The Lima News sent questionnaires to every candidate in races 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 yet. We continue to receive more questionnaires every day, so check back here soon to see the latest submitted answers.
[image#1, align=left, size=thumbnail]Theresa Allen
Residence: County Road 20, Forest
Relevant experience: Two-term Blanchard Township trustee who has assured a balanced budget and supported lowering township taxes in 2008; township is first in the county to have a block watch group working with Dunkirk and other groups in the county and the Mad-Del group in Hancock County; founder/chair of the Blanchard Township Protectors of Everyone’s American Rural Life Style, leading them in a seven-year fight to protect our families, homes, voter-approved zoning and our township against a stone quarry; over the past 10 years I have been active on six bills at the statehouse, which including mining reform, protecting families, homes, farms and our rural way of life, defending voter-approved zoning, our right to vote and getting townships the right to zone for the generate welfare authority of their residents and local government control, protecting township government; 2002 Ohio Environmental Council’s Citizen’s Environmental Watchdog recipient for helping 12 communities in Ohio and four out-of-state with quarry/mine issues; 2008 Hardin Leadership graduate; 30 years of nursing experience in areas pertinent to a commission, such as public health nursing, county health department and Hardin Hills (county home) issues; was director of nursing at a nursing home; can help at Jobs and Family Services as I was the HHWP Head Start nurse working with four JFS agencies; knowledge of workers’ compensation issues as was also an occupational nurse at Whirlpool and attended numerous weeklong trainings on communication, management and team-building as well as being one of the first public relations ambassadors at Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center
Education: Graduated from New Riegel High School in 1977; graduated from Bowling Green Area School of Practical Nursing in 1978; associate’s degree in nursing (registered nurse) from Owens Technical College in 1988; all five trainings through the Ohio Township Association on economic development, zoning and farmland preservation; numerous trainings on roads and repairs, draining and culverts, zoning, nuisances and cemeteries; attended OTA convention; 2008 Hardin Leadership graduate; attended weeklong trainings on communication, management and team building
Years living in area: 26
Major issues: The major issue for Hardin County is jobs and helping existing businesses stay and grow in the county and having a commissioner committed to working full-time to bring new jobs. I am a member of both the Ada and Kenton chambers of commerce, have friends at the statehouse on both sides of the political aisle and know Jerry Good with the state department of development. I will work with all these contacts, my fellow commissioners and all community leaders to promote jobs and economic development. I will strive to balance this with farmland preservation and make sure all stakeholders are included as early as possible as we pursue these efforts.
Balancing the budget is a requirement of all public entities and will be tougher with the state deficit, decline in interest earnings and stagnant sales tax revenue. Before I ask anyone else to make any more cuts, I will lead by example, garnishing my wage 5 percent and forgoing health insurance at a savings of $28,000 over four years, which could help the sheriff’s office. Public safety is always a priority for our residents and existing businesses and will help us market our community and bring in new people and businesses. I will work hard to protect the sheriff’s regular funding and support block initiatives throughout the county. These will be my top priorities, as well as simply doing what is right, regardless of politics. I will defend your right to vote, your wallet and the county budget.
[image#2, align=left, size=thumbnail]Party: Republican
Candidates: Hardin County Commissioner
Candidates: Hardin County Commissioner