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"Meet the Candidates" Forums 2014
The most important election events of the season!


The Franklin County Consortium for Good Government, a coalition of non-partisan organizations in Central Ohio, is again organizing "Meet the Candidates" Forums in Franklin County and nearby communities.

This annual series of non-partisan events was initiated in 1991 when Brookwood Presbyterian Church and the National Council of Jewish Women presented the first candidates’ forum.

At a "Meet the Candidates" Forum, members of the public can meet and question the candidates who are running for public offices.  The Consortium invites all candidates who are running in a contested race to at least one of the candidates’ forums.  We may also invite proponents and opponents of issues to the forums depending on decisions by the governing board of the Consortium.

This year the Consortium will hold "Meet the Candidates" Forums  in widely separated geographical sites so that people in most electoral areas will be provided with a convenient place to view candidates. 

The Consortium works both to increase the public’s knowledge about candidates and issues, and to remind central Ohioans that if we wish to have a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” we must educate ourselves about all the candidates and then utilize our constitutional right to vote.


 The Latest News!

10/8/2014: Our 2014 series is well underway, and we're excited to offer recordings of selected "Meet the Candidates" Forum events here on our Web site through our partnership with WCRS Community Radio. Click here to view our page listing all of the events available for online listening.

9/9/2014: The poster announcing the entire series of 2014 "Meet the Candidates" Forum events is now available as a PDF file. Download your copy by clicking here!

9/9/2014: The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Columbus, Ohio Chapter is presenting its 2014 Candidates Forum on September 18 from 11:30 to 1:30 pm.  Confirmed speakers include candidates for Lt. Governor (Sharen Neuhardt-D), Secretary of State (Jon Husted-R and Nina Turner-D), Attorney General (Mike DeWine-R and David Pepper-D) and Auditor of State (John Patrick Carney-D and Dave Yost-R).  For more information, visit the NAWBO Web site.

9/9/2014:  The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Central Ohio Chapter (NCBWCOC) and the Ohio Council of YWCAs are partnering to present Promises Made / Promises Kept Town Hall on September 23 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the YWCA Columbus.  For more information, visit the NCBWCOC Web site.

9/7/2014: The Web site has been updated with the 2014 "Meet the Candidates" Forum Schedule of Events. The schedule is still subject to change, so check back periodically for changes and additional information.

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