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Hendershot wants 'proactive' group of Commissioners

July 26, 2006|by TARA REILLY

HAGERSTOWN - N. Linn Hendershot said he isn't running for Washington County Commissioner to make a career out of politics.

"I'm here to hopefully make a difference," he said.

Twenty-four candidates - 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans - are running in the Sept. 12 primary election. The top five vote-getters from each party advance to the Nov. 7 general election.

Hendershot, a Democrat, called for a proactive board of commissioners to tackle issues before they become problems, something he doesn't think the current board is doing well.

"I think we're suffering from a severe case of what I call the ostrich syndrome," Hendershot said. "We have our heads in the sand, and I think we ought to get over that."

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Hendershot said the county "does not spend one nickel" on mental health issues and questioned whether the $150 tax rebates mailed out by the commissioners last month provided effective tax relief for residential property owners.

Native Washington County residents are finding it hard to live in the county because of rising property taxes, he said. City of Hagerstown residents might find it doubly hard, because they're being taxed by both the city and county, he said.

"They're paying for services that they're not benefiting from, and I think it causes a big problem," Hendershot said.

Hendershot also called for better growth management and regional planning. He supports holding at least quarterly meetings with the county's municipalities so the commissioners have a better understanding of issues affecting them.

Hendershot, 61, is a former Hagerstown City Councilman. He served on the council for one term and lost a bid for re-election in 2005.

Hendershot has a daughter, Pamela Roberson, in Prattville, Ala.; and three grandchildren, Ben, Justin and Kayla.

He works as the communications director for Western Maryland Hospital Center and is on the Washington County Commission on Aging board of directors. He is chairman of MIHI (Many Individuals Helping Individuals), sits on the Washington County Disabilities Advisory Committee and is on Community Rescue Service's board of directors and the Horizon-Goodwill Industries board of directors.

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