talking points or token political performances” and will be “grounded in the simple act and proven track record of service to others – as a litigation lawyer civilians, member of the Auburn City Council, a volunteer at Auburn’s PAL Center, a “big brother” with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a debate coach at Edward Little High School and Boston College, a friend and a husband.

Dana Staples, an Auburn City Councilwoman, called Lee “an outspoken, honest, fair and hard-working public servant who builds bridges, listens to neighbors and community members and strives to improve the lives of Mainers, especially that of Auburn residents.”

A practicing litigator at the Auburn Trafton, Matzen, Belleau & Frenette law firm, he currently serves as an attorney for 11 Maine cities and 12 Maine counties litigating against the pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors responsible for the opioid epidemic, according to his communicated.

“As a two-term city councilman, Lee drafted and passed Auburn’s Food Sovereignty Act and was instrumental in negotiating and passing several capital improvement plans, which included supporting early at the new Edward Little High School,” its statement read.

He is a member of Auburn’s Regulatory Advisory Board and was nominated for and won the Uplift L/A 40 under 40 Award for activism and commitment as a local government and civic leader, the statement said.

“Most comfortable in a t-shirt and baseball cap, Lee is down-to-earth, quick-witted and smart. His only complaint about public service is the need to raise funds, which he approaches with humility and gratitude, never taking a word or dollar of support for granted,” his statement said.

For more from Lee, check out his campaign website at or his Facebook page: @AdamRLeeForAuburn.

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