We previously reported on a petition making its way around Sheridan with the goal of overturning the city council's decision to fluoridate the municipal water supply. After having representatives at the Sheridan Farmer's Market on Thursday, petition creator Heather White says they garnered hundreds of new signatures in the span of a few hours.
Sarah Mercer and Rachael Petsoff were there at their own booth asking residents to sign the petition. Mercer estimates close to 90 percent of the people they asked to sign were interested, if they hadn't already. She says fluoridation against popular sentiment is literally shoving medication down the throats of each and every citizen.
Janet Berry, a registered dental hygienist and community oral health coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Health, was instrumental in first getting the city council to endorse the idea of fluoridation years ago. She says reversing the decision to fluoridate would be the wrong move, as she says it's a safe way to improve the oral health and therefore increase the overall health of the population.
But Mercer says she's confident the petition will succeed based on this - the most frequent comment she says they received at their booth Thursday.
We'll have an updated signature count as soon as it becomes available.