BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Several hundred people attended a women’s march in Maine’s Queen City on Saturday to make the case for more women, minorities and progressives in elected office.
Organizers of a series of marches across Maine said amplifying those candidates’ voices was their goal. The Bangor march was based around Harlow Street near the city’s downtown area.
Another well-attended march took place outside the Maine Statehouse in Augusta. Bar Harbor and Gouldsboro Town Office were also scheduled for marches.
The Augusta march was set to include Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon, indigenous activist and lawyer Sherri Mitchell and Fatuma Hussein, of the United Somali Women of Maine.
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The events served to mark the anniversary of the first Women’s March which drew millions in U.S. and around the world. Related events took place all over the country on Saturday.
Saturday was also the anniversary of the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. The first women’s march took place the following day.
The Portland Press Herald reports a training program for Maine Democratic female candidates says it’s seen rising interest for 2018 races. The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers ranks Maine seventh in the nation for having the most women in the state legislature.