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City of FolsomCandidate for City Council

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Ernie Sheldon

12,843 votes (25.33%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I am a doer/multitasker: Protect Folsom's quality of life, monitor all aspects of development, protect the river front
  • Minimize water concerns, discourage site development south of White Rock Road, improve traffic
  • Monitor city fiscal responsibilities, continue K-12 and community college enhancements, finish 10 undeveloped parks and 10 unfinished parks



Profession:Retired Air Force Officer
Executive Director, Folsom Athletic Association (1988–current)
Vice Mayor, Folsom City Council — Elected position (2008–current)


University of Nebraska Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.), Business and Management (1974)

Community Activities

Director 1985; Executive Director 1988, Folsom Athletic Association (1985–current)
Organizer, Folsom Veterans Day Parade (started in 2000) (2003–current)


For 31 years, I have been making things happen in Folsom.

  • Wrote the first Park Master Plan in 1987
  • Served 20 years on the Parks and Recreation Commission. During my tenure we built 43 new parks in Folsom
  • Named Outstanding California Park Commissioner in 2002 by the California Park and Recreation Society
  • Ernie Sheldon Park named in my honor for outstanding dedication to Folsom parks and the City of Folsom and I’m still living
  • Proposed the Folsom Aquatic Center and did the organizing and research leading to council approval
  • Proposed the value of purchasing the Folsom Sports Complex and established the funding proposal which the council approved. Final payment was made in January 2013
  • Fund raised $700,000 for the remodel of the Livermore Youth Football Field
  • Proposed and researched the feasibility of retaining the fire station and remodeling it into the current Senior and Arts Cultural Center
  • Spearheaded planning, designing and construction of the Folsom Veterans Memorial
  • Sole fundraiser for the Veterans Day Parade which grew from 23 participants to 2900 under my guidance
  • Served as Library Commissioner and was original Director of the Friends of Folsom Library
  • Participated with the Folsom Cordova Unified School District in finishing one high school, building a new one and modernizing many of our older elementary schools
  • Was a signer of Bond Measure G
  • Executive Director of the Folsom Athletic Association-raised over $1,000,000 for Folsom recreational activities and facilities and awarded $80,000 worth of scholarships for high school seniors. Raised more than $300,000 profits from Fireworks sales for Folsom youth sports groups

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

There’s a need to elect persons to the Folsom City Council who do more than talk a good game. I am a conservative politician. I believe in personal responsibility on finances and the importance that you live within your means. You have to have a practice and not waiver in honesty, integrity, dedication, and be consistent to be in politics in the right way. In addition, there is no substitution for experience that comes from hard work.

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