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. Van Wert - MayorDon FarmerParty: RepublicanResidence: East Ervin Road, Van WertKen Mengerink (write-in)Party: Non-partisanResidence: East Maple Avenue, Van WertAge: 62Relevant experience: Former city council member; 20 year on school board, with 14 years as board president.Education: Graduated in 1968 from Van Wert High School; computer programming specialty school.Years living in area: 62 years.Major issues: Economy and jobs are important. We need to ensure we are not forcing more financial issues on our residents.