An Edinburg resident and former business owner plans to run for a seat on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors.

F. Coe Sherrard announced in a news release Wednesday his intention to run as an independent candidate for District 3 on the board. Sherrard states in the release that, though not a politician, a group of residents encouraged him earlier this winter to considering running for election to the seat.

Election Day is Nov. 5.

The 69-year-old Maryland native served for 21 years as an aviator in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserve. Sherrard flew logistics support for the East Coast-based carrier fleet during the latter years of the Vietnam War. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1991 as commander, with more than 2,000 hours of flight time and 200 carrier landings.

Sherrard graduated from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, in 1971 with an economics degree. He pursued a business career, first as an executive with Norfolk-based CI Travel. He then worked as an executive at Herchend Family Entertainment, including a stint as the vice president and general manager of the company’s Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Sherrard worked for Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation for 17 years before he and his wife Jean moved from Tennessee to Woodstock and bought an eatery on Main Street. Sherrard said he and his wife started exploring the Shenandoah Valley as a place to move while they were stationed in Norfolk. The couple renamed the business Woodstock Café & Shoppes and then set out to help Woodstock revitalize its downtown, Sherrard said.

Sherrard has served on the Shenandoah County Tourism Council for 14 years. Jean Sherrard has served on the Woodstock Enhancement Committee.

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