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. Perry Township - TrusteeChris BurgessParty: Non-partisanResidence: Ream Road, LimaAge: 47Relevant experience: Operated my own businesses, both Home and Office Communications and farm in Perry Township.Education: Graduated from Perry High School; associate’s degree in electronics from DeVry Institute of Technology.Years living in area: 47Major issues: The Perry Township Trustee position will give me the opportunity to work with the people of Perry Township to better our community. Roadways should be maintained and safe. We should protect Perry Township’s tax base by preventing annexation of the township, and we must work with the people of Perry Township to resolve all issues.Kevin W. Cox (incumbent)Party: Non-partisanResidence: Ditzler Road, HarrodAge: 56Relevant experience: Currently serving as Perry Township trustee, 4 years; Perry Township Board of Appeals, 4 years; President of Ottawa River Coalition Committee; General foreman, construction; Farmer, business owner; Perry Township historian; Past president, Perry Township Historical Society; 4-H advisor for Perry Blue Ribbon Club; Local 41 Apprenticeship Financial Advisor; Past president, Perry Music Boosters; Member, regional planning; Married and father of four childrenEducation: Perry High School graduate; Four-year skilled trade apprentice programYears living in area: 47Major issues: Perry Township is fiscally sound and a valuable economic area in Allen County. It has the ability to attract new jobs and businesses. Continuing to work in making our township viable and prosperous is a priority as we look at new economic opportunities. It is important to look at the past four years of working with all entities to attract new businesses and industries. We have enjoyed successes and will give our full attention to additional growth possibilities.We will continue to review the infrastructure we now have available. It is necessary to identify our strengths and weaknesses. It is important to work on areas of development still needed in the township. Planning our future is of major importance if we are to continue to grow our tax base.As your Perry Township trustee, I have given my full attention in working to build a better future for tomorrow. I believe I have addressed concerns and issues our constituents have brought to the trustees and work together in the best interest of our township. I will continue to address township needs and issues.I cherish our strong agricultural base while working to accommodate interested business and industry opportunities. My background and training and last four years as your trustee gives me the experience in working with people at all levels. Together we will provide the building blocks needed for tomorrow. I am thankful for the opportunity to have served and ask for your future support to accomplish our needs.