League of Women voters sponsoring candidate debates, issue forum

Sep 16, 2014

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring or co-sponsoring several candidate debates and an issues forum in Hamilton and Clermont counties over the next three weeks.

The public is invited to all the events. They include:

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court:

All candidates for common pleas judgeships have been invited to a voter education event Monday, Sept. 22 at the Cincinnati Bar Association, 5th floor, 225 E. Sixth St., Downtown. The forum runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area (LWVCA).

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served before the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Each candidate will address the audience and there will be time before and after the presentations for the public to talk to the candidates, organizers say.

The court administrator has been invited to provide an overview on the functions of the divisions of common pleas court – general, drug court, domestic relations, probate and juvenile.

Clermont County candidates’ forum:

The League of Women Voters of Clermont County will host a candidates’ forum at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the UC Clermont Campus’s Krueger Auditorium.  Candidates for all the contested races in Clermont County have agreed to attend. They include candidates for the 2nd Congressional District, the 66th Ohio House District, the 65th Ohio House District and Clermont County commissioner.

Written questions will be accepted from the audience and read by moderator Cindi Andrews of the Enquirer.

Hamilton County/Cincinnati ballot issues forum:

The annual LWVCA Issues Forum will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the Huenefeld Tower Room of the main branch of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Library downtown.

Representatives of the following levy campaigns and charter amendment campaign will be on hand: The Hamilton County sales tax increase for the repair and renovation of Union Terminal, the tax levy renewal for Hamilton County Family Services and Treatment programs, the tax levy renewal for Hamilton County Health and Hospitalization Services, and a Cincinnati charter amendment that would delete obsolete language from the city charter.

27th Ohio House District:

LWVCA will host a candidate forum for at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7 with the Republican candidate, Tom Brinkman Jr., and the Democratic candidate, Joe Otis.

The event will take place at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Rd., Anderson Township. The forum will be televised live on Anderson Community Television.

9th Ohio Senate District:

LWVCA is joining with the Community Action Agency and the Cincinnati Enquirer for a debate between the two candidates for the 9th Ohio Senate District – Republican Charlie Winburn, a present Cincinnati council member; and Democrat Cecil Thomas, a former city council member.

The forum will take place between 7 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the Community Action Agency’s plaza-level auditorium at 1740 Langdon Farm Rd., Bond Hill. It is in the old Swifton Commons Shopping Center.

The sponsors are asking that no campaign signs, shirts, hats, badges or other displays be brought to the auditorium. The candidates may put out information on their campaigns on a table outside the auditorium.