In addition I am the Chairperson of the Auburn Lewiston Airport, a member of the Maine Military Community Network and American Legion Post 31, active at St Michael’s Episcopal Church, a volunteer with St Mary’s Food Pantry and Nutrition Center, the LA Metro Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations. I strive to constantly learn about issues effecting Mainers from every perspective.
I am a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and served seven years as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot. I live in Auburn with my husband. We have two adult children.
As a leader of the municipal caucus, I have fought to restore revenue sharing to help lower our property taxes. I was very proud during our last legislative session to vote for a budget that restored funds supporting public health while raising no taxes. We also added funds to the Rainy Day Fund, bringing it to its highest level ever. These responsible measures will serve all Mainers as we fight and recover from COVID-19.
I am serving in my second term in the legislator where I sit on the Transportation Committee. I have sponsored several bills related to veteran issues, social justice, and transportation.
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. And the 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. We need to make affordable healthcare accessible to everyone.
Maine legislators, with the Governor, brought Maine’s Budget Stabilization Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, to a record high in 2020. 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 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 mom, when I learned that the decorative charms my daughter and I used to make bracelets could contain lead, I felt called to protect her and other children across Maine from toxins found in our everyday products. I 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 legislator, I have 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.
I chair the Board of the Auburn Lewiston Airport. The Airport Industrial Park is home to many wonderful small, medium, and large businesses. Those businesses are constantly looking for new employees. There is no public transportation to the airport. Many people seeking jobs do not have reliable transportation, and cannot get hired because of it. I have worked to put the two together. I am a member of the Public Transit Advisory Council (PTAC) We are working on “out of the box” thinking with micro bus 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. I look forward to continuing my work on this effort.
As a veteran, I understand the common challenges faced by our community. I’ve 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.
I grew up around guns and served in the United States Army for eight years. I understand the relationship between responsible gun ownership and gun safety. In Maine’s last legislative session, there were a wide range of bills proposed, from expanding gun owners’ rights to curtailing them. I voted against any bills that would put a burden on responsible gun owners without significant impact on safety, including voting against a bill that intended to enforce storage of firearms when not in use and a bill that required a 72-hour waiting period. After consultation with local and state police and local gun shops, I voted to require background checks on advertised gun sales, such as sales on Craigslist or Facebook which, while legal, add guns to the illegal gun trade.
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"Bettyann comes prepared to do her work, she listens to her constituents, and is aware of what they are thinking and want from their government."
"I’m proud to vote for Bettyann because I know she will continue to work hard and stand up for her constituents when she is re-elected on Nov. 3."
"Our veterans appreciate a 'thank you,' but they need more than our thanks and discounts. They need legislators such as Rep. Sheats."
"Bettyann has demonstrated a willingness to explore all aspects of a legislative issue. She is articulate, direct and shares information with her constituents in a way that is timely and easily understood. She actively seeks varying opinions and values civil discourse, and she leads by example."
"We have watched Bettyann grow into her leadership as a warden at St. Michael’s church and have witnessed her dedication to community service with such endeavors as the 'Fill the Bus' campaign for local food insecurity. She is deeply involved in the details of the work and she loves to discuss the important issues facing Maine people, always with compassion and civility."
"I have seen her in the State House, learning the process and demonstrating the persistence to get bills passed that serve the needs of children, veterans, businesspeople — her whole constituency. And, in this pandemic, she has helped constituents, whatever their need, find solutions. She is committed to people, not slogans."
"Bettyann has worked consistently to assure food safety for our children, regulating PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl) and other pollutants. She has earned my support, and deserves others as well."
"I have known Bettyann for a number of years now and have always been impressed by her work ethic and calm, nonpartisan outlook. Experienced and thoughtful legislators such as Sheats will be needed to confront the economic strain on Maine from the current pandemic."
"Bettyann Sheats continues to proudly, effectively serve the people of this community. In the past two years, this fiscally responsible West Point graduate and Army helicopter pilot veteran has helped add $37 million to the State's Rainy Day Fund. We need thoughtful, experienced representatives more than ever. I will vote to reelect Bettyann Sheats."
"In these trying times, experience is what is needed in Augusta, and Bettyann has show she has what it takes to represent us as a capable legislator. I will vote Bettyann Sheats on Election Day."
"As a long-time debate coach, I choose elected officials carefully. I do my research, and that research is not influenced by the number of signs a candidate has, nor the glossiness of their pamphlets...my research leads me to vote for Bettyann Sheats on Nov. 3."
"Bettyann has already shown the integrity and fortitude to get the job done. I am honored to vote for her again, and hope others will join me in voting Bettyann Sheats for Maine House of Representatives."
"I trust her good thinking when future gun control issues arise."
"A vote for Bettyann for House District 64 is a vote to strengthen our families and communities."
"She carried the torch for various veterans' causes, especially homelessness, lack of transportation, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide prevention. As a Vietnam veteran, I know how critical these issues are."
"As a nurse practitioner working in public schools, I see children's public health needs such as vaccination, first hand. We need no-nonsense representatives in Augusta who will continue to support public health, representatives like Bettyann Sheats."