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Josephine Okot for Portland School Board

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Josephine Okot is a longtime Portland resident and now two-time candidate for office with the Green Party.

She is running for Portland School Board, District 1.

Her family immigrated to the Maine from Sudan in 1996 and attended Portland schools, including King Middle School and Portland High School.

Josephine has two children, one of whom attends the Ocean Avenue School. She graduated from University of Southern Maine with a degree in social work.

Since graduating, she has worked for United Somali Women of Maine advocating as a multicultural youth educator. In her spare time, she teaches African dance and volunteer on the boards of the Maine Center for African Heritage and other organizations. Josephine's top issues are:

  1. Working to prevent school violenceparticularly bullying. Our children need to feel safe in schools and we need a holistic approach to the issue. As a parent, I take this issue very personally.
  2. Our schools need stronger ties for mentoring programs. There is a direct link between having a mentor in a child's life and graduating from high school. Incorporating and supporting both programs and mentors will increase our graduation rate and help fulfill our city's promise to our children.
  3. We need low or no cost public transportation for middle and high school students to save money.  Incorporating more and more of our teenagers into the public transportation system will save us money by eliminating some busing. It will also encourage all students to explore our city and love the city as Josephine does.