Bevelyn Beatty
Bevelyn Beatty
Republican Bevelyn Beatty of Belfast has filed to run for House District 97, which includes the towns of Belfast, Northort and Waldo. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Beatty says she moved to Belfast a year and a half ago to work as a caregiver for a client with disabilities. She is also a street minister who travels around the world preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ with her nonprofit group At the Well Ministries. Beatty says she decided to run for the Maine Legislature after praying.

“As our fabulous President Trump always states, ‘Here in America, we worship God and not government,’” said Beatty in her campaign video. “For too long Maine has been lied to, bamboozled, manipulated and hoodwinked into thinking a certain way. And this has to change.”

If elected, Beatty told The Free Press that her priority will be to limit access to welfare benefits because she believes that the programs often get abused and that her Bible tells her that “a man that doesn’t work does not eat.” She says she has firsthand experience with welfare, having been on SNAP during college. However, Beatty says she didn’t qualify for much government aid because she didn’t have children, so she was evicted from her apartment and forced to drop out of school.

“How could you not help someone who’s trying to work, who is going to school, but you don’t help them?” said Beatty. “You help the girl who wants to lay down with any, excuse my French, Tom, Dick and Harry and have four or five babies. She can get all the help in the world. So there’s a lot of disconnect with the social system.”

Beatty says she does not support gun control measures because making drugs illegal hasn’t kept them off the streets. She added that banning guns will make society more vulnerable.

“If, God forbid, our land is ever invaded, we can aid the army and also if, God forbid, like the Holocaust, the government turns on its own people, we can have guns to protect ourselves.... Switzerland was the only country [the Germans] didn’t invade because the people were armed.”

Beatty says she supports a law banning abortion, similar to a proposal in South Carolina that is meant to challenge the constitutionality of the Roe v. Wade decision at the Supreme Court. She says she knows from her personal experience that abortion is used as a form of birth control, having had three abortions herself.

“I just didn’t want to deal with the responsibility at the time because I was not responsible,” said Beatty. “And now the consequences are before me and I let a living person in my body pay for that.”