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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. Fort Jennings - Mayor (incumbent)James D. SmithParty: RepublicanResidence: Elm Street, Fort JenningsAge: 48Relevant experience: Eight years as mayor; six years on village council; owner of Commercial Tax Records and Financial Services since 1986.Education: Fort Jennings High School; Ohio State University; Lima Technical College; accounting degree.Years living in area: Lifelong resident.Major issues: Our village is facing some rather large cuts in our state funding, and it will be a challenge to continue with maintenance and improvements. Our budget will be one of our main issues for the years to come. We need to find ways to continue to make improvements that will allow us to grow and to create a climate that will attract new homes and businesses.

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