The art of politics: A 3-in-1 debateWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | firstname.lastname@example.org
As we roll into the final weeks of campaigning before the Nov. 2 election, a tremendous amount of attention is focused on the 9th District Congressional race between incumbent Marcy Kaptur and challenger Rich Iott. Their Oct. 11 debate, sponsored by Toledo Free Press and Leadership Toledo and broadcast live on FOX Toledo, will be the last high-profile opportunity for voters to see the candidates answer questions and face each other.
But there are several more races to be decided, and Toledo Free Press is teaming with the Toledo chapter of the League of Women Voters to bring you three more debates in one place on one night.
“The Art of Politics” will commence at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Toledo Museum of Art’s beautiful Great Gallery. This open-to-the-public evening will feature three debate pairings, moderated by FOX Toledo anchor Laura Emerson and live blogged by Lisa Renee Ward from the Glass City Jungle, FOX Toledo and Toledo Free Press websites.
The candidates will answer questions from panelists Michael S. Miller, Toledo Free Press editor in chief, Brandi Barhite, Toledo Free Press associate editor and Cumulus Radio News Director London Mitchell.
Here is the lineup of debates:
n Edna Brown (D) and Tom Waniewski (R): Brown, the District 48 representative to the Ohio House, is in her fifth term in the House and is looking to move to the District 11 Ohio Senate seat. Waniewski, a Toledo City Councilman, is the challenger.
n Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez (D) will debate challenger Gina Marie Kaczala (R).
n Lucas County Commissioner candidates. Sylvania Twp. Trustee Carol Contrada (D)and current Toledo City Councilman George Sarantou (R)will address several critical issues.
Free tickets to the “Art of Politics” debate night will be available Oct. 15 through each campaign, the Toledo Free Press office and the information desk at the Toledo Museum of Art.
Toledo Free Press strives to present community events and encourage conversations that promote our quality of life. We are greatly indebted to the Toledo Museum of Art, the six participating campaigns and our media and community partners for helping us make our vision a reality.
And, hopefully, making the debate night a true masterpiece.