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Posted: October 30, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Your Candidates: Newborn Mayor

J.W. Cummings (Incumbent)

1. When and why did you move to Newton County?

1965, married a Newton County girl and been married for 44 years. I wasn’t born in Newton County but chose it and Newborn for my home.

 

2. Please list the names of your spouse and children.

Wanda, spouse, Scott, Shawne, Ryan

All three children graduated from Newton County. My daughter has her Ph. D in education, and I am very proud of her. My two sons chose to be in our family business. They are very successful in managing and continuing this business.

 

3. Please list your educational background.

Went to school in Taylor County, but did not graduate.

 

4. Please describe your professional background.

Seven and a half years in the Army National Guard. I have run my company for 40 years, grading and site development. Have done and still do government work.

 

5. Please describe your community/non-profit/public service background.

I am active in church work and am a proud member of Shiloh Baptist Church of which I am a deacon.

 

6. What is the most important issue facing your city?

- Keeping and adding police protection

- Fixing the old school

- Paving more streets city parking lots.

 

7. If elected, what are your goals for office?

I continue to praise God for Newborn and what it stands for.

- More police protection for citizens

- Fix the old school house with grant monies hopefully

- Pave city parking and streets

- Educate employees for maximum productivity

- Not to go up on city taxes

- Hopefully get city house hold garbage pickup

 

 

James King

1. When and why did you move to Newton County?

I moved to Newborn in November 1973, because I took a job in Newborn at Farm Fresh Eggs.

 

2. Please list the names of your spouse and children.

Spouse: Wanda King, one daughter -Theresa Smallwood, one son - Jason King

 

3. Please list your educational background.

I have a GED from Tri-County Tech in Murphy, N.C.

 

4. Please describe your professional background.

I was in the poultry business and feed sales.

 

5. Please describe your community/non-profit/public service background.

I have served several years on the Newborn council and was Mayor for 3 years.

 

6. What is the most important issue facing Newborn?

Improvement of streets and the repair of the historic schoolhouse in Newborn.

 

7. If elected, what are your goals for office?

Improve on our streets; repair the historic schoolhouse in Newborn; repair the front of Town Hall; keep taxes low; pave the parking area next to Town Hall; and always keep the Town looking clean.

 

 

Roger Sheridan

1. When and why did you move to Newton County?

I moved to Newton County in 1972, because I was project manager (V.P. of company) for “I-75” project in Henry County.

 

2. Please list the names of your spouse and children.

Wife, Shirley (married 65 years)

Children: Kathleen Farber, Richard Sheridan, Margaret Cartledge, Susan Johnston, Sherrie Sheridan, Lanny Sheridan

 

3. Please list your educational background.

Purdue University

attended West Point (physical disability discharge)

Utah University

Westminster College (BSCE)

 

4. Please describe your professional background.

Retired Captain U.S. Army; Army Corps of Engineers; Professional Engineer/Land Surveyor (now retired)

Project Manager on projects in 32 countries and 18 states. From small projects up to $500 million projects including: sewage disposal systems, water treatment plants, highways, buildings, ports and airports.

 

5. Please describe your community/non-profit/public service background.

Member of BPOElks (Covington)

Life Member China Post #1 (American Legion)

Military Order of Purple Heart

Disabled American Veterans

 

6. What is the most important issue facing your city?

I believe the most important issue is the lack of participation of our citizens in the town’s activities. We (the group of candidates running for all council seats in Newborn) want participation by everyone in the town.

 

7. If elected, what are your goals for office?

Our goal is to include the town people in decisions being made. For instance, presently at council meetings, items on the agenda are voted upon without input from the citizens present. They are asked for comments only at the end of the meeting – after all of the items have been voted on!

 

Clarifying the arrangement between the town and county on the new fire station on Highway 213; including the people’s input on all items on the meeting agendas; bringing back proper sealed bidding on town projects; clarifying the arrangement on the old school house and finalizing the repair of the building.

 

 

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