CANCELLED Probate Judge Candidate Debate (St. Joseph County, IN)

CANCELLED Probate Judge Candidate Debate (St. Joseph County, IN)


1001 Wiekamp Hall - Indiana University South Bend
Mishawaka Avenue, West of 20th Street
South Bend Indiana
Indiana US
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Late Thursday evening, October 18, we received word, via the Democratic Party chairperson, that candidate Jason Cichowicz is no longer able to participate in the St. Joseph County Probate Judge Candidate Debate scheduled for October 23, at Indiana University South Bend, due to travel. Mr. Cichowicz is unable at this time to commit to a specific date on which the debate can be rescheduled.

After reviewing the pertinent guidelines and regulatory considerations and consulting with the League's national organization and with officials at IU South Bend, we have decided to cancel the event with the hope that we can reschedule a two-candidate debate before the election.

The American Democracy Project and the League of Women Voters are disappointed that we are unable to include the scheduled St. Joseph County Probate Judge Candidate Debate in our significant lineup of candidate events and voter tools, which include publication of, our online voter guide, plus seven live-audience events featuring St. Joseph County candidates, including a Meet-the-Candidate-Forum scheduled for Monday, October 29th from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. at the St. Joseph County Public Library. We hope voters will take advantage of these opportunities to learn about the candidates on their ballots.

Based on candidate statements, both were looking forward to the debate. We remain hopeful that the Probate Judge Candidate Debate will be rescheduled. Voters value the opportunity to hear candidates as they respond to voter questions in a side-side format that allows for direct comparisons. The sponsoring organizations view such events as an important part of the "job interview" process.



Original Event Information:

Candidates:  Jason Cichowicz (D), Jim Fox (R)

Attendees may submit questions in advance to or write questions on note cards immediately before the debate begins.

  • Candidate event restrictions: Please do not wear clothing or accessories supporting a specific party, candidate or campaign. Such clothing will not be allowed inside the auditorium per sponsor rules. This does not apply to candidates.
  • Candidate event sponsoring organizations are non-partisan. We co-host candidate events for high-profile contested races.
  • These events feature candidates who have filed with the state/county and are running a serious campaign (e.g. headquarters, fundraising, volunteer base, media coverage, and visible campaign activities). Questions?  Call 520-4128.
  • Wiekamp Hall is located on Mishawaka Avenue, just west of 20th Street.  A connected parking garage is located at the corner of Mishawaka Avenue and 20th Street.

A light reception follows. Please join us! Event end time includes time to attend the reception.

Contact Information
Elizabeth Bennion
ebennion [at]