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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. Forest - MayorDavid L. Hankins (incumbent)Party: RepublicanResidence: West Zimmerman Street, ForestAge: 56Relevant experience: 16 years as mayor of Forest; two years as councilman; two years on recreation/park board.Education: Graduated in 1973 from Riverdale High School.Years living in area: 56Major issues: We must keep the village financially sound as we have done for the last 16 years.We should attract new business to the indistrial park in the village.We must allow the workforce to do its job and not micromanage it. Dean A. HankinsParty: Non-partisanResidence: South Mary Street, Forest Tom SeemParty: Non-partisanResidence: South Patterson Street, ForestAge: 60Relevant experience: Project management and controls; personnel and budget management; 21 years with O H Materials, FindlayEducation: Graduate of Fostoria High School; some college; Haz mat trainingYears living in area: 17Major issues: Review village ordinances and budget. Establsih good village department communications including regular mayoral town hall meetings. Community pride, business appreciation and development. Improvements with sewer systems, sidewalks, streets, downtown appeal. Village emergency response plan, enhance block watch program. Encourage relationship growth in county with county seat and sheriff’s department, development. Establish planning commission with forward vision.

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