Vicki J. Profit
Vicki J. Profit

VAN WERT — Vicki J. Profit, of York Township, has filed her petition to run in the May Primary as a Republican candidate for County Commissioner.

Born and raised in Van Wert County, Profit is the daughter of Maurice and Louise Perry of Van Wert. She is married to Terry Profit; they have two sons, Zach (Danielle) and Brock (Briana) Profit, and three beautiful grandchildren with a fourth on the way.

Profit attended Vantage Career Center and is a proud 1981 graduate of Lincolnview High School. Profit has made a career helping young adults through teaching life skills and career placement. Several years after graduating from Vantage, she went to work in their technology department. She went on to work for the State of Ohio, based out of Van Wert High School, helping recent graduates with employment opportunities. Profit served 4-years on the Lincolnview High School Board of Education during the construction of the new high school. Currently, she is a member of her family’s grain operation, Profit and Son’s Farms, Inc. in York Township and is a member of The First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert.

“This is where I grew up, it’s where my husband and I have raised our family, and it’s where my grandchildren will grow up,” said Profit. “Van Wert County is home, and I am passionate about seeing our county succeed.”

Over the past several years, if Van Wert County had an official buzzword “Economic Development” would be it. Many residents are working hard and taking every opportunity available to make the community attractive to new businesses as well as local young people.

Unfortunately, the most critical tool in Van Wert County’s economic development toolbox is still missing. Once elected, Profit intends to make the runway extension phase of the airport project a priority. Businesses rely heavily on large corporate aircrafts in today’s fast paced business world. By extending the Van Wert runway the community is opening Van Wert County up to major population centers all around the world.

“Every effort needs to be made by the county in seeing this project through as quickly as possible,” Profit said. “We need it now and for the future. If there is a way to make this project reach completion sooner, we need to do our best to find it.”

Profit, is also concerned that County leadership has left both city and rural Van Wert County residents in the dark about a potential one billion dollar wind farm development in southern Van Wert County. Wind power could provide Van Wert County an edge, making the county unique among other rural communities and offering youth a vision of the future that embraces technology and encourages Van Wert’s agricultural way of life. She recognizes that there is opposition to this type of development in the community and will certainly listen to their concerns.

“Van Wert is an outstanding place to live and if elected, I will lead by putting county first to ensure our community continues to be a great place for our children and their children,” Profit said.