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Where the Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on the Issues

For this story we submitted questionnaires to all of the candidates, sifted through news articles, looked at voting records, viewed debates and read through the websites

Maine Is About To Try Out A New Way Of Electing Politicians

For the first time, people across the state can rank the candidates they want to represent them in the general election.

Primary Election Profile: Betsy Sweet

Betsy Sweet is one of seven Democrats trying to win her party’s gubernatorial nomination June 12. Listen to a radio interview with Fred Bever.

Party unity takes a back seat as candidates for governor air attack ads

The perceived frontrunners – Democrat Janet Mills and Republican Shawn Moody – are coming under fire from their competitors as the four Republicans and seven Democrats jockey for position before the voting June 12.

Maine gubernatorial hopefuls empty campaign accounts as June 12 primary nears

The 11 remaining candidates in the June 12 primary to replace the term-limited Gov. Paul LePage are emptying their accounts, spending nearly nine-tenths of the $4.6 million that they raised collectively from private and public sources by this weekend.

"Starting at 13, I had to work"

In this podcast episode, Bill Nemitz talks with Betsy Sweet talks about summers on North Haven while growing up, a lifetime of hard work, and her love of the state of Maine.

WABI 5 Interview

BANGOR - Betsy Sweet of Hallowell has been a politcal advocate, organizer, founder of political groups and consultant.

WMTW News 8 On Demand

Progressive lobbyist Betsy Sweet is the only Democrat running as a Clean Elections gubernatorial candidate.

Listen to Betsy's speech at the Democratic Convention on May 19th

Betsy Sweet was a big presence at the convention, firing up the crowd with a passionate speech about moving Maine forward by working together.

Democrat Sweet vies to be gubernatorial nominee

BIDDEFORD– If she is elected Maine’s next governor, Hallowell resident Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Sweet said she’ll advocate for universal health care, offer two years of free college to Maine students in exchange for a year of community service, review Maine’s system of tax credits and support initiatives in research and development.

Democrats eager to put LePage in rearview at ‘pivotal’ state convention

Gubernatorial candidate Betsy Sweet, a former director of the Maine Women’s Lobby, called the election “a pivotal moment in our history, not just as a party but as a state.” She said Democrats need to focus on environmental protection, a living wage and affordable health care.

Maine Democrats hear from candidates for governor at state convention

“The reason we haven’t drained the swamp is because we haven’t pulled the plug, and that plug is money in politics,” Sweet said to a cheering crowd.

Seven Democrats see similar path toward Blaine House

Sweet, who has lobbied on behalf of low-income Mainers at the State House for 35 years, ... accused the LePage administration of turning down millions in federal dollars that could have been used for preventative care, which ultimately lowers health care costs.

Cote, Sweet lead Democrats in fundraising for governor’s race

Sweet has collected more than 4,000 small contributions and has received nearly $500,000 in clean election funds thus far. She has $324,000 left to spend and has qualified to receive another $150,000 in funds, which was not included on the recent filings.

Finding Common Ground Podcast Interview

Listen to a conversation with Jennifer Hill of Finding Common Ground broadcast by Belfast Community Radio.

Moms Demand Action Gives Betsy Gun Sense Candidate Distinction

The Sweet campaign has been given a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes. 

Maine Governor Candidate: Betsy Sweet, Democrat

A profile and questions on some of the major issues in the Maine governor's race.

Gubernatorial Candidate Betsy Sweet

An interview with News Center Maine.

Number Of Major Party Candidates For Maine Governor’s Seat Shrinks

The field of gubernatorial candidates affiliated with Maine’s two largest political parties has shrunk from 24 to 12. Seven Democrats and five Republicans met the Thursday’s deadline to submit 2,000 petition signatures needed to qualify for the June primary ballot.

More lawmakers, lobbyists allege sexual harassment at State House

More female lobbyists and lawmakers came forward Wednesday to publicly share their stories of sexual harassment at the Maine State House. The lobbyists told lawmakers that the Legislature must empower victims and change a culture where lewd behavior, suggestive looks and unwanted touches are too common.

Candidates for Maine governor weigh in on gun reform

As the national debate over mass shootings intensifies, candidates hoping to become Maine’s next governor fall largely along ideological lines—with some nuances and non-answers—on several oft-discussed policy responses to gun violence. Most Democratic candidates for governor support measures such as banning assault weapons and larger-capacity ammunition clips or requiring background checks on all private gun sales.

Young Turks Television

Betsy was a guest on Cenk Uygur’s show Rebel HQ on the Young Turks Television. Cenk spoke with Betsy Sweet, a progressive candidate running for Governor of Maine in a crowded race with 29 candidates.

Press Herald Announcement

AUGUSTA — Betsy Sweet, a longtime progressive activist and lobbyist, filed paperwork Monday to run for governor on the Democratic ticket.

NBC Affiliate Interview

(NEWS CENTER) — Gubernatorial Candidate Betsy Sweet joined News Center's Amanda Hill Wednesday. Sweet owns a lobbying business representing environmental and women's issues, just to name a few. Betsy also has a background in activism. She answered viewer questions on everything from why she is joining the Governor's race to the second amendment and healthcare.

Mainely Politics Blog

Continuing the series of interviews with candidates for office, Betsy Sweet has been gracious enough to answer a few of my questions!

Democrat Betsy Sweet urged candidates to refuse gun lobby money. The debate over gun control is now entering the race to be the next governor in Maine. Wednesday, one of the democrats in the race challenged her fellow candidates to refuse gun lobby money to support their campaigns.

Beacon Podcast

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben, Taryn and Mike talk publicly about the new referendum campaign for universal in-home care for seniors and Mainers with disabilities.



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