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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. Kalida - School Board(Choose two)Brian LaudickParty: Non-partisanResidence: Road I17, CloverdaleNicole NiemeyerParty: Non-partisanResidence: State Route 114, KalidaAge: 36Relevant experience: I have worked in higher education for several years and know how important secondary education is in succeeding at college and on into the future.Education: Master’s degree in business administration, University of Northwestern Ohio; bachelor’s degree in business communication, University of Toledo.Years living in area: 13 yearsGerald “Gerry” VorstParty: Non-partisanResidence: U.S. 224, KalidaRelevant experience: Working in industry my entire life, I see the importance of a quality education. No matter what the future holds for our children, we need to provide our children with a sound educational foundation. But I also understand the value of being a fiscal steward. I will utilize my decision-making skills to make sound decisions while maintaining the long-term interest of the community.Education: Bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering, Ohio State University; master’s of business administration, Wright State University.Years living in area: 29.Major issues: I have three goals in becoming a school board member. One is to become a dependable liaison between the school and the Kalida community. Second is to help set policies to maintain Kalida’s tradition of an excellent rating by the state. Third is to provide the students with the best education possible. I plan on making sound decisions to help the school grow for the future while keeping the best interest of the Kalida community.Kalida - School Board (unexpired terms)(Choose two)Susan M. GerdemanParty: Non-partisanResidence: Road 17N, Fort JenningsAge: 52Relevant experience: Employed at University of Northwestern Ohio as a financial aid advisor. Attended the OSBA Leadership Institute and the OSBA Capital Conference the last two years.Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tiffin UniversityYears living in area: 31Major issues: I was appointed to the Kalida Board of Education in February 2010 and I am running for the remaining two years of my term. I am a believer in public service and I enjoy learning the inner workings of our education system. As we all know public education is under much scrutiny today and we are being forced to make due with less state monies. It is more important than ever that we as a community continue to work together for the education of our students. Kalida Local School district is fortunate to have top-notch administrators and a faculty and staff dedicated to the education and success of our students. By working together we will continue Kalida’s “Tradition of Excellence.”Gregory L. VonderembseParty: Non-partisanResidence: Road 19, Fort Jennings

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