2016 Candidate and Issue Forums

LWV of Greater Cleveland is proud of its efforts to provide the voters of Cuyahoga County an opportunity to meet, listen to, and question their candidates in order to be informed voters. When appropriate, LWV of Greater Cleveland partners with other organizations to present candidate and issue forums.

Unless otherwise noted all League of Women Voters forums are FREE and open to the public.

City Club of Cleveland forums:

Monday, October 17, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
To view video of this forum click here.

Candidates include:
Beverly Goldstein, Ph.D, (R), candidate for the 11th district
Donald Larson (R), candidate for the 9th district
Keith Mundy (D), candidate for the 16th district
Michael Wager (D), candidate for the 14th district
Incumbents in these races have declined to participate.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 members/$35 nonmembers
To view live streaming click here.

Three seats on the Ohio Supreme Court are on this year’s general election ballot. One, the seat occupied by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, is unopposed; the other two seats are contested. Once elected, justices serve a six-year term. Currently, the Republicans have a 6-1 majority in the court.

Join us for a conversation with Ohio Supreme Court candidates Judge John O’Donnell (D), and Judge Cynthia Rice (D), moderated by Tucker Ellis attorney Brandon Cox. The other candidates in this race declined to participate.


Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Online reservations for this event are now closed. Call (216) 621-0082 for ticket availability.
This debate will be televised on WEWS, Channel 5, October 20 at 7 p.m.

Rob Portman (R) and Ted Strickland (D), candidates for the Ohio U.S. Senate, participate in a debate moderated by WEWS-TV anchor Danita Harris and Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler.

Location: Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre
The Idea Center® at PlayhouseSquare
1375 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

The League of Women Voters is partnering on this debate.

Ohio U.S. Senate race debate videos

Debates between Rob Portman and Ted Strickland held October 14 in Youngstown and October 17 in Columbus can be viewed online. Click on the links below:

October 14 debate video

October 17 debate video

League of Women Voters forum video
September 22 east side forum covering the following races. For video  click here

Ohio Board of Education District 11Candidates are Meryl Johnson, Bill Lavezzi, Richard T. Montgomery II, and Amy M. Zuren
Ohio Senate District 24*Candidates are  Matt Dolan and Emily Hagan
Ohio House District 9Candidates are  Janine Boyd and Joe Miller
Ohio House District 8Candidates are  Kent Smith and Cassandra McDonald
Ohio House District 6: Candidates are  Marlene Anielski and Phillip Robinson

September 27 west side forum covering the following races. For video  click here

Ohio House District 16**: Candidates are Tommy Greene and David Greenspan
Ohio Senate District 24*: Candidates: Matt Dolan and Emily Hagan

*Candidates for State Senate District 24 appeared in both forums as the district  encompasses suburbs along the western, southern, and eastern borders of Cuyahoga County from Bay Village to Highland Heights.

**Confirmation and apology were offered by candidates for Ohio Senate District 16 re disputed claims on collective bargaining stances. To see details click here.