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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. Kenton schools - School BoardRichard BarrettParty: Non-partisanResidence: State Route 67, KentonRelevant experience: I have experience with large budgets and government funding. I have relationships with our elected officials in Columbus and Washington D.C. where I have lobbied for rural community issues. Most of all, I care about the education of our children. As a school board member, it would be my goal to see that our children get all the education we are paying for. Past president, Hardin County Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee; Goshen Township trustee; Represent Goshen Township on the Kenton-Hardin Health District Association.Education: Kenton High School graduate; The Ohio State University/Agricultural Technical Institute graduateYears living in area: Born and raised in Hardin CountyMajor issues: The fact that our community has not passed a levy is rooted deeper than just economics. A 2006 market analysis paid for by the Kenton City Schools highlighted the community’s perceptions of the problem issues in the Kenton City Schools system. These issues must be addressed first, before the community will support a levy. It is also a misconception that an “excellent” rating means we have an excellent program. I would strive to achieve recognition as an academic leading school system.I would like to see a new elementary school building, in fact if I had my choice I’d like to see a K-8 school building. Not because the buildings are in bad shape, but because those buildings are not all performing at the same level. Recent comments by administrators blame economic status or the children themselves. I believe that if we put all those students under one roof, one administration, that performance would increase and the transition to middle school would be more successful. I would also like to see our T.A.G. program go farther in our school system. I believe our gifted students are special needs also just the other end of the spectrum.If in fact the community does not pass a levy for a new building, what is our plan B? How are we going to deal with our current building situation? We need to move on from this issue and plan for the next decade.Thomas E. BrimParty: Non-partisanResidence: County Road 195, KentonSheena StrikerParty: Non-partisanResidence: County Road 140, KentonMark WatkinsParty: Non-partisanResidence: Township Road 179, Kenton

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