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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. Leipsic - Council(Choose two)David A. Heitmeyer (incumbent)Party: IndependentResidence: Werner Street, LeipsicAge: 42Relevant experience: Seeking secnod term on council.Education: Graduated in 1987 from Columbus Grove; attended Ohio State University-Lima from 1988 to 1990; graduated in 1990-91 from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.Years living in area: 20Major issues: Our main goal is to get out of fiscal emergency, which as of today we are ahead of schedule. Once we are free and clear, Id like to see the village work on improving our streets. We are working with one of our industries to improve our water treatment plant. We are working with the county and state on the Road 5 project, which will drastically increase the amount of truck traffic near the village. We are still working on our railroad that the village owns, to link our three rail lines together. With all the projects coming together, this should help attract new industry to the region, thus helping the whole county with jobs.I would also like to see the completion of our village baseball and soccer fields. Before the fiscal emergency, we had plans for a downtown revitalization of the streets and parking. I hope that can become a reality once again, but it will take time. I believe in time, this all can be accomplished.Lastly, after fiscal emergency Id like to give our village employees a raise, for which they went the last two years without. Without their hard work, dedication and cutbacks, I dont think we would be as close to getting out of fiscal emergency as we are.Susan M. Schroeder (incumbent)Party: Non-partisanResidence: Rush Street, LeipsicRelevant experience: Active in local real estate industry as licensed broker and appraiser for 28 yearsEducation: Ottawa-Glandorf High School; University of FindlayYears living in area: Over 40 yearsMajor issues: I feel it is important to be an active participant within the community that you reside. As a current member of village council, and having served several previous terms, I have an ongoing knowledge of many past and current projects which are part of our local government. This experience helps me to base decisions on being fiscally responsible, efficiently promoting industry growth for job growth and emphasizing safety and security for the residents of the community.


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