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Sheldon secures second City Council seat, Starsky re-elected

Business-backed Younts places third
By: Don Chaddock/The Telegraph
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Ernie Sheldon, the straight-talking public servant who advocates a “get it done” approach, took the second spot on the Folsom City Council. Without major endorsements, Sheldon’s grassroots campaign performed an upset Election Night as he garnered enough votes to pull ahead of business-favorite Rosemary Younts. Incumbent Jeff Starsky, who has served on the council since 2000, easily won re-election. Unavailable for comment, Starsky’s campaign focused on his record with the city and sound fiscal policies. Starsky took 31 percent of the vote while Sheldon came in with 23 percent and Younts trailed in third with 18 percent. When Mayor Eric King decided he would not seek re-election, Sheldon tossed his hat in the ring to replace him. “We did (our campaign) on the beer budget because that’s what we had. I’m positive about the outcome,” said Sheldon. Surrounded by campaign volunteers, family and friends at his home on Election Night, Sheldon said Starsky ran a good, clean campaign. “It was a pretty good race as far as being negative goes. I thought Starsky ran a very good race. I knew he’d be hard to beat,” he said. Tom Handy, one of Sheldon’s supporters, was optimistic as the group watched election returns. “I supported Ernie because he’s going to do what’s best for the community of Folsom,” Handy said. Others vying for the seats were Michael Gordon and John Arnaz, both on the city Planning Commission. They came in fourth and fifth with 16 percent and 10 percent of the vote, respectively. Meanwhile at City Slickers bar on Natoma Street in Folsom on election night, Bart Brown of Folsom said he supported Gordon and Sheldon. “I liked Ernie because he’s older and put a lot of years in at the parks. I feel he was more fiscally responsible for the small items in the city,” Brown said. “I voted for Gordon because he’s the opposite. I feel he won’t spend a dime.”