Write-in candidate Doug Augenthaler defeated incumbent Garbage District Commissioner Jeremy Devine in last week's special district election in a vote of 285 to 240. Devine was seeking a second term of office.
Readers will recall that Augenthaler had originally submitted a nominating petition but then withdrew his name from the ballot because of a personal attack made against a friend of his who was familiar with the garbage district and assisting him with his campaign. Copies of a document with some embarassing information about Augenthaler's mentor were placed on the windshield of Augenthaler's car, posted at school bus stops in the neighborhood where his mentor lives and faxed to various local businesses, including his friend's wife's place of business.
However, about a week before the election, Augenthaler decided to mount a write-in campaign and with the support of several people in town managed to garner 285 votes.
Augenthaler has a strong background for his new position. He graduated with a bachelor of science from Boston College in 1976. He spent his profesisonal life in the investment business, serving primarily as an equity analyst at EF Hutton, Dean Witter and CIBC/Oppenheimer. Over the years, he followed several industrial and technology industries, but spent the bulk of those years following environmental services industry, including the large, national waste haulers, Waste Management and Allied Waste as well as numerous regional, publicly traded trash collection companies. On numerous occasions, he was selected to the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team and named in The Wall Street Journal "Best on the Street" Analyst Survey for his work in the environmental industry. He says, "I gained my reputation by bucking the conventional wisdom and taking controversial stands."
He is currently affiliated with Highbrace Capital, a hedge fund.
The new commissioner has lived in Port Washington for most of his 51 years. He's married to Nancy (Bond), also from Port Washington. They have two daughters; one is a nursing student at Boston College and the other is a senior at Sacred Heart Academy.