The Franklin County Consortium for Good Government, a coalition of non-partisan organizations in Central Ohio, is again organizing "Meet the Candidates" Forums in Franklin County and nearby communities.
This annual series of non-partisan events was initiated in 1991 when Brookwood Presbyterian Church and the National Council of Jewish Women presented the first candidates’ forum.
At a "Meet the Candidates" Forum, members of the public can meet and question the candidates who are running for public offices. The Consortium invites all candidates who are running in a contested race to at least one of the candidates’ forums. We may also invite proponents and opponents of issues to the forums depending on decisions by the governing board of the Consortium.
This year the Consortium will hold "Meet the Candidates" Forums in widely separated geographical sites so that people in most electoral areas will be provided with a convenient place to view candidates.
The Consortium works both to increase the public’s knowledge about candidates and issues, and to remind central Ohioans that if we wish to have a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” we must educate ourselves about all the candidates and then utilize our constitutional right to vote.