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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 - 6th Ward CouncilDerry L. Glenn (incumbent)Party: Non-partisanResidence: South Union Street, LimaAge: 48Relevant experience: Present 6th Ward councilman for 12 years; current human resources committee chairman; current member of safety services committee; present member of neighborhood concerns committee; past economic development committee member; former Lima council president candidate; former Lima mayor candidate.Education: Graduated from Lima Central Catholic; bachelor’s degree in economics from Central State University.Years living in area: 44Major issues: We have seen large amounts of stimulus money come into our community, with extremely low amounts being designated to employing 6th Ward residents. To address the disproportionate unemployment rate in my ward, I have developed several programs designed to employ adults and youth.Hire-An-Adult Program is a program locating adults with skills to perform everyday services such as home repairs, painting, roofing, etc. Rent-A-Kid Program is similar to the HAP Program. It’s designed to match local residents with youth, ages 10 to 15, who provide services for them. The workers are paid a competitive wage while receiving instruction, experience and critiques of their work performance. Another local program I pioneered and sponsored through the Urban League is the Apprenticeship Program. This program was developed to assist young men in securing employment with the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union. I also facilitate annual job fairs to unite local companies with residents seeking employment.I developed an apprenticeship program to train area youth in preparation for vocational careers. My company currently sponsors a “No Child Left Behind” tutoring program in Lima.I am also working to change policies governing the treatment of abandoned homes. These homes have been allowed to remain in this abandoned state indefinitely. I am working to require these homes to be either refurbished or demolished within six months of being declared abandoned. Penalties I’d like to implement include the garnishment of the homeowners’ wages and night court sessions conducted by a magistrate to address these code enforcement problems.

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