The Northwest Civic Association and the Clintonville Area Commission are sponsoring a candidates night Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Centennial High School.
The Franklin County Consortium for Good Government also is a partner in staging the event, Northwest Civic Association President John Ehlers said in seeking the area commission's support.
All he was asking, Ehlers added, was for some volunteer help in welcoming candidates and voters and assistance in promoting the event.
Ehlers said he hoped to establish a precedent for co-sponsoring future candidates nights. He said he felt an off-year election was the right time to test how such an arrangement would work.
Ann Fisher of WOSU-FM's All Sides public-affairs talk show will be the moderator for the Oct. 16 gathering, which is scheduled to run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the high school, 1441 Bethel Road.
Refreshments donated by northwest Columbus businesses will be provided in the Hall of Flags common area just inside the front doors, which will open at 5:30 p.m. that day, Ehlers said.
Following opening remarks at 7 p.m., the schedule will be:
* 7:05 p.m., Columbus City Council candidates.
* 7:41 p.m., city auditor candidates.
* 7:59 p.m., Columbus City Schools auditor issue (Issue 51).
* 8:09 p.m., Columbus City Schools bond and levy issues (Issue 50).
* 8:24 p.m., school board candidates.
The moderator will accept questions from people in the audience. Each candidate or individual representing an issue will have one minute to respond, with no rebuttal, Ehlers said.
The only expense involved in putting on the candidates night, he said, would be to purchase bottled water, and he will handle that.