Sheridan Candidates Air Thoughts on Fluoridation

The candidates for a two-year term on Sheridan's city council were asked their positions on fluoridation of the city water supply at a forum this week.

Answers ranged from how fluoridation became an issue to whether the city has the right to add fluoride to the water which serves the city and some rural residents.

Incumbent Councilman Robert Webster, who is seeking election to a two-year term, said the issue came up when the city was looking at improvements to the water treatment plants.

He added that, though the city added equipment that would allow the city to add fluoride, the city hasn't fluoridated the water and hasn't set a date to do so.

Thayer Shafer, challenger for the council seat, questioned the city's right to fluoridate the water.

He said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies fluoride as a medication, and added that a medication must be prescribed, according to the American Medical Association. Shafer has lived in Sheridan since 1987, and described himself as a constitutional and fiscal conservative.

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