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 - Council presidentRay MagnusParty: Non-partisanResidence: West Grand Avenue, LimaAge: 61Relevant experience: Worked with many organizations to help the residents of Lima; contributor/sponsor for Samaritan House, Rebuilding Together and others; vice president of Rebuilding Together; vice president of Northside Neighborhood Association; six years military (Army) as a paratrooper; served in Vietnam as a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade; served four years as 1st Ward city councilman.Education: Attended college at Austin Peay State University.Years living in area: Raised and attended school in Lima. Moved away for military and job opportunity. Returned to Lima in 1995.Major issues: With the reduced economic opportunities for the city, we need someone who can lead and make tough decisions. We don’t need a rubber stamper. We need a leader who will put the residents and employees of Lima above their own political agenda.We need to address economic viability, crime prevention, budget crisis and vacant/abandoned housing. We need to make decisions that will entice development to remain or locate here. There are several changes I will make as city council president. I will recall the automatic raise ordinance for the administration and city council. The storm water run-off fee (tax) ordinance would be recalled, and a $5,000 to $7,500 cap would be set for businesses, churches, schools and non-profits. The residential fee would also be lowered. Next, I would put the storm water responsibility where it belongs, in the Utility Department.I will work to have term limits on the position of mayor. I believe that three consecutive terms is enough to do what needs to be accomplished.I will work to bring employment opportunities to our residents. I will work for all the citizens and employees in the city. If they are successful, then the city is successful.I would like to end with a quote: Politicians and a baby’s diaper have a lot in common; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Please vote.John G. Nixon (incumbent)Party: Non-partisanResidence: Sherry Lee Drive, LimaAge: 50Relevant experience: 20 years on Lima council (1st Ward, 1990-1994; 2nd Ward, 1996-2007, president, 2007-present); chaired finance committee for 14 years and served on several council committees; Nickles Bakery for 30 years in sales, currently plant manager at Nickles Bakery, Lima.Education: Business administration from University of Northwestern Ohio.Years living in area: Lived in Lima 50-plus years (entire life)Major issues: The major issues facing the city are managing the impact of state budget cuts on local government. The challenge is maximizing service levels on less funding and not raising taxes. Safety services have always been my No. 1 priority. When the city faced financial challenges in the past, I demonstrated my ability to prioritize safety services and maximize use of taxpayers’ dollars without raising taxes. As we move forward and deal with the impact of cuts from the state, there will be tough decisions to be made. These decisions require council to give serious consideration to the impact of changes in operations and delivery of services. It will be important to residents to have a council president who has a proven and consistent decision-making record.Economic development is always a priority, and council must attempt to create an environment that is conducive to businesses remaining here and new businesses locating here. Zoning issues and infrastructure resources are two key areas where council has a legislative impact. I have worked to resolve zoning issues and find common ground between the interests and concerns of residents and business owners. I supported all legislation pertaining to the new Furl Williams Reservoir, which came in several million dollars less than expected, providing a necessary resource needed to attract industry to Lima and the surrounding area. I continue my commitment to give residents a true voice in city government, a pledge I made in my first campaign and will continue to deliver.