KENTS STORE — Long-time Fluvanna County Public School teacher J. Michael ‘Mike’ Sheridan intends to file papers to run for the Columbia District Board of Supervisors seat.
“I’m tired of sitting back on the bench. It is time for me to get out there and get in the game,” said Sheridan in an interview with Fluco Blog. “I’m tired of sitting around, fussing about what’s wrong. I want to try to roll my selves up and help fix it.”
Sheridan is a physical education and health teacher. He also leads a class called ‘Helping Hands,’ an elective course that promotes volunteerism. Sheridan has over 20 years in the public school system.
“I have the ability to listen. I want to try and do whatever I can to help. I’m a person that just likes to get involved,” said Sheridan.
Sheridan is a fixture in the high school athletic programs. He has coached basketball, football and baseball. He has been the head baseball coach since 2003. In 2012 he was an Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes recipient. Sheridan volunteers with county fire and rescue departments.
The Sheridan name is no stranger to county politics. Mel Sheridan, Mike’s older brother, has served on the Fluvanna Board of Supervisors and more recently as Commissioner of Revenue. This is Mike’s first run for political office.
Sheridan has not yet filed but plans to. The Columbia District is currently served by Shaun Kenney who announced in March he was not running for re-election. Sheridan is the only known person to publicize intention to run for the Columbia District.
There are three races for the Board of Supervisors. Also up for re-election are Don Weaver (Cunningham District) and Joe Chesser (Rivanna District). Chesser has announced he will not run while Weaver has not made a decision yet.
Editor’s note: Bryan Rothamel played baseball for Mike Sheridan for four years.