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City Council Candidate Profile: Ernie Sheldon

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Seeking a Folsom City Council seat in November is long-time resident Ernie Sheldon. Sheldon, 73, currently is chairman of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission and has served on the parks board for 20 years. He is a retired career member of the U.S. Air Force. “Since I’ve been here – 23 years – I’ve also served as a planning commissioner and a library commissioner,” Sheldon said. “I know how city government works. I ‘m acquainted with budgets. That’s what I bring to the plate.” Sheldon holds a master’s degree in management from the University of Nebraska. During a 32-year career in the Air Force, he served as a personnel officer and a computer designer. “I feel I’ve done some good for Folsom,” Sheldon said. “When I came in, we had three parks. Now, we have about 45. The City Council has helped a lot.” Even with its notable amenities, however, Folsom probably will wind up squeezing in at least a few more, according to Sheldon. “Are we done yet? We’re not done,” he said. “This is a very positive town.” Sheldon also is executive director of the non-profit Folsom Athletic Association, an advocate for improved recreational programs in the city. “The main issue is to maintain the quality of life,” he said. “That’s what I do. Parks are integral, a staple, like churches and service organizations. It’s all part of the quality of life. I think I’m equal to the task.”