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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. Cridersville - MayorLorali A. Myers (incumbent)Party: Non-partisanResidence: Clayton Avenue, CridersvilleAge: 48Relevant experience: 1 year Council Member, 3 years Council President, 4 years MayorEducation: MBAYears living in area: 35 years (17 years as a resident plus 18 years in area)Major issues: I would like an opportunity to have another term as mayor in the village of Cridersville. This would allow me to see through the current projects underway such as the safe routes to school sidewalk project, improvements to Tower Park, the widening of Reichelderfer Road and the next phase of Pioneer-Delong Park all funded by grants. I would continue to work to find opportunities for economic development for the village along with growth for our residential districts. Finally, I believe experience is valuable during this time with all the fiscal funding challenges our village will be facing.Cridersville is a thriving community which I have a passion for serving. I support the police force along with the fire and rescue volunteer department. I am proud to have an elementary school that offers an elite start to our children’s education along with youth sporting associations. I value the residential communities within the village — Otterbein Retirement Living Community and the Cridersville Healthcare Center. It is an honor to be a part of a community that offers places of worship, a thrift shop, a food pantry, the U.S. postal service, a banking facility, a grocery, retail services, and other businesses that serve our residents.It would be an honor to be re-elected as Mayor to the great Village of Cridersville.Tony ZuppardoParty: Non-partisanResidence: West High Street, CridersvilleAge: 65Relevant experience: Elected to village council, 2008; Retired in 1998 after 27 years working in the public sector, assistant police chief in Shawnee Township.Education: Lima Central Catholic graduate; Attended Lima Technical College; Ohio Police Officer TrainingYears living in area: 55Major issues: Mayoral duties require more than a couple of evenings a week. I am retired and when elected will make myself available by maintaining office hours. The mayor should be accessible during day and evening hours. This is a leadership position that includes being accountable for fiscal responsibility.Over the past six years the village has averaged 1,969 hours of overtime. One employee has averaged 591 per year — this employee being the highest paid per hour person on the payroll.Figures compiled to date in 2011 are 1651.5 hours of overtime, with 608 hours being accumulated by that same individual. This employee, under village government, answers only to the mayor. This is an example of current fiscal responsibility.The renewal levy on the ballot in November brings in approximately $39,000 per year. It is obvious that nearly half of the proceeds are being spent on that one person’s overtime.As a councilman I have tried for two years to get a village sign installed at the administration building to announce council meetings and village activities. For two years the web site for the village has not been updated. As mayor I will see these things are done for the residents of Cridersville and the surrounding area.Currently meetings and job openings are only advertised in the Wapakoneta Daily News. Upon checking, I found that less than 75 residences receive that newspaper. With approximately 800 residences this show a very low percentage of people receiving vital information pertaining to Cridersville.

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