Women Voters League Announces Candidate Forums for General Election
September 15, 2021 by Staff Report

The League of Women Voters of Geauga will  host four candidate forums prior to the Nov. 2, 2021, general election.

The League of Women Voters of Geauga will  host four candidate forums prior to the Nov. 2, 2021, general election.

Each forum currently is planned as an in-person event, with contingency plans for a virtual option, if necessary. Each location also has COVID protocols that all attendees are expected to follow.

“Critical local races will be decided on Nov. 2,” LWVG President Shelly Lewis said. “It is  important that Geauga County voters be informed about the candidates running for election.”

The events are organized around school districts and the townships, villages and cities that feed into them. Given the number of candidates vying for election, LWV Geauga will limit candidate presentations to contested races and issues that are relevant to each location, as follows:

Monday, Sept. 27 • 7 p.m.
Kenston High School
Robert A. Lee Auditorium
9500 Bainbridge Road, Bainbridge Township

  • South Russell Village Council
  • Chagrin Falls Schools Board of Education
  • Bainbridge Township Trustees
  • Kenston Schools Board of Education
  • Issue 1: Geauga County – Streets, Roads & Bridges
  • Issue 4: South Russell Village – Current Expenses
  • Issue 5: South Russell Village – Streets, Roads & Bridges

Wednesday, Sept. 29 • 7 p.m.
Cardinal Middle School
16175 Almeda Drive, Middlefield

  • Cardinal Schools Board of Education
  • Huntsburg Township Trustees
  • Parkman Township Fiscal Officer
  • Parkman Township Trustees
  • Troy Township Trustees
  • Issue 1: Geauga County – Streets, Roads & Bridges
  • Issue 6: Burton Township – Streets, Roads & Bridges
  • Issue 10: Claridon Township – Streets, Roads & Bridges
  • Issue 13: Huntsburg Township – Streets, Roads & Bridges
  • Issue 14: Middlefield Township – Streets, Roads & Bridges
  • Issue 18: Parkman Township – Fire & EMS
  • Issue 20: Thompson Township – Streets, Roads & Bridges
  • Issue 21: Troy Township – Fire & EMS
  • Issue 23: East Geauga Fire District – Fire & EMS

Tuesday, Oct. 5 • 7 p.m.
West Geauga Middle School
8611 Cedar Road, Chester Township

  • Chester Township Trustees
  • Munson Township Trustees
  • Newbury Township Trustees
  • Russell Township Trustees
  • West Geauga Schools Board of Education
  • Issue 1: Geauga County – Streets, Roads & Bridges
  • Issue 9: Chester Township – Police & EMS
  • Issue 15: Munson Township – Streets, Roads and Bridges
  • Issue 16: Newbury Township – Fire & EMS
  • Issue 17: Newbury Township – Streets, Roads & Bridges

Thursday, Oct. 7 • 7 p.m.
Chardon Middle School
424 North St., Chardon​​ 

  • Chardon City Mayor
  • Munson Township Trustees
  • Chardon Schools Board of Education
  • Issue 1: Geauga County – Streets, Roads & Bridges
  • Issue 2: Chardon City – Fire & EMS
  • Issue 3: Aquilla Village – Fire & EMS
  • Issue 7: Chardon Township – Streets, Roads & Bridges
  • Issue 8: Chardon Township – Fire & EMS
  • Issue 11: Hambden Township – Current Expenses
  • Issue 12: Hambden Expenses – Fire & EMS
  • Issue 15: Munson Township – Streets, Roads & Bridges
  • Issue 22: Chardon Schools Bond Levy

For each contested race, candidates will appear together in front of the audience with each candidate having three minutes to present their qualifications and intentions. Audience questions will follow and candidates will have one minute to respond. Questions will be submitted on notecards before the forum begins and a LWVG Board member will act as moderator.

The community is encouraged to review LWVG’s Criteria for Good Questions, which is available on the LWV Geauga website, www.lwvgeauga.org, on the main page and under the “Election Information” tab.

Candidates also have been invited to participate in a short “meet and greet” immediately following each event. Campaign materials will be available.

About

The League of Women Voters of Geauga is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. It does not support or oppose individual candidates or parties. Learn more about the LWVG at www.lwvgeauga.org.