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. Kenton - Council at-large(Choose three)B.J. HallParty: Non-partisanResidence: East Forest Road, KentonAge: 58Relevant experience: Presently the director of the Hardin County Neighborhood Opportunity Center.Education: Received my GED in 1988; Attended UNOH in business studies in 1989-1990; Graduated Midwest School of Auctioneering, 1989Years living in area: Have resided most of my life in the Hardin County area.Major issues: One of my major issues is trying to work with council to attempt to bring employment to Hardin County and especially Kenton. Also working with a committee to try to bring a new school to our city. Also to find ways of dealing with the drug situation in our city.Brian Forest HatteryParty: RepublicanResidence: West Franklin Street, KentonKeith Allen PrestonParty: Non-partisanResidence: East North Street, KentonPatricia “Patti” RisnerParty: RepublicanResidence: Smith Avenue, KentonAge: 60Relevant experience: Organized downtown Kenton’s Courtside Harvest; Hospice volunteer; Love Inc. board; a Hardin County ambassador; Secretary and speaker for Not by Choice; Very active at Kenton Abundant LifeEducation: Ridgemont High School graduate; School of Life and Hard KnocksYears living in area: 41Major issues: I feel one of our greatest problems is the drug problem in Hardin County. I feel there are answers out there. I will search out these answers. Also lack of jobs. I personally know what it’s like to struggle while being low income myself. I will do all I can to bring jobs to Kenton. I see the cup half full. I believe in the great thing we have going for us rather than the negatives.