Two incumbents and one challenger will vie for two seats on the Folsom City Council at the Nov. 6 general election. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will take office on Dec. 10.
The Folsom City Council is composed of five members elected at large. Each council member represents the entire city rather than one district.
The two seats up for election are held by Jeff Starsky and Ernie Sheldon. The term for the remaining three seats, held by Steve Miklos, Kerri Howell and Andy Morin, will end November 2014.
Jeff Starsky is a corporate lawyer and serves as government affairs director for several California businesses. He earned a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, and his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Starsky was first elected to the City Council in 2000. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2008. He served as mayor in 2002 and 2010 and as vice mayor in 2008.
During his 12 years on the City Council, Starsky has been Folsom’s representative on the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. He is also Folsom’s representative on the Capital Southeast Connector Joint Powers Authority and the Sacramento County Criminal Justice Cabinet. He is a member of the Folsom Economic Development Corporation, actively recruiting businesses to Folsom.
As a bicyclist, runner and golfer, Starksy worked to get the California Man triathlon and AMGEN bicycle tour to Folsom.
He lives in Folsom with his wife, Pam. They have a daughter, Jessica.
Ernie Sheldon was elected to the Folsom City Council in 2008 and served as vice mayor in 2011.
He has a master’s degree in management from the University of Nebraska. Sheldon retired as a Lt. Col. after serving 33 years in the U.S. Air Force.
Sheldon devoted 20 years to development of the city’s parks and recreation facilities as a member of the Folsom Parks and Recreation Commission. He was influential in establishing the Folsom Aquatic Center, Folsom Sports Complex and Senior and Arts Center. The city acknowledged his contributions by naming Ernie Sheldon Park, at 362 Natoma Station Drive, in his honor. In 2002 he was named California’s Outstanding Park Commissioner.
During his time on the Parks and Recreation Commission, Sheldon also served as Folsom Athletic Association executive director. In that role he helped raise $1 million for recreational activities and facilities, and established the Youth Assistance Scholarship Fund.
Sheldon served on the Library Commission and was one of the original directors of the Friends of the Folsom Library. He spearheaded the planning, design and construction of the Veterans Memorial that is connected to the library at City Lions Park.
Sheldon led the effort to expand the annual Folsom Veterans Day Parade from 23 participants to more than 1,400.
Roger Gaylord III
Roger Gaylord, the sole challenger for a City Council seat, is running for the office for the first time. His website: gaylord4folsom.com, states that during his senior year at Folsom High School he founded Solutionskates.com, an online rollerblading retail store that sold extreme sporting goods. When he was 18, he volunteered for the Folsom Police Department’s Citizens Assisting Public Safety program.
His LinkedIn page states he studied Criminal Justice at Folsom Lake College from 2002 to 2004.
Gaylord’s website further states that he is “branch manager and security consultant for Stanley/Niscayah Inc., where he provides corporate security consulting and integrated security solution platforms for major retail chains, large well-known corporations as well as some state agencies, all while directing the financial interests of Stanley/Niscayah’s Sacramento office.”
He is a volunteer coach for his son’s FYBA basketball and Folsom football teams.
Gaylord lives in Folsom with his wife, Veronica, and two children.
Folsom Municipal Code 2.48.030A states: “No person other than a candidate shall make, and no campaign treasurer shall solicit or accept, any contribution which will cause the total amount contributed by such person with respect to a single election in support or opposition to such candidate, including contributions to all committees supporting or opposing such candidate, to exceed $150.”
Violation of the code is considered a misdemeanor, subject to a $500 fine plus relinquishing the excess funds in violation to the city general fund. The election is considered void.
Candidates who receive or spend more than $1,000, or expect to, are required to file Form 460, “Recipient Committee Campaign Statement, with the Fair Political Practices Committee.” Candidates who receive or expend under $1,000 may also file Form 460 reports.
All three Folsom City Council candidates filed a Form 460 for the period ending June 30.
Jeff Starsky’s committee, Starsky for City Council, I.D. No. 1219961, reported a beginning cash balance of $7,100, plus $2,595 in donations, mostly from a fundraiser held in May. His committee spent $1,511 in postage, office supplies web hosting, printing and the fundraiser.
Ernie Sheldon’s committee, Ernie Sheldon for Folsom City Council 2012, I.D. No. 130971, reported a beginning balance of $463.51 and no donations or expenditures.
Roger Gaylord’s committee, Roger Gaylord-Fresh Face for Folsom City Council 2012, I.D. No. 1346735, shows the sole contribution made was $50 by the candidate. There were no expenses listed.
Campaign signs will go up in Folsom no earlier than Sept. 7. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 22. The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is Oct. 30.