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. American Township - Fiscal OfficerBarry BarntParty: Non-partisanResidence: Poling Road, ElidaAge: 43Relevant experience: Teacher at Heritage Elementary for 18 years; part-time instructor at University of Northwestern Ohio.Education: Graduated in 1987 from Elida High School; bachelors degree from The Ohio State University; masterís degree from University of Dayton.Years living in area: 43 years.Major issues: I would like to update people on the financial affairs of American Township through the website and email. If elected, I would concentrate on communication and customer service with the residents of American Township. I would work together with the trustees to keep American Township a great place to work and live.Laurie Swick (incumbent)Party: Non-partisanResidence: Marciel, ElidaAge: 52Relevant experience: 12 years as fiscal officer of American Township; five years as clerk-treasurer of Elida; completion of Ohio State Auditorís Uniform Accounting Network training.Education: Graduated in 1977 from Elida High School; bachelorís degree in business administration in 1981, Bowling Green State University.Years living in area: 40Major issues: Because of recently passed legislation on the state and federal levels, all government entities are facing the loss of revenue. In American Township, we are going to lose local government funds, personal property taxes and estate taxes in an amount greater than $400,000 annually. These projected revenue losses will affect the general fund as well as the road and bridge, fire and rescue and police departments. With a $6.5 million annual budget, such loses are significant to our operations and services as they currently exist. Continuing to maintain a balanced budget, while at the same time continuing to offer quality services will be our greatest challenge in the upcoming years. I believe that my education as well as my experience and knowledge of government finances will be of great benefit as we continue to make the most of the resources available to us.