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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. Blanchard Township - TrusteeTheresa Allen (incumbent)Party: DemocratResidence: County Road 20, ForestAge: 52Relevant experience: Current Blanchard Township trustee on second term; member of Hardin County Trustee Association Executive Committee for over six years, as the legislative liasion to the state legislature/Ohio Township Association; active on six bills at the statehouse for mining reform legislation, protecting voter-approved zoning and local control, protecting your right to vote and getting townships “general welfare authority” in their zoning, municipalities had; 2008 Hardin Leadership graduate; member of Hardin Leadership Alumni; member of the nonprofit group the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership more than seven years representing Hardin County, separate group from the mitigation group that Toni Iriti led; in 2006 attended both rallies at the statehouse to protect local government funds.Education: Graduated in 1977 from New Riegel High School; licensed practical nurse from Bowling Green Area School Of Practical Nursing; associate’s degree in nursing and registered nurse form Owen’s Technical College.Years living in area: 22Major issues: All public entities must balance their budgets. The biggest challenge will be maintaining that balance, meeting the responsibilities of township government to maintain our township roads, the Dunkirk cemetery, provide snow removal, keep the roads mowed, address nuisances, enforce the voter-approved zoning and maintain the township equipment, all while the state cuts our local government funds 25 percent in 2012 and 50 percent in 2013. We had been able to reduce our millage level for township residents, and, with these tough economic times, I would like to keep that reduction. I do not want our township to be forced to raise local taxes because of state cuts. I have numerous contacts at the statehouse and am friends with most of the boardmembers of the Ohio Township Association. I will use those contacts to fight to protect and restore our local government funds. In anticipation of these state cuts, I wisely supported catching up all road repair. We are on a maintenance cycle and have replaced a truck and snow plow/blade, which were getting too old to find parts for, repair, etc. I look forward to assuring that all residents have a voice and are treated fairly and consistently. I was one of the original supporters and organizers of the village/township block watch efforts as well. I work for the good of all and the common good.Mike CristParty: Non-partisanResidence: County Road 135, DolaCarol Ann JolliffParty: Non-partisanResidence: County Road 175, Forest

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