Mayoral debate seeks public inputWritten by Alissa Romstadt | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo Free Press, FOX Toledo News First at 4 and First at 10 and Glass City Jungle will host a 2009 mayoral debate on Sept. 8 at the McMaster Center of the Main Library Downtown.
The 90-minute debate, sponsored by Columbia Gas of Ohio and featuring independent candidates Mike Bell and D. Michael Collins, Democratic candidates Ben Konop and Keith Wilkowski and Republican candidate Jim Moody, will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will air live and uninterrupted on FOX Toledo.
FOX Toledo news field anchor Shaun Hegarty will serve as moderator for the debate. The candidates will answer a variety of questions from community panelists Michael S. Miller, editor in chief of Toledo Free Press; Laura Emerson, anchor of FOX Toledo News First at 4 and 10; and Lisa Renee Ward, operator of Glass City Jungle and Toledo Free Press fact checker.
Free tickets are available at the Main Library Downtown, Toledo Free Press’ office at 605 Monroe St., FOX Toledo’s office at Four SeaGate and from any of the participating candidates.
For those unable to make it Downtown, FOX will cover the debate live in 90 minutes of uninterrupted television time.
Ward will post a live highlights transcript to her site. After live blogging several past debates, Ward said she is looking forward to the opportunity to ask questions this time.
“This debate gives voters something completely different,” Emerson said. “We’re constantly covering materials the candidates put out. But this time, we’re putting them on the spot and seeing them on their feet. That’s not something voters get to see very often.”
Local community leaders, the media partners and Toledo citizens were asked to contribute questions for the candidates. Candidates will not see the questions in advance, nor will they know who asked those questions, Miller said.
“Some of the other debates have had questions that were almost a bit fluffy and … our questions will have a little bit more meat to them,” Ward said.
Suggested question will be collected through noon Sept. 7 at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.