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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. Perry - School Board(Choose three)Tanya BunchParty: Non-partisanResidence: East Hume Road, LimaYvonne Elaine MarrsParty: Non-partisanResidence: Waterview Circle, LimaAge: 57Relevant experience: Past treasurer, Athletic boosters; Advisory commitee, National Honor Society; Involved with Perry schools, 17 yearsEducation: 1972 graduate, Shawnee High School; 1974 graduate Northwestern Business College, associate degree, accountingYears living in area: 17 years in Perry Township; 46 years in Allen CountyMajor issues: As a parent of a 2006 Perry graduate and an active volunteer within the Perry school system, I have noticed that many organizations are struggling to meet the demands of the students and their activities. Parents must play an active role in the classroom and on the field; we as parents need to support their enthusiasm by doing our part and assisting with the organizations that provide the opportunities for your children.It is my belief that school board members must be responsive and receptive to all students, parents, staff and community members, encouraging an open dialogue. I will allow everyone to be heard and do my best to obtain all facts before making a decision on any particular matter. With your support, we can work together to provide for the educational needs of all children in our community and build a district where students, parents, staff and administration feel they are welcome and supported.Thank you for your consideration.Stephanie D. NealParty: Non-partisanResidence: Schooler Road, CridersvilleAge: 40Relevant experience: Treasurer of Perry Athletic Boosters since July 2009; involved with Perry schools for the last nine years.Education: Associate’s degree in early childhood education, graduated from Elida High School.Years living in area: Lived in Perry community since May 2009.Major issues: As a parent in the Perry schools, I would like to see more parents involved in their child’s education, activities and life. Our children go through life and have to make some of the hardest decisions everyday. Our students deal with peer pressure, bullying and popularity contests, just to name a few. As parents, we need to be there to support them every step of the way. As parents, we need to be there to support each other. My goal as a member of the Perry school board is to be there as a parent and a member of the community. I want Perry to be a school that everyone, parents and students, can be proud of.William D. Shively (incumbent)Party: Non-partisanResidence: Schooler Road, LimaAge: 67Relevant experience: Serving four-year term on Perry school board.Education: Graduate of Perry Local School; some college courses.Years living in area: Lifetime resident.Major issues: Being on the Perry school board for the last four years has reinforced my belief in the Perry school system as well as the Perry community. Our school was awarded an excellent rating for the first time, and we must continue in our academic achievements. I would like the opportunity to work with the school board, administration, teachers and community for another four years, so our school system can continue to grow and improve. When reelected, I will be able to voice the concerns of the community to the board and administration and work for a satisfactory resolution.

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