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Hendershot to run for Hagerstown City Council

February 07, 2001|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Hendershot to run for Hagerstown City Council



Hagerstown City Council candidate N. Linn Hendershot is excited about plans for Hagerstown that include a new state university center and the opening of the city Fairgrounds.

But he has concerns about the projects too.

"I'm extremely optimistic about what the future holds, but if there's not good leadership we could end up with a white elephant or two," said Hendershot, 56, a Democrat.

He said the planned University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center "could be a white elephant" if it's not done right.

Hendershot supports some city funding for a $4.4 million Greater Hagerstown Committee proposal to demolish several buildings to make room for wider alleys and more parking around the planned education center.

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Hendershot said the center needs to be available to everyone. The center, planned for the first block of West Washington Street, is expected to be a night school. But the Paratransit buses stop running at 6 p.m., he said.

"I am interested in disability issues for obvious reasons. But I'm not just interested in disability issues," said Hendershot, who uses a wheelchair and ventilator.

Hendershot had polio as a child, which left him with weak lungs. In 1997, he had a serious case of bronchial pneumonia.

He said his health shouldn't be an issue, adding that he goes to long meetings and works long hours now.

Hendershot is communications director at the state-run Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown.

He serves as chairman of Washington County Disability Advisory Committee and heads the group MIHI, Many Individuals Helping Individuals, which focuses on making recreational areas accessible for people of all abilities.

Hendershot supports the redevelopment of Fairgrounds Park into an outdoor recreation center. But he said the playing fields, which are to open to the public this spring, should have a management team to oversee scheduling and activities at the park.

Hendershot said the city should work closely with the Washington County Commissioners and the other municipalities in the county.

Hendershot said he supports some city funding for a new baseball stadium.

Hendershot's making his first run for public office because, "I would like to make a difference in the future of this community."

He said he hopes to bring some of the same spirit that his uncle, former Washington County Commissioner Lem Kirk, brought to public office.

Hendershot resides at 850 W. Irvin Ave. He was raised in Warfordsburg, Pa., and graduated from Southern Fulton High School in 1962. He graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1966.

Hendershot and eight other Democrats are running in the city's March 13 primary election. The general election is May 15.

City Council members are paid $8,000 a year.

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