By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
The theme for Donald Burden the last two years has been ‘falling.’
In 2009, just two months before he was set to retire after 47 years at McGraw-Hill, Burden was cleaning his gutters when he took a fall from the roof, leading to four surgeries on his legs and a slight gimp.
Then, last year, Burden, who was Shrewsbury’s council president, was approached by then-Mayor Terel Cooperhouse, who said he wasn’t running for re-election and asked Burden if he’d like to take the spot on the ticket.
It wasn’t something he expected or envisioned when he moved to town in 1976.
“I just fell into it,” said Burden, a Republican who was elected mayor in an uncontested race in November.
With three months under his belt, Burden can readily declare his borough and his legs, to a certain degree in good shape for the future.