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May 4, 2014

Voter's guide: Miami County candidates


James White Jr., Democrat challenger, Miami County Sheriff

Age: 31

City of residence: Peru

Occupation: Currently no occupation

Family: Single, has one daughter and one son.

Qualifications: White completed college course work in criminal justice at Kaplan University and served as an Indiana Guard reservist from 2000 to 2010.

Goals: “Public safety is my main concern. I want to make sure the people in my community and county are protected and safe.”

Josh Francis, Republican incumbent, Miami County Commissioner 3rd District

Age: 37

City of residence: Denver

Occupation: Administrator at the Peru Moose Lodge

Family: Wife, Serena, son, Cody, 13, and daughter, Gabby, 8

Qualifications: Francis has served more than three years as commissioner. He received a bachelor’s degree in business from Purdue University.

Goals: “The biggest thing is job creation. We’re trying to create an environment that makes businesses want to come here. That includes getting the people here to buy into that idea and have a positive attitude about economic development.”

Richard G. Wood, Republican uncontested candidate, County Council 1st District

Age: 69

City of residence: Bunker Hill

Occupation: Retired from Delphi, farmer

Family: Wood has been married to his wife Vickie Wood for 48 years. He has three daughters, Tammy Gooch, Annette Jones, and Jenny Marshall and six grandchildren.

Qualifications: Wood is past president and member of Maconaquah School Board and served on Miami County Junior Leaders.

Goals: “I hope to contribute to the growth and fiscal well being of the county. I want to improve the communications between county boards, employees and the public. I would find it a privilege to be able to represent all stakeholders of Miami County.”

Ralph Duckwall II, Republican incumbent, County Council 2nd District

Age: 61

City of residence: rural Peru area

Occupation: Insurance and investments

Family: Wife, Leigh; sons, Ralph and wife, Melissa, and Charles; daughter, Shauna and husband, Alex; and six grandchildren

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