An Edinburg man is running for a seat on Town Council.

James Baird, 55, filed the necessary paperwork with the Shenandoah County Office of the General Registrar by the March 3 deadline to appear on the ballot for the May 5 election.

Baird was born and raised in Fairfax City. He attended Fairfax High School and later earned his GED through Fairfax County Public Schools in 1982.

Baird said he worked for the Washington Star newspaper at age 10 and worked in food service by age 14, with his first job at the Tasty Diner where he washed dishes. His work experience includes retail, food service and distribution centers. He now works for DB Schenker Logistics in Winchester.

Baird moved to the Northern Shenandoah Valley in the 1990s and now lives in Edinburg with his wife Paula.

He said his experience as a “blue-collar” worker is a reason that he should serve on Town Council.

“I’m the person that goes out and works for a living and whatnot and I can speak up for the people that are out here in the town,” Baird said. “Plus, I know logistics. That’s what I’ve been doing for 30 years, between logistics and grocery.

“I’m not a regular politician like anybody else,” he added. “I’m just a blue-collar worker that feels that sometimes the questions that I used to have, maybe they have the same questions ... maybe I can give them better answers or maybe I can ask the questions for them if it comes down to it.”

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