Cumberland's Maciel says he'll challenge Cicilline for District 1 seat

Cumberland's Maciel says he'll challenge Cicilline for District 1 seat

CUMBERLAND - Jonathan Maciel, 27, an engineer for Marsh & McLennan Companies in Franklin, Mass., for the past four years, announced last week he will challenge U.S. Rep. David Cicilline for the District 1 seat in Congress.

He says his campaign will focus on the needs of working Americans and lists himself as independent of party affiliation.

Maciel is a High Street resident in the process of purchasing a home on Broad Street in Woonsocket.

"Congressional representatives have lost sight of the fact that they were elected to represent their people's best interest. Congress is filled with former lawyers, business executives, and career politicians. They care for their own special interests and represent the groups that promise them their next big payday," Maciel said.

Maciel, who says he lives in Cumberland, became involved in politics while attending Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt.

He said in his statement, "People will say that I don't have a shot because I'm not part of the in-crowd and my experience is limited."

But Maciel said his campaign "is about giving people a choice and a chance to finally have a fellow working American representing them in the House of Representatives, someone who lives in their shoes, and understands their struggles."