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Hendershot excited about prospect of second term

February 04, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - N. Linn Hendershot spent much of his life promoting national sporting events, and now one of his biggest areas of advocacy is for the disabled.

Hendershot, a Democrat, is running for his second term on the Hagerstown City Council.

Hendershot, 60, of 850 W. Irvin Ave., is divorced and has a daughter, Pamela Roberson, who lives in Georgia.

Born in Hagerstown and raised in Warfordsburg, Pa., Hendershot graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1966 with bachelor's degrees in business and journalism.

He worked at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania as a sports information director, then in Atlanta for the National Football League's Falcons. Afterward, he worked in Indianapolis and Daytona, Fla., for the racing industry.

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In 1992 Hendershot, who suffers respiratory problems and uses a wheelchair as a result of a bout with polio as a child, began working in Atlanta with the Olympics, helping to design handicapped accessible sports venues.

Hendershot moved to Hagerstown in 1997. He is the communications director for Western Maryland Hospital Center and was elected in 2001 to the City Council.

Hendershot said he's excited at the possibility of being on the council again.

"We're on the tipping point" as a city, Hendershot said. "I'm having the time of my life right now because I can see things happening."

Hendershot said proud moments over the last four years include his personal work to hammer out an annexation policy for the city, as well as bringing urban planning expert David Rusk to the city to discuss housing policies.

Hendershot said his biggest personal failure over the past four years was not being able to sway other council members in favor of a high-end residential development for Pangborn Park, which he said would have been beneficial for the city.

Over the next four years, Hendershot said, he wants to invest more in the city's public infrastructure - including water, sewer, roads and park systems - and support downtown revitalization.

Hendershot said he's not convinced that the current plans to move Washington County Hospital to a site near Robinwood Medical Center are the most cost-effective, but he believes a new hospital is needed.

The other official candidates are: Kristin B. Aleshire, Ruth Anne Callaham, the Rev. Haru Carter Jr., Walter E. "Nick" Carter, Kelly S. Cromer, Scott D. Hesse, Ira P. Kauffman Jr., Dan G. Kennedy, Lewis C. Metzner, Penny M. Nigh, Alesia Parson-McBean, Henry R. Renner Jr., Donald L. Souders Jr. and Torrence "Tory" VanReenen Jr.

The primary election is March 8. The general election is May 17.

Council members are paid $8,000 a year and are eligible for city health benefits.

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