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. Elida - MayorRon KlopfensteinParty: Non-partisanResidence: West North Street, ElidaAge: 73Relevant experience: Mayor of the village 12 of the past 14 years; 40 years as a construction foreman; 30 years as a volunteer fireman; 30 years as an advanced EMT; 28 years as a state arson investigatorEducation: High school; two years Ohio NorthernYears living in area: 32Major issues: To continue improvement of our infrastructure/utilities. To meet 21st century demands for the community as a whole. Make sure that the village stays fiscally sound for the future. Maintain a professional police department to help guarantee a safe community for all citizens. In short, provide an environment that new people would like to move here and raise a family.