The Franklin County Consortium for Good Government is sponsoring a candidate forum on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road.

The Franklin County Consortium for Good Government is sponsoring a candidate forum on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road.

The event will feature candidates running for seats on the Reynoldsburg Board of Education, city council and Truro Township board of trustees.

Lee Leonard, coordinator for the event, said invitations were sent out to all candidates in each of the three races. Those who attend will each make opening and closing statements and field questions from the audience.

Leonard said each question will be submitted in writing and will be screened before presented to the candidates.

The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. in Kirsch Hall with a chance to "meet and greet" the candidates, followed by a timed forum, including a moderator, at 7 p.m.

Leonard said the forum will end promptly at 9 p.m. As has happened at past forums, some candidates may make themselves available afterward for individual conversations, he said.

"The purpose of the event is to provide information to the public about each of these contests for council, township trustee and board of education, and to give the candidates a chance to air their views and respond to the questions from the audience," Leonard said.

Reynoldsburg voters will see a lengthy list of candidates on the Nov. 3 ballot for school board, city council and township trustee seats.

For the school board race, 10 candidates are seeking election to fill three seats.

They include three incumbents, Cheryl Max, James A. Slonaker Jr. and Andrew Swope, and challengers G. Daryl Albrecht, Kristin J. Bryant, Ryan Brzezinski, David Hedrick, Anna Lulianelli, Leanora A. Jenkins and Elaine M. Tornero.

Among issues likely to be discussed as part of the school board race are fiscal responsibility and the district's 9.9-mill operating levy, which is also on the ballot this November.

Five people are seeking election to three at-large Reynoldsburg City Council seats and three are hoping to be elected to two seats on the Truro Township board of trustees.

The five candidates seeking three seats on city council are Republicans Barth Cotner, Nathan Burd and Christopher Long and Democrats Cornelius McGrady III and Donna Shirey. Cotner and Shirey are incumbents.

McGrady and Shirey automatically advanced to the November general election because they were the only two candidates to file for three Democratic spots on the primary ballot.

The issues surrounding the council race include citywide code enforcement, safety and security, and economic development.

In Truro Township, voters will elect two township trustees from among three candidates: incumbents Dennis Nicodemus and Barbara Strussion and challenger Bill Smith.

Issues in the township race are mainly focused on maintaining the fire department and its firefighters as well as their relationship with the trustees.

Incumbent city auditor Richard E. Harris ran unopposed in the May primary in his bid for re-election. Unless there is a write-in candidate, Harris will be the sole choice on the ballot in November.

The Sept. 29 candidate forum is free and open to the public. For more information, call Lee Leonard at (614)861-8637.