For Senate District 20
Running to represent Auburn, Poland, New Gloucester, and Durham
An experienced leader for Maine
As a veteran and small business owner, Bettyann is no stranger to serving her community. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she majored in aeronautical engineering, Sheats served our nation as a United States Army helicopter pilot.
In addition to owning a specialty construction business, Bettyann is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), was the Chairperson of the Auburn Lewiston Airport, is a member of the Maine Military Community Network and American Legion Post 31, active at St Michael’s Episcopal Church, a volunteer with other community organizations.
Bettyann believes that listening to neighbors, veterans, business owners, voters, and even visitors to Maine has helped her learn about the issues and find common ground as well as common sense solutions. This has allowed Bettyann to take the lead on many issues, when in the legislature, and in the community. Bettyann strives to constantly learn about issues affecting Mainers from every perspective. Bettyann is running to bring her unique perspective and skills to fight for District 20 in Augusta.
On the Issues
As the former Chair of the Board of the Auburn Lewiston Airport, Bettyann knows the Airport Industrial Park is home to many wonderful small, medium, and large businesses. Those businesses are constantly looking for new employees, but there is no public transportation to the airport. Many people seeking jobs do not have reliable transportation, and cannot get hired because of it. Bettyann has worked to put the two together.
As a former member of the Public Transit Advisory Council (PTAC) she worked on “out of the box” designs with microbus routes at different times of day, rideshares, GOMaine (www.gomaine.org) and so many other ways to save money while getting Mainer’s where they need to go.
In 2020, Bettyann worked in the legislature with the Governor, to bring Maine’s Budget Stabilization Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, to a record high. This left Maine better prepared to address unforeseen issues, including the emergence of COVID-19.
One lesson we have learned from the virus is that the expansion of broadband is not a luxury. It is essential for our healthcare system, education, and especially our economy: for training our workforce, for workers to connect from home, or for businesses (wherever they are) to connect to customers (wherever they may be).
As a veteran, Bettyann understands the common challenges faced by the community. She has worked hard to improve veterans’ access to health care services, obtained funding for the only female veteran homeless shelter and transitional housing site in Maine, and led the effort on expanding Veteran Treatment Courts in Androscoggin County.
The emergence of COVID-19 has revealed the flaws within our healthcare system across our nation. Our hodgepodge of work-based, private, and social (VA, Medicare, Medicaid) health insurance is expensive and hard to manage for providers and individuals. The COVID-19 virus has shown how vulnerable our current system is to changing situations, with workers laid off through no fault of their own, losing their healthcare insurance. We, Americans, have proven we can accomplish anything we set as a priority. That’s why Bettyann knows that we need to make affordable healthcare accessible to everyone.
Bettyann does not feel Maine laws regarding abortion need to be changed. No legislator, or politician, has the right to impose their religious or personal beliefs on the healthcare decisions of another person. A woman should make that very private decision with her healthcare provider. Maine currently does not allow an abortion past the viability of the fetus except to preserve the life or health of the woman. She believes Maine’s current law is sufficient and just. Access to healthcare and privacy are rights all people deserve.
Why Bettyann’s Running
When Bettyann learned that the decorative charms she and her daughter used to make bracelets could contain lead, she felt called to protect her daughter and other children across Maine from toxins found in our everyday products. Bettyann joined the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine in their efforts to pass the Kids Safe Products Act, which banned BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups.
As a former legislator, she later worked with firefighters to get cancerous flame retardants out of furniture, with moms to get phthalates out of food packaging, with farmers to keep PFAS out of our water, and with landlords to get lead out of apartment buildings. Bettyann is running for District 20 to continue my fight for a safer Maine for all families.
I’m proud to be endorsed by the following organizations. I do not receive any money from them because I am a Clean Elections candidate and accept only small donations from people in our district.
Letters to the Editor
- Holly Lasagna: Sheats offers ‘extraordinary set of skills’ to state Senate
- Joan Macri: Support for Sheats as Clean Election candidate
- Bonnie Lounsbury: Sheats ‘an outstanding choice’ for Maine Senate
- Jane Pentheny: Support for Sheats for state Senate
- Stan Tetenman: Sheats brings experience to Senate District 20
- Nancy Gilbert: Senate candidate Sheats supports Maine’s environment
- Mary Ann Larson: Sheats offers work ethic, ‘can do’ attitude to Senate District 20
- Pinky Amor Mennealy: Support Sheats for state Senate
- Jan Phillips: Sheats offers ‘gold standard’ to state Senate
- Faith Barker: Elect Sheats to Maine Senate
- Henk Goorhuis: Sheats would work to improve Maine health care system
- Scott Currie: Sheats is right Senate candidate with right experience
- Lois Kilby-Chesley: Sheats offers fair representation to Senate District 20
- Camille Parrish: Sheats is trustworthy, focused on solutions
- Susan Martin: Sheats offers listening, collaboration, civility to Augusta
- Julie Fralich: Sheats offers transportation experience to state Senate
- Amanda Burgess: Sheats an advocate for environment, community
- Nancy Gilbert: Senate candidate Bettyann Sheats supports Maine’s environment
- Silver Moore-Leamon: Vote Sheats for Senate District 20 ‘with confidence’
- Candy Gleason: Sheats ‘a calm voice of reason in turbulent times’
- Faye Luppi and Mark Hyland: Sheats ‘has dedicated her life to public service’
- Pamela Hart: Sheats would serve state Senate with integrity, fortitude
- Bob Gardner: Sheats ‘stands head and shoulders above the competition’
- Thomas Tracy: Maine would be fortunate to return Sheats to Augusta
- Nancy Greene: Sheats is ‘rock solid — just like Maine’
- Anne Goorhuis: Sheats a strong supporter of education
- Debora Cleveland: Sheats an empathic, caring candidate for Senate District 20
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