Posted by Maine Young Democrats
PORTLAND - Marpheen Chann of Portland has been appointed as the chair of the minority caucus of Maine Young Democrats.
The Minority Caucus Chair is responsible for recruitment and for planning events and programs designed to raise awareness of issues primarily affecting minorities.
"As young people, as the leaders of tomorrow, I think it's vital that we begin to lead today," says Chann. "Our future, Maine's future, depends on how hard we work and what we fight for today. It is an honor to be given this opportunity to help energize young democrats and build the minority caucus."
Marpheen is from Naples, ME and a graduate of Windham Christian Academy. His freshmen year, he attended Valley Forge Christian College but ended up transferring to USM for the remainder of his undergraduate career. A major reason in transferring was his decision to come out as gay.
Marpheen was the 2013-14 Student Vice-President at the University of Southern Maine. As VP, he spearheaded USM EdTalks, inviting state legislators to USM to discuss the future of public higher education in Maine. He was also tasked with assisting the Student President in fulfilling her duties and supervising all student government entities.
"Marpheen has always been a leader on issues important to Democrats," says State Rep. Andrew McLean. "He has always been out front on issues of equality and opportunity for young people and I know he will do a great job with the Maine Young Dems."
During his time at USM, he co-founded and served as President of the USM Queer Straight Alliance in Spring 2011, co-founded the USM College Democrats in Fall 2012 and served as its chair in 2013-14.
"We are a big-tent party, but we must ensure everyone has a seat at the table," says Rep. Justin Chenette, President of Maine Young Democrats. "Chann's work on behalf of the LGBT and immigrant communities across the state has been notable and will lend itself well to our minority outreach efforts."
Marpheen graduated from USM in May 2014 and currently attends the University of Maine School of Law where he serves as chair of the LGBT+ Law Caucus at MaineLaw and a Board Member of the Maine Association for New Americans.
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