DeWitt supervisor faces challenger in re-election bid

Diamond's Endorsements:

Republican, Conservative and Independence parties

Why are you running for DeWitt Town Supervisor?

Michalenko: I originally ran because Jim Guyette asked me to run for his empty Board seat when he made supervisor.  I thought it would be great to support and learn from Jim. Unfortunately, he passed away; I still [think] about how it might have been with him at the helm.  Four years ago I ran for Supervisor to stop the coal plant proposal, which we did; now we are working with the property owner and looking for opportunities to redevelop the site using smart growth principles. I am currently running because I have a series of initiatives underway like the former Alpha-Portland cement site that I would like to complete.

Diamond: Like most voters, I have a general dissatisfaction with different levels of government, in particular at the state and federal levels.  I believe there are some grassroots things that we can do at the town level to set an example to the higher levels of government.  I understand networking and connecting people to help solve problems in business and believe that can be transitioned into better problem solving for DeWitt residents.  After all, the business of the town of Dewitt is serving its residents. Maximizing services and continuing to provide what residents expect from the town will be increasingly challenging as we move forward in tough economic times. I believe my experiences in my service business give me great skills to bring to the table.

What is your public service mission?

Michalenko: I am committed to making DeWitt a community where people want to live, worship, work, shop and play.

Diamond: I come from a mindset of running service businesses.  To be successful, this requires that I meet or exceed my customer’s expectations.  I want to take this approach to town government and look for ways to meet or exceed the town’s residents’ and taxpayers’ expectations of town government.

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