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Debates: State and County Candidates

Candidates and their campaigns are announcing agreed upon debate schedules as the November 6th General Election is approaching. For the U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial Debates, the Ohio Debate Commission, a nonpartisan group of media outlets, academic institutions and civic organization, has been instrumental in the negotiations between the campaigns to schedule debates. The Ohio Debate Commission was formed early in 2018 to provide a framework for Ohio candidates to debate since candidates have been more unwilling to debate in recent years. Information regarding tickets for each event will be posted as soon as it becomes available. In addition, as soon as video is available on YouTube for each debate, a link will be provided for you to watch at your convenience!

U.S. Senator

Senator Sherrod Brown and challenger Representative Jim Renacci (R) have agreed to at least one debate. Ticket information will be posted on the Ohio Debate Commission website: www.ohiodebatecommission.org.

  • Sunday, October 14, 2018 | 6:00pm | Westfield Insurance Studio  at the Idea Center in Playhouse Square, Cleveland | Moderators: Ann Fisher/WOSU Public Radio, Columbus; Russ Mitchell, anchor WKYC TV, Cleveland. View video here.
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018 | Columbus. More details to follow once available
  • Friday, October 26, 2018 | Oxford. More details to follow once available.


Governor of Ohio

The Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine campaigns have announced three debates to be held over the next few weeks. Ticket information will be posted on the Ohio Debate Commission website:  www.ohiodebatecommission.org.

  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | 7:00pm | Daniel J. Curran Place on the University of Dayton River Campus, 300 College Park, Dayton 45469 - View debate here
  • Monday, October 1, 2018 | 7:00pm | Marietta College, 215 5th Street, Marietta 45750 - View debate here
  • Monday, October 8, 2018 | 7:00pm | Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115 - View debate here

Attorney General

Steve Dettelbach (D) and Dave Yost (R)
Monday, October 22 | 12:00 noon
City Club of Cleveland,850 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor, Cleveland 44114
This will likely be the only debate in the Cleveland area. 
Please click on the link to read a bit more about the event and to purchase tickets ASAP: 
 https://www.cityclub. org/forums/2018/10/22/ohio-attorney-general-debate


State Representative-District 89

Joe Helle (D) and State Representative Steve Ardnt (R-Port Clinton)
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 10:00am
Huron High School, 710 Cleveland road W, Huron 44839
View video here.

Joe Helle (D) and State Representative Steve Ardnt (R-Port Clinton)
Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 6:00pm
Sponsored by the Business Professional Women
Candidates Night 2018
View video here.


Erie County Commissioner

Julie Farrar (D) and Steve Shoffner (R)
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 6:00pm-8:00pm
McCormick Jr. High School, 325 Ohio St, Huron 44839
Sponsored by Huron Chamber of Commerce

Julie Farrar (D) and Steve Shoffner (R)
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 1:00pm
Margaretta High School, 209 Lowell Street, Castalia 44824
View video here.


U.S. House of Representatives-Ohio's Congressional District 4

Janet Garrett (D) and U.S. Representative Jim Jordan
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 12noon-2:00pm
Monroeville High School, 101 West Street, Monroeville 44847
Debate will be available for demand viewing on Sandusky Register website.