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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. Bluffton - CouncilDennis K. Gallant (incumbent)Party: IndependentResidence: Crystal Place, BlufftonAge: 39Relevant experience: Served on village council in Bluffton since 2002.Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, University of Akron; Bluffton High School.Years living in area: 39Major issues: Our major issues are finances and being fiscally responsible with the reduction in state funding.Joe SehlhorstParty: Non-partisanResidence: Cherry Street, BlufftonAge: 34Relevant experience: Financial advisor with PFS Investments Inc.; Bluffton University Alumni Board member and treasurer; past leadership positions in Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, Bluffton Family Recreation and Bluffton Hospital Auxiliary boards.Education: Master’s degree in marketing in 2008, University of Phoenix; bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing in 2001, Bluffton University; graduated in 1996 from Bluffton High School.Years living in area: 34 years.Major issues: I am seeking a position on Bluffton council to serve the community where I was born and raised. As your representative, I will strive to build trustworthy relationships with Bluffton’s residents, members of the administration, service organizations and the business community. My responsibility will be to base my decisions open-mindedly and with careful consideration of their impact on the village as a whole.As Herbert Henry Lehman, historic New York senator, once said, “You can’t run a government solely on a business basis... Government should be human. It should have a heart.”I look forward to serving the community of Bluffton and ask for your vote on Nov. 8.

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