“The only way to reach this type of a voting population is to put something in their hands,” he said.
Jubinville said that after his losses to incumbent Timilty in 2008 and 2010, he was prepared to abandon his quest for the office, but when the seat became vacant in 2012, he decided to try again.
“I knew that I had built up my name recognition already, so thought I would give it a shot,” he said.
Jubinville topped a four-person field in the September Democratic primary, and then in November captured 60 percent of the vote to defeat Republican Earl Sholley of Norfolk.
Jubinville said he believes the council remains an important check on the power of the governor.
“Of course, all governors want free reign to appoint whoever the hell they want. There have been governors along the way who wanted to try to get rid of the council. I believe it is a very important position to protect the citizens,” he said.
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