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Contested Races in the Republican Primary
Diane L. Delaplane, Darke County Commissioner

1. Personal and professional information about yourself:

I am married to Donald Delaplane; we have two children, Doug & spouse Kelly Delaplane and Danielle & spouse Anup Patel and three grandchildren.  I attended Sinclair Community College, Neave Township Fiscal officer, and was Administrative Assistant for Farm Bureau, Ohio Township Association State Secretary, Sunday school teacher, church secretary, bank teller and preschool teacher. I serve on the boards of Planning Commission, Darke County Community Improvement Corp., OSU Extension Advisory, 4-H Committee, Community Action Partnership, Main Street Greenville, Visitor’s Bureau, Union City Community Economic Development Committee, Darke County Chamber of Commerce, Wayne Hospital Foundation, Red Cross and others.

2. Describe the duties, as you see them, for the office you are seeking, and your qualifications for fulfilling those duties:

One of the duties as County Commissioner is to oversee the County budget. We are to be fiscally responsible in using tax payers dollars efficiently to provide public services for our citizens. Commissioners provide and maintain facilities for county offices, provide health insurance, work on policies and meet in public session. My qualifications include communicating with legislators at the County, State & National level. My experience in working with government finances, handling office procedures and being involved on community service boards has helped me keep a positive presence in promoting Darke County as a whole.

3. What do you feel are the top three challenges of the office that you can address better than your opponent:

Business and Jobs:  My experience in working with economic development groups and Job Centers to expand current and to seek new businesses is valuable.  Continuance of workforce education is a priority.  My agriculture understanding is an economic resource for our county.

Crime:  Working with communities and sheriff’s department to help curtail crime with programs such as Neighborhood Watch and drug awareness.

Finances:  My governmental background in dealing with unfunded mandates, the finances, investments, bonds, funding sources and cuts from the Federal and State, that create challenges in balancing a budget, is an asset. 

4. Summarize why you should receive the vote on March 6:

I am fiscally conservative and will continue to serve Darke County in a professional manner. I, along with our county officials, worked together through budget cuts and maintained our county services at a level our residents are accustomed to. I have a strong work ethic and I believe together we will continue to seek economic possibilities. I will stay connected with organizations that involve our youth and adults.  Darke County is a Bright Spot in Ohio.  With God’s guidance, family & friend’s support, I will serve you and Darke County to the best of my ability.

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