Betsy Marsano, a long-time advocate and organizer, is a Maine Green Independent Party candidate for Governor of Maine.
A graduate of Belfast Area High School and the University of Maine at Orono, Marasano has a long history of advocating for the less fortunate and under-represented, as well as passionately defending the Maine environment from exploitation and degradation.
Marsano worked with battered women at the Family Crisis Center in Portland, with teen and young-adult fathers at the YMCA, with indigent defendants at the Volunteers Lawyers Project, and with Mainers far and wide as director of the Coalition for Economic Justice. She was also instrumental in the fight against clear-cutting in Maine and served on the executive committee of the Sierra Club.
The 68-year-old also comes from a political family: Brother Francis served a Minority Whip in the State House during the McKernan administration.
The gubernatorial run is Marsano’s second run for office. In 1996, she ran for State House in Portland, garnering the Portland Press Herald’s endorsement and nearly 20 percent of the vote.
Marsano has three primary policy objectives:
• Increase access to health care: Marsano would like to expand Medicare and expand the number of public health nurses which have been reduced to just 20 under previous administrations.
• Education: To provide property tax relief, Marsano believes the state should live up to its 55 percent funding obligation and also explore "best practice" school models and community collaborations.
• Jobs: Marsano would like to see incentives for a value-added economy, helping rural communities and small businesses sustainably capitalize on Maine’s abundant natural resources.