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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. Liberty Township - Fiscal OfficerTroy M. EllerbrockParty: Non-partisanResidence: Road E, LeipsicAge: 39Relevant experience: 17 years of business management experience dealing with accounting, budgeting and finance.Education: 1990 Leipsic High School graduate; Associate’s degree in business management at Owens CollegeYears living in area: 39Major issues: I look forward to serving the residents of Liberty Township. I will always be available and open to discussing any questions or concerns they may have.Jeffery H. Long (incumbent)Party: Non-partisanResidence: State Route 613, OttawaAge: 36Relevant experience: Appointed fiscal officer in October 2010; Employed by William Vaughan Company, Certified Public Accountants since 1997Education: University of Toledo, bachelor of business administration, 1997, accounting major, graduated Magna Cum Laude; Miller City-New Cleveland High School graduate, 1993Years living in area: Life-long resident of Putnam County. Moved to Liberty Township in 2000.Major issues: Residents of Liberty Township face many fiscal challenges in the months and years to come. We will have reduced funding from the state which will affect our budget. I am committed to exploring non-traditional funding methods to ensure that services to residents remain stable. However, it is possible we will have to look to cutting some line items in the budget that do not directly affect residents. My skills, education and experience make me uniquely qualified to serve in the role of fiscal officer and it is my desire that the citizens of Liberty Township retain me in this position.

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