The Franklin County Consortium for Good Government will sponsor a candidate forum on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road.

The Franklin County Consortium for Good Government will sponsor a candidate forum on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road.

Lee Leonard, one of the organizers of the forum, said a moderator for the event has yet to be determined.

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 at 7 p.m. Leonard said the audience will have a chance to submit handwritten questions, which will be screened before being passed along to the candidates.

He said each candidate will have one minute to answer each question, and depending on the question, the moderator can give candidates an opportunity to rebut for 30 seconds.

Invited candidates include those seeking two open seats on the Reynoldsburg Board of Education: Joseph Begeny, Kevin T. Burtyk, Monica A. Debrock, Thomas Drabick, Loretta L. King and Sandra D. Long; Mayor Brad McCloud, a Republican who is seeking re-election, and his challenger, Richard Donovan, an Independent.

Also invited are candidates in the two contested races for Reynoldsburg City Council: Republican Scott Barrett and write-in candidate William J. Schuck, also a Republican, in Ward 1, and Democrat Cornelius McGrady III and Republican Bill Sampson in Ward 3.

Other invited candidates are Truro Township fiscal officer Natalie West Nicodemus, seeking re-election to a second term, and challenger Nancy Schroyer,; incumbent current trustee Pat Mahaffey, who is running for re-election against Michael Shirey, currently a lieutenant in the Truro Township Fire Department.

Leonard said the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government sponsors the candidate forums in hopes that good information will be provided for the voting public.

“It’s a chance to see the candidates up close and face to face and to hear their views and how they answer questions submitted by the audience,” he said.

Leonard said the facility has a capacity to hold about 100 people. Refreshments will be provided.

He said the event should run until 9 p.m. with a chance for the audience to meet and talk to the candidates afterward.

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