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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. Cairo - CouncilRobert L. Douglas (incumbent)Party: Non-partisanResidence: East Main Street, CairoAge: 69Relevant experience: Owned and operated transportation business for 20-plus years; 11 years in construction, with three years owning business.Education: Vocational rehabilitation.Years living in area: Lima area since 1987, Cairo since 2003.Major issues: We need to get city water in the village. We need to get the storm sewers and the streets upgraded, especially Main Street. We also need to provide adequate police protection for the village.John E. Gross (write-in, incumbent)Party: RepublicanResidence: Wall Street, CairoAge: 53Relevant experience: Education: Lima Senior High School; Lima Vocational School.Years living in area: 16 yearsMajor issues: We are working on getting city water, and I want to be sure it is affordable and as cheap as we can get for all.We need to work on keeping crime out.We should work on keeping properties up to code and looking nice.I will listen to the people and vote for the issues that are best for them and what they want.

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