Jill Zimon Dan Moulthrop
info [at] ohiodebatecommission.org dmoulthrop [at] cityclub.org
CLEVELAND - The Ohio Debate Commission will host a forum for all gubernatorial candidates on the ballot. All candidates on the ballot have been invited including Democrat Richard Cordray, Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine, and Libertarian Travis Irvine, as well as Green Party candidate Constance Gadell-Newton, who has accepted this invitation. The forum will be held Monday, October 15 at The City Club of Cleveland. Doors open at noon. The program begins at 12:30. The forum is an opportunity for candidates to present their plans for the future direction of our state to Ohio’s voters in preparation for the general election in November. Consistent with City Club tradition, there will be a question and answer period.
“We helped pull this debate commission together because we want to provide voters across the state with as much information as possible so they’re prepared to cast their ballot,” said Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club of Cleveland, a member of the Ohio Debate Commission. “With the network created by the members of the Commission, we’ll be able to make sure everyone in every corner and community of the state has the opportunity to take full measure before the November election.”
Digital production of the forum will be done by ideastream. Commission members have been encouraged to carry the livestream of the event on their web sites, bringing the content to communities across the state and also to cover the gubernatorial forum for news purposes.
The Ohio Debate Commission is a collaboration of civic organizations, media organizations, and universities working to create debates of the highest quality for the highest statewide offices and distributing that content to every corner of the state. The commission was founded in early 2018 and includes media entities in every market in Ohio. Following this first cycle, it expects to evolve, in consultation with its partners and many others, in a way that continues to foster fair and substantive debates, encourages participation in democracy and develops criteria that would not operate as a blanket policy categorically excluding minor party candidates from Commission sponsored debates.
More information can be found at ohiodebatecommission.org.