Today, Miriam Paris is refuting claims that she is a Republican masking as a Democrat in the State Senate District 26 race. Last month, Republican and State Representative Allen Peake endorsed her along with two other Democrats before the primary elections.
"Mr. Peake made a decision on who he thought was best for the seat, and it just happened to be me, and I appreciate it," says Paris.
Party affiliation doesn't matter to Peake. He decided to support Paris as his choice to lead District 26.
"David Lucas is a great guy, I like him, he's a friend, but it will be a Robert Brown do-over. It will be a grid-lock again for our community. If you want non-partisan elections, if you want consolidation, the opportunity to vote on it and let the people decide, if you want smaller council size, then Miriam Paris is the choice."
Paris says Peake's endorsement doesn't change her views.
"I am a Democrat. I have been a Democrat in supporting my dad when he ran for office. I was a Democrat in city hall. I will be a Democrat in the state house. So I really don't know where that rhetoric originates."
Since the beginning of the primary elections, Peake made it clear he's backing the candidate who will get the job done.
"Listen, I've gotten a lot of criticism for endorsing a democrat over a republican in the this senate seat, but in my mind, I was dealing with the realities of the race. A Republican was never going to win that seat ever. So my choice was going to be the best Democrat, and that's Miriam Paris."
On August 16th, Paris will face opponent David Lucas in the run-off elections for the State Senate District 26 race.