Sheridan running for second term

Roger Sheridan

Roger Sheridan

NEWBORN - Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan is running for a second term.

At 92, Sheridan is believed to be the oldest mayor in Georgia, if not the country, and he's not ready to slow down yet.

"I probably don't push as hard as I used to, but we're getting things done. That's what counts," he said.

He said he wants to finish the work that's been started during his first term. That includes extending the shoulder and installing sidewalks on Johnson Street, installing sidewalks on Ga. Hwy. 142, from Hwy. 229 to Dollar General, as well as finishing rehabilitation of the historic schoolhouse.

Sheridan is particularly proud of the paving projects that have been completed during his term, including Country Creek Road, Timberlake Drive, Robertson Road, Nelson Street, Field Street, Hilltop Drive, Valley Street and Davis Road. He's also proud of getting a Dollar General to locate in town, as well as the creation of a public park beside Town Hall.

Sheridan says he'll go "one more tour and that's it."

"I figure this two-term deal is right. I look at the people that have been in Congress 30 years and they've lost all touch and perspective with the local people ... they need fresh blood up there and we need fresh blood down here," he said, but added that he's not ready to leave public office just yet.

When Sheridan first ran for office, he emphasized his goal of getting more public input.

"We've still got a ways to go," he said. "I think it's working better. We have people come into Town Hall and sit down and talk to us and tell us some of their problems."

Sheridan has lived in Newborn since 1992. He moved to Newton County in 1970. Prior to being elected mayor, Sheridan was the town manager of Newborn. He is a retired captain with the Army Corps of Engineers.

He has worked for various companies as a project manager overseeing construction of treatment plants, airports, bridges, roads and seaports. Sheridan has been in charge of projects with budgets as high as $500 million.

Sheridan and his wife Shirley have six children.

On the November ballot this year, in addition to the mayor's seat, will be Post 3, currently held by Tom Krieger, and Post 4, currently held by Martha Ellwanger. Qualifying for the municipal election opens at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 26 and closes at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 30.