League of Women Voters will host a Meet the Candidate Night

League of Women Voters will host a Meet the Candidate Night
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Area voters are encouraged to attend and become more informed about the decisions for the upcoming Nov. 5 elections.

                        

The Wayne County League of Women Voters will host a Meet the Candidate Night on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church Bruch Hall, 621 College Ave., Wooster. The event will present eight candidates for City of Wooster government and is free and open to the public.

Area voters are encouraged to attend and become more informed about the decisions for the upcoming Nov. 5 elections.

“It’s very much all about encouraging voting in general and about helping voters feel more informed about who is running for office,” Kathy Helmuth of the Wayne County League of Women Voters said.

This year’s Meet the Candidate Night is sponsored by the Wayne County League of Women Voters, the local chapter of the American Association of University Women, the NAACP, Wooster-Orrville branch and The Daily Record.

Featured for the evening are two candidates for mayor of Wooster, incumbent Robert Breneman and candidate Nell Reardon; city council candidates, Mark Cavin and Joel Gray (Ward 1) and Juanita Greene and David Silvestri (Ward 3); and two for council-at-large, Oliver Warren and Craig Sanders.

“Each candidate will answer questions submitted in writing from the audience,” Helmuth said. “And candidates will have the opportunity for rebuttal if needed.”

The evening will be moderated by LWV co-president (along with Dani Savage) Cindy Biggs, who said the annual event has grown year by year over the many she has been serving as host. “The number of people who come out to learn more about the candidates on the ballot has grown, and people show more interest in being well informed,” she said.

“The Meet the Candidate Night goes back several decades,” Helmuth said. “And I think people respect the fact that we make a strong effort to be nonpartisan, helping voters to be informed and have their questions answered about local candidates. I think it’s a great forum for both the candidates and the public.”

Biggs said, ”I think candidates find it valuable. It is the Wayne County event for providing this kind of forum.”

In an era of seemingly deep political divides among the electorate, Helmuth said the Meet the Candidate evenings have always been without rancor or difficulty.

”Coming together like that, face to face, brings not only civility, but the ability to have serious discussions about issues facing the community in a productive and helpful way,” Helmuth said.

The evening is expected to last about one and a half hours. “It’s a little smaller this year,” Helmuth said. “There are fewer candidates than we often see.”

Helmuth said MCTV will record the event and broadcast it later. She advised voters check for their current polling place at the Wayne County board of elections.

Biggs, who led the organization as president for many years, said the event has not changed much over the years. “It has continued to grow, of course, but overall we are governed by rules of the national organization and by election laws,” she said.

Biggs has resumed a more active role in the LWV. “There was some fear that the organization might be in danger of vanishing at the local level. I felt this was not the time for me to go away, but to do all I can with the rest of the organization to help,” she said.

Next year, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, enabling women to vote for the first time in the United States. Biggs said she expects the LWV to commemorate the historic date heavily.


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