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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. Lima - School Board Catherine Kouns Born (incumbent)Party: DemocratResidence: South Glenwood Avenue, LimaAge: 50Relevant experience: Appointed to board in April 2010; employed as a management consultant for four-plus years; 24 years in communications.Education: Masterís degree in business administration, Bluffton University; masterís degree in communications, Illinois State University; bachelorís degree in speech and theater, Eureka College.Years living in area: 18 years.Major issues: I hope to continue to move the district forward in achieving excellent educational opportunities for our children. We need to continue fiscal responsibility. I enjoy working with our excellent staff to provide each child the best education possible.Randall Lee Hunter (write-in)Party: DemocratResidence: Franklin Street, LimaAge: 53Relevant experience: Secretary for Mike Nickles Home Improvements; secretary for Wayne Trail Missionary Baptist Church Association for 15 years and treasurer for 10 years; vice president of Allen County Genealogical Society for two years and president for one year; clerk for Continental Missionary Baptist Church for 10 years; member of Friends of the Library for three years; board member/treasurer for Northwest Conductive Education of Ohio for 15 years; volunteer at Lima Memorial Health System from 2008 to present; president of parent-teacher organization at Allen County Head Start for one year; member of Shawnee Athletic Boosters Club since 2008; parent-teacher organization for Elida book fair for three years.Education: Jefferson Elementary; Perry Junior and High School; two years college at Lima Tech, Ohio State University-Lima and Rhodes State College.Years living in area: 53Major issues: It is the duty of a school board member to listen to the community, the teachers, parents and students. We donít have all the answers to the questions, but if we ask the right questions we will understand the needs better and meet the standards, and it will come to pass. I enjoy working with the public. I am involved in different groups around the city, and I would like to be involved with the Lima school board as a member, so that is why I am seeking a position on the Lima school board.I believe that a board member should attend board meetings, spend time communicating with students, teachers, parents and community members so all policy decisions, evaluations are made with thorough knowledge and made in the best interest of all children in the district. Also, there needs to be more parental involvement with the community and school.Michael LeyParty: Non-partisanResidence: Ertel Avenue, LimaAge: 27Relevant experience: Employed in the insurance and finance field for seven years. Have also worked on boardís for IPG, American Cancer Societyís Relay for Life, Humane Society of Allen County and Lima Young Professionals.Education: Ohio State University at Lima ó studied education; University of Northwestern Ohio, bachelorís in business administration.Years living in area: 27Major issues: Our school systems are here to educate our children and our future. Decision t he board makes need to be based on the best interest of the students in the district and for the organization as a whole. We need to continue to provide the best educational opportunities for the students and make sure our students are prepared for their future. Government cuts will hurt many school districts and we must be practical and look at our spending and ways to operate efficiently. The staff at Lima City Schools do an amazing job preparing students for a bright future. I look forward to helping them continue to move in that direction.Dennis WilliamsParty: Non-partisanResidence: North Nixon Avenue, LimaUNEXPIRED TERMSaul Allen Jr.Party: Non-partisanResidence: Rebecca Drive, Lima

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