DeWitt Ed Michalenko is seeking re-election after three and a half years as DeWitt town supervisor. Running against him is Art Diamond, a DeWitt native who has served on various DeWitt boards. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. To view polling places for the town of DeWitt, go to www.ongov.net/elections/pollingPlacesTowns.html.
Ed Michalenko served 11 years on the DeWitt Town Board before becoming town supervisor. He was raised in East Syracuse and graduated from ESM in 1975. Michalenko is a former high school biology and chemistry teacher, and earned his masters and doctoral degrees from ESF at Syracuse University.
His professional career has focused on identifying the fate and effects of chemicals released to the environment. He is an accomplished researcher and author, and heads the Onondaga Environmental Institute, a not-for-profit dedicated to education, research, planning and restoration of the environment in Central New York. He has held adjunct faculty positions at SUNY ESF and Syracuse University. He and his wife of 30 years have four adult children and three grandchildren. Michalenko is a lector at Holy Cross Parish in DeWitt, where he also coaches the boys varsity CYO basketball team.
Art Diamond has a bachelor of science degree in business management from Ithaca College. He owns and operates two different service businesses in DeWitt, where he has three kids in the Jamesville-DeWitt School District.
“I am a DeWitt native and have lived here most of my life,” Diamond said. “I have raised my family here, coached little league teams and met many of my fellow residents.”
Diamond is currently in his sixth year as a volunteer serving on DeWitt’s planning board. He served one year on DeWitt’s zoning board and two years on DeWitt’s Parks and Recreation commission. He has been an active DeWitt Republican committee member for more than 10 years.
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