Diffenderfer slates write-in bid for Antrim Township supervisor

PAT FRIDGEN
SCOTT DIFFENDERFER

Scott Diffenderfer has thrown his hat into the ring as a write-in candidate for Antrim Township supervisor. He will face John Alleman and Pat Heraty for two seats on the five member board. All three are Republicans. The term is for six years.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Diffenderfer, 54, served as a supervisor from 1989 to 2007. He did not run for re-election that year because his job interfered with the responsibilities of the position. He now owns his own business as a consultant in the agricultural field, specifically for tree care companies, and works from his home on Lohman Ave. He said he felt an obligation to give back to the community where he has made a living for the past 30 years.

"I miss being on the board," he said Saturday. "This is a good opportunity to get back on."

He cited three other reasons for desiring to serve again. One was a general sense that things were not running to his liking in the township. Bushtown School, a historic one-room schoolhouse, was recently demolished, but the previous board had been looking into preserving it. He thought Antrim had some spending priorities askew. The sewer plant used to be recognized at the state level for its quality operation, but that no longer occurs. "It was a well-running machine for a long time."

Diffenderfer is also very concerned about the occupation of one candidate.

"I have issues with Mr. Heraty and his obligation to be unbiased as a supervisor."

Heraty is district manager of Waste Management of Greencastle. The national corporation owns Mountain View Reclamation in Upton. Because part of the landfill is in Antrim Township, the two entities have an agreement which comes up for renewal every five years. The current one expires in December. Antrim receives monies from WM designated for specific purposes, including parks, and fire and emergency services; and negotiates trash disposal conditions for residents and the municipality itself.

"Waste Management is a huge issue for Antrim Township," explained Diffenderfer. "It's an environmentally-sensitive issue. Everything is fine now, but could become a big deal and an expensive one. Heraty as a supervisor could create a problem in my mind."

Diffenderfer has also been asked by many residents over the past four years to consider another run. He is pleased with the support expressed. He realizes a write-in campaign is an uphill battle, and would welcome assistance. Anyone interested may call him at 262-3828. Regardless, he just hopes people take advantage of their Constitutional right and get out to vote.

Diffenderfer is a member of the Franklin County Redevelopment Authority, also served on Antrim Township Municipal Authority for several years, and is active in trade associations. He and his wife Kim have two children, Andrew, 29, and Abby, 24.