Braden Sharpe

Maine House 46

Social media accounts:                                                   N/A

Risk management.


Community Organizations:
Little League, youth basketball.

Personal information (hobbies, etc.):
Golf and cycling.


Family status:
Married with two children.

Years in the Legislature:                                                                                      None.

Committee assignments (if elected):


1) What legislation do you support, if any, to address the state’s opiate crisis?
I support the “hub-and-spoke” treatment model legislation for Maine because this model has seen success in other states.

2) What legislation do you support, if any, to address failures in the state’s child abuse prevention system?
I am not aware on any current legislation addressing the state’s child abuse prevention system, but this is not an area where Maine can afford not to have a program that does not fully protect children.

3) Should schools continue to push forward with proficiency-based diplomas? Why or why not?
I support local schools/parents to decide in their individual communities. I worry that the hard path to implement this process would be equally hard to dissolve without leadership and funding.


4) Are you in favor of some type of universal health care for Maine residents? Why, or why not?
I am in support of voter-approved Medicaid expansion law. The law will expand access to health care for 70,000 Mainers. I believe access to quality health care is a fundamental human right.

5) Do you support Question 1 (the 3.8% tax to fund the home care program)? Why, or why not?
I do not support Question 1. I believe such a program should not be a citizen referendum but pursued through the Legislature.

6) Are you frustrated by the political sniping, exaggeration and even lies between the parties and their supporters that have threatened progress usually reached through respect and reasoned compromise? If so, what will you personally do to make the situation better?                                                                                           I can no longer sit back and wait for things to get better; serving all the people in our community will be my top priority. Maine cannot afford more political fighting.

7) Tell voters something about yourself that they don’t already know, and might surprise them.
I am currently the vice president of Loss Prevention and Safety at Goodwill and my duties are to protect the agency’s most valued assets; the clients, staff and customers.

Speed Round

Should voters be required to show ID at the polls?                                                No.

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