Upper Arlington voters will have an opportunity to hear from those running this fall for seats on Upper Arlington City Council and the Upper Arlington Board of Education at Leadership UA's Oct. 19 Candidates Night.
Each of the eight hopefuls for City Council, as well as the two running for school board seats, are expected to take part in the free event from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.
An informal open house is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m., where voters can speak with the candidates. A moderated question-and-answer forum is slated from 7 to 9 p.m.
"With four UA City Council seats up for election and two UA school board seats open, as well as other issues on the ballot, this proves to be an active and exciting election year." said Thad Boggs, Leadership UA board president. "We urge all UA residents to be informed about the candidates running for office and we are pleased to provide this opportunity for our residents to meet the candidates in person and ask important questions."
Leadership UA is a nonprofit organization that seeks to engage and inspire current and emerging leaders in Upper Arlington to take an active role in the community through leadership-training courses and events like Candidates Night.
The City Council seats in the Nov. 7 election are incumbent Kip Greenhill and challengers Michaela Burriss, Brian Close, Bob Foulk, Omar Ganoom, Michele Hoyle, Jim Lynch and Lowell Toms.
Incumbent Carol Mohr and newcomer Scott McKenzie are running unopposed for school board two seats.
Attendees may submit questions for the question-and-answer forum by emailing email@example.com no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 18.
"This allows us to review all questions, see what common questions we are getting so we are sure to ask about the topics of greatest interest given the limited time available," said Mary Beth Cowardin, Leadership UA executive director. "We will have question forms at the event. However, given the two-hour timeframe and the large number of candidates, we may not be able to get all questions asked as we may run out of time."
She said Leadership UA hopes to livestream the event via the organization's Facebook page and other websites for those who can't attend. Details for those plans were still being worked out last week, but she said updated information would be provided at leadershipua.org.