The Northland Community Council will sponsor a meet-the-candidates forum Sept. 28.

The event, to feature candidates for municipal court clerk, city attorney and Columbus City Council -- as well as representatives for and against state Issue 2-- will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd.

NCC Vice President Alicia Ward announced the forum at the council's Sept. 5 meeting.

"That should be a really good and a really interesting forum," she said of the City Council candidates.

Seven people are running for three seats. The incumbents are Mitchell J. Brown, Shannon G. Hardin and Priscilla R. Tyson.

They face challenges from Jasmine Ayres, Kieran Cartharn, Joe Motil and Will Petrik.

In the city attorney race, current City Council President Zach Klein faces off in the Nov. 7 general election against Don Kline.

The candidates for Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk are incumbent Lori M. Tyack and Aaron Schlabach.

"If you haven't been to them, you really should come," Ward said of the forums. "You get more insight into the candidates than you do from reading the newspaper or looking at websites."

The final aspect of the forum, Ward said, will be presentations from the campaigns that support and oppose Issue 2.

Issue 2 would require the state and state agencies, including the Ohio Department of Medicaid, to pay the same or lower prices for prescriptions drugs as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a department that negotiates drug prices with companies and typically pays 20 to 24 percent less than other agencies for prescription drugs, according to ballotpedia.org. Specifically, it would forbid state agencies to enter into any purchasing agreement with drug manufacturers unless the net cost of the drug is the same or less than that paid by the VA.

"Both sides are very passionate," Ward said.

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