This is the fifth installment in a series introducing 2013 local election matchups.

Age: 69

Education: B.A. from McPherson College

Occupation: Maltbie Retired

Experience: 20 years at Certain Teed Corp.; Two years at Mastic Corporation; 14 years at Coronado Engineering Inc.; four years in the U.S. Air Force; current president of the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission

1. Why are you running for a position on local government?

I would appreciate the opportunity to assist in the growth of the city of Canton. And I am confident that my engineering background would be of value in this endeavor.

2. What do you think the role of local government should be?

Long range planning for growth of the city; Insuring the continued economic solvency of the city; Continued implementation of codes and ordinances as they exist and modification to same as required by changing conditions.

3. What would be your goals if elected to a position on city government?

Development of a long-term, systematic approach to the repair and maintenance of utilities and streets within the city of Canton.

4. What do you think is the greatest challenge facing your community at this time? How would you address that challenge?

As with most small bedroom communities, retention of younger inhabitants is of utmost importance.

The retention of the school system is the key to the viability of any small community. We must be willing to do what is necessary to maintain our school in this community and not allow the absorption of the school within a larger school system.