Meet the Candidates Nights
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013
So, who are you going to vote for this November?
With the November elections just around the corner, the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government (Consortium) is sponsoring forums to help you find out what the candidates running for office in Franklin County would do if elected and how the issues on the ballot this fall will impact on your life and your pocketbook if they pass.
"Each person attending a Consortium event has an opportunity to question the candidates, as no surrogates are permitted to talk at the forums, and also to question those supporting and opposing the issues on the ballot," said Jeff Cabot, co-Chair of the Consortium. "Questions are in written form and will be read to the candidates by a journalist or media anchor, but one can always informally question a candidate at the reception that is always a half hour before the forum begins."
NCJW and Brookwood Presbyterian Church started the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government twenty-two years ago with one forum held at the Church. The Consortium now hosts eight to ten Candidate Nights each year and has many supporters and sponsors, including ORT, Hadassah, The Jewish Federation, The Federalist Society, the League of Women Voters MC, Black Catholic Ministries of the Catholic Dioceses, Catholic Diocese of Columbus Office for Social Concerns, and Kids Voting Central Ohio.
The following forums will take place in 2013, starting with a 6:30 pm reception and followed by candidates’ races and issues at 7:00 pm:
September 24 Peace Lutheran Church; sponsor Peace Lutheran Church (Gahanna races)
October 3 First Unitarian Universalist Church; sponsors First Universalist Unitarian Church and the Council for Public Deliberation (Columbus schools)
October 8 Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church; sponsors Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church and Temple Israel (Reynoldsburg issues and races)
October 9 All Saints Academy; sponsor Black Catholic Ministries and Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Office of Social Concerns (Columbus races and issues)
October 10 Agudas Achim (Bexley)
October 15 McConnell Arts Center; sponsor Columbus Chapter of ORT America and American Association of University Women (Worthington area races and issues.
"The forums give voters a chance to hear from the candidates themselves, since only the candidates are invited to participate," said Janyce C. Katz, co-Chair of the Consortium and one of its founders. "Equally important, the candidates and those who advocate or oppose issues on the ballot get a chance to hear from the people who will decide the election – the voters of Franklin County."
For complete time and location information for each forum, click here