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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. Lima - 2nd Ward CouncilZachariah BroshesParty: Non-partisanResidence: Coakley Drive, LimaAge: 34Relevant experience: Appointed to Lima council and spent a year serving as the 2nd Ward representative in 2007; chaired the Charter Review Commission for the last three years; worked for Pack Pharmacy since 2001 as pharmacist and currently serving as director of clinical services for the pharmacy as well as director of operations.Education: Doctor of pharmacy degree in 2001 from Ohio Northern University; graduated in 1995 from Elida Senior High School.Years living in area: Grew up in American Township and have lived in Lima/Allen County for 30 years; lived in 2nd Ward since 2004.Major issues: I believe that the City of Lima is a great place to live. Lima and Allen County is a place of great opportunity. We have all of the services to attract businesses and industry to Lima. We have been held back by a state government that has been unwilling to compete for industry. The current governor has re-opened the door and welcomed manufacturing back to Ohio. We need to be out in front, inviting them to Lima.The city has been fiscally conservative for many years and until recently has carried a healthy cash balance. As we compensate for budget changes, I want to reevaluate, line by line, the entire city operations and budget. We need to be sure to maximize the services that Lima should provide and eliminate those that arenít essential. There are a lot of opportunities for cost savings. However, we must be willing to think outside the box. I believe council members must be more proactive in addressing issues rather than reactive. As a council member, I will not wait for the administration to make proposals, I will ask council to direct the administration to reevaluate areas of potential cost savings and staunchly defend your tax dollars.We nyst vigorously fight unfunded mandates.Lima has lost talent and education from its base over the last several years, as those who grow up in the area choose not to return. As we grow our manufacturing base again, we will see incentives for our youth to return. Sam McLean (incumbent)Party: Non-partisanResidence: Carolyn Drive, LimaAge: 55Relevant experience: Current city councilman for 2nd Ward; own a business in Lima.Education: Licenses in Ohio and Pennsylvania for financial services, series 6 and 63, property, casuality life and variable annuities; health in Ohio.Years living in area: Married for 29 years and lived in Lima for over 38 years; in the 2nd Ward for more than 25 years.Major issues: We must keep the doors open for businesses to locate inside the city limits. (It generates local income tax.) We must make it easy to do business with the departments that service businesses.We should look at the expenses of each department and eliminate all unnecessary cost. All elected officials needs to reduce their wages by 10 percent. Those that have medical coverage should pay more for the privilege.We should look at the medical plans and adjust coverage to provide good coverage but higher deductibles to save money. We should get new quotes if necessary.We must maintain safety services employment levels but ask them to contribute a fair amount for the cost of insurance. Our police and fire departments are an asset in protecting our city.We should be more informative to Council and the people who live in the city. It is hard to find information or someone to give it to you. Cooperation is the answer. The people that live in the city provide a paycheck to you. We must consolidate some services with Allen County to save money, such as central dispatch.We should employ a grant writer to make sure we get our fair share of state monies.We must find a way to pay for the EPA mandates without raising our sewer bills. Ask Congress to help pay for the Clean Water Act it forced down the throat of this community.We should work closer with Allen County and surrounding townships to see if we have duplicate services to consolidate.

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