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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. Bath Township - Fiscal Officer(Choose one)Lisa GrossParty: RepublicanResidence: Hadsell Road, LimaAge: 50Relevant experience: Bath Township fiscal officer support for past year; completed 13 hours of Auditor of State Uniform Accounting Network training; budget controller for six years; project leader for 12 years, which includes managing project activities, schedules and budgets.Education: Graduated in 1979 from Perry High School; business management college courses.Years living in area: Lifelong resident of Allen County and 25 years in Bath Township.Major issues: There are many challenges ahead for local government. It is imperative the township is efficient and effective in providing the services the community requires. I will provide the trustees with accurate financial reports so they can make informed decisions for these challenging times. I plan on implementing new and creative ways to streamline the fiscal office process. Finding best practices and ways to increase efficiency will benefit the township and the township employees. Record management is a vital role of the fiscal office process. I will establish a records management program for the township. Kristen L. ShoemakerParty: Non-partisanResidence: Yorkshire Drive, LimaAge: 41Relevant experience: I have worked for a variety of offices as a bookkeeper for more than 20 years and have a vast amount of experience in payables and receiveables. Iíve studied accounting practices while in college, and my experience as an instructor of Computer Applications in the Workplace will benefit the township office.Education: Graduate of Bath High School, Associate of Arts, The Ohio State University, Bachelorís of Eduation, The Ohio State University.Years living in area: Raised in Bath Township, Iíve lived here more than 35 years. I am a staunch believer in the Bath community and all it has to offer families and am raising my five children in the Bath Local School District. Iíve been active in the Wildcat Den as a volunteer, Den Mother for Pack 82, Den #2, volunteer at various concession stand operations for Bath Sports Programs and a firm believer in giving back to the community that has given me so much.Major issues: I believe I am the candidate to bring Bath Township into the electronic age. We could save the township money by utilizing direct deposit and online bill-pay. I pledge to work with the current employees and Trustees to resolve ongoing conflicts regarding the timeliness of payroll. My advanced computer and bookkeeping skills will be an asset to Bath Township and will help ensure good accounting practices and monthly reports are accurate, up to date, and completed in a timely manner.

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