Panel, which will include Sweet, Bangor City Councilor Angela Okafor and Bangor School Committee Member Marwa Hassanien, will discuss how COVID-19 is affecting Maine’s local communities, opportunities and barriers in politics for the newly-elected officials and what they want to see in a U.S. Senator from Maine
PORTLAND, MAINE — U.S. Senate candidate Betsy Sweet will host a virtual New American Leadership Town Hall Tuesday, April 14.
WHAT: New American Leadership Town Hall
WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 6:30-8 p.m.
WHO: U.S. Senate Candidate Betsy Sweet with Bangor City Councilor Angela Okafor and Bangor School Committee Member Marwa Hassanien
WHERE (Livestream on Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/betsysweetME/
Okafor grew up in Nigeria and completed law school there before moving to Bangor in 2007. She owns Okafor Law Practice, Gela’s Hair Braiding and Crafts and Tropical Tastes and Styles International market. She is the first person of color and immigrant to serve on the Bangor City Council.
Hassanien is a second-generation American, born in Ohio to immigrant parents from Egypt. She is the first Muslim woman to serve on the Bangor School Committee.
In addition to her 37 years of experience advocating for the people of Maine, Sweet stands out in her race as having worked on and helped pass critical legislation in Maine, including the first family medical leave act in the country as well as Maine’s Clean Elections Act.
Sweet is endorsed by many of the leading national progressive organizations including Our Revolution, Friends of the Earth Action, Brand New Congress, Progressive Democrats for America, Democracy for America, Justice Democrats and Blue America.
A former director of the Maine Women’s Lobby and the Maine Commission for Women, as well as a small business owner, Sweet has spent her career advocating for people with disabilities, the elderly, women, children, and low-income individuals and families. She gained statewide prominence in 2018, when she ran in the Democratic primary for Governor. Sweet was the only person to run as a clean elections candidate, and she helped write and pass the 1996 Maine Clean Election Act.