NEW CITY, N.Y. – Mike Diederich, Jr., an attorney from Stony Point, on Tuesday filed with the R.C. Board of Elections a petition to run as an independent candidate for the Rockland County Legislature, District 1. He will challenge the incumbent Republican, Doug Jobson. The Democratic Party did not put up a candidate. District 1 includes Stony Point, Sloatsburg and parts of Haverstraw and Ramapo.
“I decided to run after learning that otherwise the incumbent would run unopposed; democracy needs the competition of ideas,” Diederich, who has run on multiple other occasions, almost winning in 2007, explained. “I lost by nine votes in 2007 running as a Democrat; I think I can do better running on my own independent line, ‘Preserving Rockland,’ as this gives me complete freedom to do what’s best for the citizens.”
Diederich said he is critical of the “business as usual” politics in Rockland County: “There is no ‘two party system’ when one party does not offer a candidate; Shame on the Democratic leadership for not offering a candidate.
“Problems of critical importance to the people of Rockland County are being left unaddressed by our county political leaders,” Diederich continued. “Has the incumbent addressed any of our big problems?
“What are Mr. Jobson’s views regarding the problems in the East Ramapo Central School District”?, Diederich asks. “Will East Ramapo’s problems become northern Rockland’s problems?”