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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. Middle Point - Council(Vote for two)Mark Dickman (incumbent)Party: Non-partisanResidence: West Sycamore Street, Middle PointAge: 51Relevant experience: Four years on Middle Point council; two years as council president (2009-10).Education: Bachelorís degree in social studies education in 1985 from Wright State University; masterís degree in 1993 in history from Wright State University.Years living in area: 51Major issues: I believe my experience on council will help with several major issues that are facing the village in the next few years. We are currently in the planning stages for an upgrade of the current water system because of EPA requirements. As a member of the council and the community, I understand how important it is to work to obtain as much help in the form of grants and financial assistance with major projects such as the water system due to the large number of retired persons and those on low and moderate incomes in our community. We must be fiscally responsible in order to keep the costs of the village down in light of the significant cuts that were made in funding from the state this year and the additional cuts from the state that are planned for next year.Jarret M. HammonsParty: Non-partisanResidence: North Adams Street, Middle PointScott ReddingParty: Non-partisanResidence: South Adams Street, Middle PointMiddle Point - Council (unexpired term)Lisa Merkle (incumbent)Party: Non-partisanResidence: Normal Street, Middle Point

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