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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. Minster - Council(Choose two)Nicole A. Clune (incumbent)Party: Non-partisanResidence: State Route 119, MinsterAge: 40Relevant experience: Worked for Ohio Department of Transportation for 10 years as a transportation engineer and environmental coordinator; continue to practice for a consulting firm based in Dayton; had the pleasure of planning projects with the public and officials of villages, cities and counties in the region for more than 17 years.Education: Bachelorís degree in civil engineering from The Ohio State University.Years living in area: I have lived in Minster for more than 17 years.Major issues: I have served on the village council for three years and believe Minster is an amazing town with great potential. Minster was built on its residentsí faith, heritage and hard work, and it continues to succeed with these same principles. My goals as councilor focus on supporting the prosperous growth of our community and businesses for today and into our future.The people of our community are the heartbeat of Minster. My first interest as councilor is protecting our residentsí safety and vitality as we grow, with a focus on strong police, fire and EMS services; developing our parks, walkways and bikeways; and an appreciation of Minsterís heritage. Minster has numerous community organizations dedicated to addressing the needs of our town. I hope to continue developing relationships with our organizations, for I believe that we have common goals.Minsterís prosperity is driven by the strength and diversity our businesses. The majority of our businesses in town were started by residents of Minster. The remarkable successes of our businesses are a reflection on the people of this town. It is important that the village continues to recognize this and strives to support our existing and future businesses.Even though I have lived here many years, the village of Minster still amazes and inspires me. As I continue to learn about this beautiful town, I want more and more to facilitate its growth so that it remains the strong and vital community it has always been.Thomas C. HerkenhoffParty: Non-partisanResidence: South Frankfort Street, MinsterAge: 64Relevant experience: 16 years on village council; 18 years management experience in consumer and retail finance; former business owner in MinsterEducation: degree in business administration; completed 2-year program in municipal leadershipYears living in area: 50 years in area; 43 in MinsterMajor issues: There are no major issues. I feel that my experience, knowledge, judgment and diligence for the job best qualify me to continue to represent the residents of Minster on village council.Randall HuelsmanParty: Non-partisanResidence: West 5th Street, MinsterAge: 58Relevant experience: 12 years on council.Education: Minster High School graduateMajor issues: To move ahead with village projects. To see completion of the canal restoration project. Completion of the Fourth Street renovation. Upgrading the wastewater treatment plant.

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