Betsy Sweet

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Betsy Sweet

Betsy Sweet is a Maine activist. Partner of former Maine state senator Dale McCormick.

Senate run

Former candidate for governor Betsy Sweet announced June 2019 that she will challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in the 2020 election.

Sweet, a Democrat, held a campaign kickoff event in Gardiner.

Sweet said a women's right to choose, health care for all and climate change are the main reasons why she decided to challenge Collins.

Sweet is a former director of the Maine Women's Lobby and the Maine Commission for Women, as well as a small business owner.

She lost the Democratic primary for governor to Janet Mills in 2018.

DUH 2020 possible endorsees

Albert Lee 2020 July 5, 2019,

Universal Healthcare is a right—not a privilege. I’m proud to have the support from Demand Universal Healthcare (DUH) in the 2020 cycle.


Albert Lee vs Earl Blumenauer; Briana Urbina versus Steny Hoyer; Russ Circilione versus Frank Pallone; Jamaal Bowman versus Eliot Engel: Betsy Sweet versus Susan Collins.

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

US Peace Council

As at March, 1982, the following took active roles in the Communist Party USA initiated U.S. Peace Council - founding, speaking or listed as workshop leaders:[1]

Philadelphia Women's Cable Coalition

Philadelphia Women's Cable Coalition, 1982-1983.

Maine DSA 2018 endorsements

Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America, April 19 2018;

Maine Clean Elections funding powers truly democratic elections. Southern Maine DSA endorsed Clean Elections candidates Betsy Sweet For Governor, Jeremy Mele For State Representative, Mike Sylvester, and Bob Maheu only have until tomorrow, April 20 to submit their $5 qualifying contributions. Will you help keep our democracy accountable to citizens, not corporations?[2]

The Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America (SMDSA) voted on Monday, March 12 (2018) to endorse Betsy Sweet for Governor in the June, 2018 primary. Sweet is running as a Democrat in Maine’s first statewide Ranked Choice Voting primary.

“I am very pleased to be receiving the endorsement of the Southern Maine Chapter of the DSA. The people-powered, special-interest-proof coalition we are building is growing by the day. With over 3,500 maine people giving $5, this campaign is about ensuring the Blaine House can’t be bought by the NRA, big Pharma or the banking industry,” Sweet said.

Sweet’s primary campaign focus is getting corporate and special interest money out of politics, something she says is foundational to making progress on other issues. She helped write Maine’s public campaign financing law, the first in the country, and is now running as a Maine Clean Elections candidate. She supports universal healthcare coverage and will work to socialize the cost of that through a more progressive tax structure, while eliminating cost inefficiencies endemic to the current for-profit system. “I believe there is a great opportunity to work in compact with the five New England states to develop a viable single-payer system,” Sweet says.

Sweet is a proponent of Ranked Choice Voting and says she hopes it will bring more civility to Maine politics. Maine is the first state to implement the system in a state-wide election. Under Ranked Choice Voting, voters may rank multiple candidates in order of preference. If no victor emerges from the first-choice round, an instant run-off commences. In the absence of a strong frontrunner, second and third-choice candidates can win a majority of votes, a factor that benefits candidates who campaign to a broad spectrum of voters rather than on divisive issues, or against one another.

“It’s time for a state government that works for the many, not just the few,” Meg Reilly, SMDSA Chair said. “Sweet’s focus on fair representation and diversity, racial and economic justice, living wages, and healthcare as a human right make her an ideal emissary for DSA’s values and goals in Augusta.”[3]

Maine DSA connection

Harlan Baker March 13, 2018:


Last nights Southern Maine DSA meeting. Center is Betsy Sweet,candidate for governor in the Maine Democratic primary. On her right is Jeremy Mele candidate for the Maine House if Representatives from Sanford. Both of them received the endorsement of the DSA. The photo that hangs over the group may appear to be Karl Marx from a distance. It’s Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This is, after all, Portland City Hall. — with Anne Rand, Sarah Rawlings and Jeremy Mele.

Get Money Out of Politics


Get Money Out of Politics - featuring Larry Lessig. Hosted by Zak Ringelstein , Sweet For Governor, Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America, Sierra Club Maine

Saturday, April 7 at 1 PM - 3 PM.

Luther Bonney Hall, Portland, Maine 77059.

We at Ringelstein for U.S. Senate are thrilled to announce that we are hosting a summit on the importance of getting money out of politics on April 7, 2018 from 1:00-3:00pm at the University of Southern Maine.
Lawrence Lessig|Larry Lessig, leading academic on corruption in American politics, will keynote the event.
The event will also feature a talk by University of Maine School of Law Dean Danielle Conway and small discussions led by the Sierra Club Maine, the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting, Equality Maine, Southern Maine DSA, and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections. In addition, there will be a panel discussion on corruption with Senator Justin Chenette (Saco), Rep. Mike Sylvester (Portland), gubernatorial candidate Betsy Sweet, and former Rep. Harlan Baker.