Lynette Sweet is an elected member of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, a special purpose district in the San Francisco Bay Area that operates the Bay Area Rapid Transit rail system. She was defeated in her bid to replace Sophie Maxwell on the San Francisco board of supervisors.
Although she is generally wary of tasers due to planned training she supports the 2011 decision to give all BART police officers tasers. She is also a supporter of the MacArthur Transit Village at the station of the same name. In 2005 she became vice president of BART and along with Carole Ward Allen the president they set a precedent in American history for the first transit agency ran by two black women. Lietenant Governor Gavin Newsom endorsed her candidacy in 2010 for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
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