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"Meet the Candidates" Forums 2013
The most important election events of the season!


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.


 The Latest News!

9/20/13: Though not strictly speaking a Consortium event, a Candidates Forum for Columbus City School Board candidates is scheduled at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at East High School in Columbus. This event is sponsored by the Columbus Unit of the NAACP, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, CWA 4501, the Columbus Council of PTAs, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the League of Women Voters of Metro Columbus and the Columbus Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). For a poster (PDF) with more information, click here or call (614) 570-3425.

9/15/13: The Web site has been updated with the 2013 "Meet the Candidates" Forum Schedule of Events. The schedule is still subject to change, so check back periodically for changes and additional information.
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