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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. Waynesfield - MayorKristina HahnParty: Non-partisanResidence: South Westminster Street, WaynesfieldAge: 58Relevant experience: Auglaize County Central CommitteeEducation: 1971 Lima Central Catholic High School graduateYears living in area: 16Major issues: Promote citizenship, community pride and an atmosphere that builds a respectful dialogue among residents and elected officials. These ingredients are pre-requisite for our community growth. I promise to dedicate full time to mayor’s position. Institute a mayor’s court to keep funds local. Build an open forum to village government that includes the voice and concerns of all residents. Work with county and state agencies to promote local businesses.Michael Ridenour (incumbent)Party: RepublicanResidence: West Mulberry Street, WaynesfieldAge: 58Relevant experience: Mayor since September 2001; three and a half years as councilman; two months as council president.Education: Graduated from Waynesfield-Goshen High School.Years living in area: 55 years.Major issues: I will continue to be accessible 24/7 to the people of the village. I want to bring natural gas to our community. I will promote economic growth, both short-term and long-term. I want to see major projects completed that council and I put into place. We need to reconstruct North Westminster Street. We need a primary power line rebuild for the north end of the village. We also need an overall upgrade of the electrical systems in the village to increase reliability.We need park expansions and enhancements to include a community center, walking path, BMX track and an enhanced entrance to the park.There are possibilities of wind and solar power generation here.Another issue is the storm sewer system for the northeast quadrant.We should bring more businesses to the industrial park and downtown area.We need to provide an improved and affordable quality of life. We need a proactive approach towards drug and criminal activity in the village. We should explore additional ways to increase efficiency among departments. We should apply for as many grant opportunities as possible.We need experience and leadership in government with a willingness to engage in dialogue with the people who present new ideas. I have an understanding that much has been accomplished, and with cooperation, patience and open-mindedness of the community, so much more will be done. I vow to continue leading the village with integrity, honesty and with a highly qualified and dedicated team of council members.Jeffrey J. SandoeParty: RepublicanResidence: West Ohio Street, WaynesfieldAge: 25Relevant experience: Turkey cook off event promoter; First vice commander, Sons of the American Legion; Member, Knights of ColumbusEducation: 2005 graduate of Waynesfield-Goshen High School; 2007, Hondros College of Real Estate; 2009 to 2010, Ohio State University-LimaYears living in area: 15Major issues: One thing that I would like to accomplish as mayor is bring natural gas to Waynesfield. This will help bring opportunities for industry and business to the community because it is cheaper than other utilities. Industry and business will also bring employment, money and lower property taxes. Another issue that I would like to work on is the appearance of the town. By applying for grants, the sidewalks, streets and streetlights will be improved. With a more pleasant appearance, Waynesfield will be a cleaner and better place to live. Another important thing that I would like to bring back to Waynesfield is mayor’s court. Having mayor’s court in Waynesfield will help bring money to the community because without it, fines are spread across the entire county but if we have mayor’s court, fines and traffic tickets will stay in the community and this will help fund the police department, unlike how it is now funded by taxpayers. Lastly, I would like to have a yearly event, such as a festival, to take place in the village of Waynesfield. An event such as this would be fun for the community as a whole and I also believe that it would be a great way to raise money for the town and needy families. These are just a few ideas that I have to improve the town of Waynesfield if I am elected mayor.

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