October 1, 2011
Each general election, The Lima News provides this section profiling the candidates and issues. The Lima News sent questionnaires to every candidate in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties for this election section. Candidates had the opportunity to give biographical information and discuss major issues in their races. Candidates also had an option to submit a photograph. Only names and residences identify candidates who did not return a questionnaire. Van Wert - Law DirectorJohn HatcherParty: RepublicanResidence: Elm Street, Van WertGregory W. Unterbrink (incumbent)Party: DemocratResidence: High Street, Van WertAge: 61Relevant experience: 30 years as practicing attorney; nearly four years as Van Wert law director.Education: Juris doctor from University of Toledo Law School; bachelorís degree from Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas; graduate work in history at St. Maryís University, San Antonio, Texas.Years living in area: Born in Van Wert and lived here all my life (except school and U.S. Army duty)Major issues: I provide honest and reliable service to Van Wert council, where I have not missed any regular council meetings and I have attended almost all of the committee meetings. I have done all the clerical work in my office in addition to court duties, which I share with an assistant.I have strived ot give honest, faithful and diligent service to the people of Van Wert, treating both the rich and poor with the dignity they deserve.I have not been afraid to voice my legal and personal opinions on the issues confronting the city and the people.