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May 4, 2014

Voter's guide: Miami County candidates

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Qualifications: Duckwall was educated in agriculture economics and has a career in finance, plus seven years’ experience on the county council.

Goals: “Keeping our taxes as modest as possible while maintaining services needed in our county.”

Dick Wiles, Democrat incumbent, County Council 3rd District

Age: 72

City of residence: Peru

Occupation: Retired

Family: Wife of 53 years, Juanita; and three daughters, Deborah, Pamela and Kimberly.

Qualifications: Served five years as Peru fire chief, four years on the Peru City Council, and eight years on county council.

Goals: “It’s difficult to name one issue to work on because money is so limited, and we’re not able to do the things we need to do. Working with the Miami County Economic Development Authority is helpful in researching new prospects; also, being involved with the Regional Planning Committee so we can work together with the surrounding counties to help each other progress.”

Ethan Manning, Republican uncontested candidate, County Council 4th District

Age: 22

City of residence: Macy

Occupation: Farmer, auctioneer

Family: Single, no children

Qualifications: Manning is the Miami County GOP Chairman and has worked on local political campaigns in Fort Wayne.

Goals: “Economic development. We need to make sure to keep our CEDIT funds built up in case a big project comes along, and continue to support the Miami County Economic Development Authority. We also need to focus on community development, and make sure we have a thriving culture so we can attract the kinds of businesses we’d like to see.”

 

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