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Friday, April 12, 2013 12:08 PM

1st Ward council seat

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DELPHOS — Local Republicans will decide if Spencerville native Andrew Daley or Kalida native Andrew Knueve will appear on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot for the open 1st Ward seat on Delphos City Council. Both men have moved their families to Delphos and would like to become active in decisions affecting their new home.

“City government is the closest to the people,” Daley said. “This is where my family works and my children will grow up and go to school. I want to provide my children with a hometown that is growing.”

Daley would like to start with the city’s budget.

“We need to get the budget where it needs to be,” he began. “We need people to come into the city to live, shop, go to school and prosper so the city prospers. We need responsible leadership to promote growth and work with all groups to see what we can do here.”

Daley said he is impressed with the parks system and would like to see it continue to be self-sustaining.

“We also need to take a look at the conditions of our roads,” he added.
Daley and his wife, Andrea (Wrasman), reside on North Franklin Street. He is a Spencerville High School and Rhodes State College graduate and works at Unverferths in Delphos. They attend St. John’s Church

Knueve also agrees the budget is a top priority.

“The budget is a huge concern,” he said. “The last time Mr. Jettinghoff gave numbers we didn’t have a budget at a place I’m comfortable with and I’m sure council isn’t comfortable, either.”

Knueve said he’s always been interested in history and government and found his passion when attending Buckeye Boys State in high school. He went on for his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and attended law school at Ohio Northern University.

Knueve, an associate lawyer with Huffman, Kelley, Brock & Gottschalk, LLC., in Lima, said he has the time to devote to the position, if not the experience.
“I have the time to give this the full effort it deserves and requires and what I lack in experience, I hope my legal background will make up for,” he added.
Knueve and his wife, Amanda (Recker), live on East Fourth Street and attend St. John’s Church.


3rd Ward council seat

DELPHOS — Two lifelong Delphos residents have thrown their hats in the ring for the 3rd Ward seat on city council to be vacated by Jim Knebel. Republican voters will decide between Del Kemper and Greg Etgen, both of West Second Street.

Kemper is semi-retired from Statewide Ford in Van Wert and sells real estate. He credits former Delphos City Council President Bob Ulm with sparking his interest in running for council.

“Bob Ulm approached me when he knew Jim Knebel wasn’t going to run and he told me I should try it and besides, it was my civic duty,” Kemper said. “He was right.”
Kemper said Delphos is in need of a solution to its budget problems.

“Our income tax collection is down and when this year’s budget was done, they went on a 3 percent increase,” he said. “We have some tough choices ahead. We need to be fiscally responsible and ask others to do the same. We need to get a grip on what’s coming in and what’s going out.”

Kemper also said he sees money problems in the future.

“We have a water plant that is supposed to increase its collections by 3 percent each year. That is not happening but it has been budgeted,” he said. “In the next several years, council will be making some really hard decisions.”

Kemper and his wife, Scarlett, have three grown children and six grandchildren. They attend St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Etgen is currently employed with the City of Van Wert and says his experience working in a municipality will be invaluable on council.

“I have a background in construction, water line repair and snow removal and I know how a city runs,” Etgen said. “I have thought about running for a while and the time was never right. When I heard Mr. Knebel wasn’t running, this time it was right.”

Etgen said he knows the budget isn’t in good shape.

“We aren’t going to be able to spend a lot of money so we need to take care of what we have and make good, logical decisions with the citizenry in mind,” he added.
Etgen and his wife, Joelyn, have four children: one is grown, two attend the University of Toledo and the youngest is a freshman at St. John’s High School.


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