Sheats seeks House seat from Auburn


AUBURN — Bettyann Sheats announces her candidacy for the Maine House of Representatives from District 68, which includes a section of Auburn.

Sheats is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and served seven years as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot.

“At West Point my favorite saying was ‘Cooperate and Graduate.’ That is the sentiment we need in Augusta. We’re stronger when we work together to solve problems. I’ve spent my adult life serving my country, my community and my church. Now I’m running for office because I want to serve my neighbors in Auburn. My goal is to build up Auburn, and to build up Maine,” Sheats said.

Sheats has lived in Auburn for 16 years with her husband, George, and their two children, Caroline and William. She has been an active volunteer in her children’s former school, Fairview; a member of the Advisory Committee for St. Mary’s Food Pantry; active on environmental issues; and for the last eight years she has run her own business, Finishing Touches Shower Doors, based in Auburn.

“During that time I have interacted with many other small-business owners, giving me a broader perspective on our economy and the positive role government can play in improving it,” said Sheats.

“As a legislator, I want to stop the fear mongering and get down to problem solving, working together for a better Maine,” said Sheats. “When the governor threatens to close schools, or pits low-income people against the elderly, that’s not problem solving – that’s fear mongering. Leadership is motivating and inspiring individuals to reach a common goal, and I want to bring that kind of leadership to Augusta.”