USM Muskie School of Public Service hosts virtual U.S. Senate Candidate Forum

Candidates include progressive Democrats Betsy Sweet and Bre Kidman; Speaker Sara Gideon remains uncommitted.

PORTLAND, MAINE — Students at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service will host a virtual U.S. Senate Candidate Forum featuring all but one challenger vying to unseat Senator Susan Collins.

WHAT: Maine U.S. Senate Candidate Forum
WHEN: Monday, April 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
WHO: U.S. Senate Candidates Betsy Sweet (D), Bre Kidman (D), Lisa Savage (I), Steve Golieb (I) and Tiffany Bond (I).
WHERE (Livestream on USM Muskie School of Public Service Youtube):

Sweet, who picked up the endorsement of Maine Rep. Mike Sylvester yesterday, has transformed her campaign strategy in the wake of COVID-19, hosting daily livestreams and virtual town halls with local elected officials and constituents. This is one of many forums Sweet has committed to attending in the months leading up to the July primary.

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.