Candidates have varied backgrounds

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SIDNEY — Candidates for Sidney City Council have provided information about their family, educational background and community involvement.

Mike Barhorst: “I grew up on a 200‑acre farm near Sidney, and, along with my two brothers and sister, helped my parents operate the farm. After high school, I attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in social studies education in 1972. I was married in 1975 to Jennifer Russell (B.A., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio). We have two children, a son, Thomas, and a daughter, Sarah. Both are married, and we are blessed with four grandchildren. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 1982.

“I have extensive community involvement, and have served six terms on City Council, five terms as mayor. I currently serve on the Executive Committee of the Mayor’s Association of Ohio representing District 12 (Champaign, Clark, Darke, Miami and Shelby counties), on the Board of the Ohio Municipal League, and as chair of the Governor’s Community Traffic Safety Network of Shelby County.”

Janet Born: “I’m married to Bob and we have three children and four grandchildren. I’m a lifelong member of Holy Angels Church in which I’ve been very active. I’m a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary, past president of Wilson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and past government adviser at Buckeye Girls State.”

Joe Ratermann: Ratermann was born and raised in Sidney. He spent the first 18 years and the last several years of his life as a resident of Sidney. After serving in the United States Marine Corps as a combat engineer and an embassy guard, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Wright State University, a law degree at George Mason University and later earned a LLM in Law in Charlottesville, Virginia. After attending law school, he served in the United States Army as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. After retiring from the U.S. armed forces, he taught government, U.S. history and world geography as a high school teacher for two years. He is currently a member of the Holy Angels Parish, the Sidney Rotary Club, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS and the YMCA.

Rick Sims: Sims and his wife, Pamela, have seven adult children. He is a Sidney High School graduate and a United States Marine Corps veteran. He is a retired CenturyLink business services specialist. His past and present community involvement includes the Senior Center Steering Committee, Senior Center Board, United Way Board, Gateway Arts Allocation Committee, Airport Advisory Board and Metropolitan Housing Authority.

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