Diana R. Wachtman is running as a Republican challenger to the position of Henry County treasurer on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot.
Wachtman, 53, is running for her first elected position, and is currently the fiscal officer and manager of M&D Farms, M&D Farms Repair, LLC, and LNW Trucking, LLC. The companies are co-owned and operated between Wachtman and her husband, Mark.
The M&D Farms company started in 1996, raising commercial corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. The company now has more than 3,000 acres in production for commercial corn, non-GMO soybeans, winter wheat and popcorn for commercial sale, along with services for planting, spraying and harvesting.
Wachtman grew up in Deshler, graduating from Patrick Henry High School in 1985. As a lifetime resident of Henry County, Wachtman also received an associate’s degree in applied science in radiology from Owens Technical College (now Owens Community College) in 1987, as well as a bachelor’s degree in management from Grand Canyon University in 2010.
Locally, Wachtman worked for 25 years at Henry County Hospital, and began her current work on the family farm in 2013.
She currently resides in Napoleon Township near Okolona with her husband, and the couple has a daughter, Lydia.
The county treasurer serves as the county’s banker and investment officer and also bills and collects taxes.
Wachtman said she was approached by the Henry County Republican Party about running for the position two years ago.
“After thinking about it, I felt I was up for a new challenge and I want try a different path in my life,” she said. “I feel I am up for the challenge of managing and improving the Henry County treasurer’s office. For 25 years I worked with the patients and gave excellent patient care as a radiologic technologist for Henry County Hospital. So, I feel I work well with people.”
Wachtman said she feels her experience at her current position will translate well to the elected position with management education, strengths with computers and experience as a treasurer for organizations.
“In 2013, I started to work at home with my husband on the farm, taking care of the office management,” she said. “I am very competent in computer technology, have been fiscal and payroll manager for our companies for years.”
Wachtman said, if elected, her main priorities would include using modern technology to improve customer service by updating processes and making sure they are the best for the ease of customers, and continue working with the county prosecutor in collecting delinquent taxes in a timely manner.
Wachtman added she would aim to make safe investments with the taxpayers’ money.
“I have experience in personal investing and I hope to invest the public’s monies given the limited scope of investment avenues available,” she said.
The last priority indicated by Wachtman is to provide excellent customer service to the residents of Henry County.
“I have 25 years of experience in patient care when I was employed by Henry County Hospital and excellent customer service in the businesses that I currently run as fiscal officer and manager of M&D Farms, M&D Farms Repair, LLC & LNW Trucking, LLC,” she said.
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