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CELINA — A Celina Republican and a Lima Libertarian are set to square off for the 12th District Ohio Senate seat on Tuesday.
Incumbent Keith Faber is seeking to retain his seat over challenger Paul D. Hinds. Faber, who was first appointed to the Senate seat in 2007 to fill the unexpired term of Jim Jordan, also served three terms in the Ohio House.
“I think it’s important we continue to work on policies that allow jobs to grow,” Faber told The Evening Leader. “Work force development is also a big issue.”
If re-elected, Faber said he planned to continue to work on helping to improve the water quality at Grand Lake St. Marys.
“I have been one of the strongest advocates for Grand Lake St. Marys and will continue to try and keep efforts up,” Faber said. “For are too long, the state has not spent resources on the lake. But in the last two years, they have spent millions on Grand Lake St. Marys. Grand Lake St. Marys has been a priority and will continue to be a priority for me.”
Faber noted another attribute sets himself apart from his opponent.
“My experience,” Faber said. “And at the same time I think that my values are consistent with those found in the district. I have a track record of success and I think I have made a difference in the district.”
Hinds said he decided to seek office because he objected to the way politicians in Columbus were running the state.
“I believe our elected officials are making rules and decisions on our lives that they don’t have the right to make,” Hinds said. “It’s time to return control of everyone’s lives back to the people.”
Improving the economy and attracting jobs are two of the major issues Hinds said he would work on if elected.
“If we don’t have a strong economy, then we won’t have any jobs,” Hinds said. “We need to make small business more affordable instead of worrying about the big businesses. I think that we need to reward all people and the reason I say that is because small business owners are overworked, overtaxed and under appreciated. I think we need to change that completely.”
Hinds, an account manager for a marketing company in Lima, said common sense needs to be reintroduced in Columbus.
“I am not a lawyer, I am not a politician, I am a regular Ohioan who decided that our government uses no common sense and it’s time to put some common sense to work,” Hinds said. “I believe in holding our politicians accountable and that they often forget they are our employees, they are not our controllers.”
The 12th District comprises Allen, Mercer, Preble, Shelby and Champaign counties as well as portions of Darke and Auglaize counties. In Auglaize County, the district includes New Bremen, New Knoxville and Minster.
Wapakoneta and St. Marys — as well as the outlaying portions of each city — are in the 1st Senate District, a seat held by Cliff Hite. Hite is running unopposed.