Forum focuses on issues, candidates

The League of Women Voters of the Tiffin Area is to host a candidate forum for local voters Oct. 11.

Candidates Night, which will allow citizens to hear from candidates and people who want to persuade voters to support levies, is set for 7-9 p.m. at Tiffin Middle School, 103 Shepherd Drive.

Cassandra Collar, chairwoman of the event, said candidates for Tiffin City Council, Tiffin City School Board, Mohawk School Board and Hopewell-Loudon School Board are expected to participate.

She said League of Women Voters President Gene Chintala will serve as moderator

Collar said the event will help inform voters for the Nov. 7 election.

“I think it’s very important for (candidates) to have an opportunity to be available to community questions and to clarify what their job is,” she said. “As they talk about their position and why they want to run, they also talk about what’s been done already and what’s important.They talk about what they plan to do for their particular area.”

Collar said candidates will answer questions and would be given one minute for a conclusion. She said questions are to be submitted by audience members and by a committee of co-sponsor representatives before the beginning of the event.

It is co-sponsored by The Advertiser-Tribune, Tiffin University, Heidelberg University, Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services, Seneca County Radio, Spectrum and 1600-AM WTTF.

Collar said Tiffin City Council candidates will be questioned first, followed by school board candidates.

All of the Tiffin council candidates are running unopposed, but Collar stressed the importance of constituents hearing from their representatives.

“The people in your district and in your area need to have a chance to hear you,” she said. “Some people are new to the community and don’t know you. (The event) gives you a chance to clarify what your position is and what your view is on how you want to represent Tiffin. It’s a chance to re-inform the public about themselves.”

At about 7:50 p.m., Mircea Handru, executive director of Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, will have about 10 minutes to persuade residents to vote for a 10-year, 0.7-mill levy for the organization.

Collar said next, Bryan Glover, director of Seneca County Commission on Aging, will discuss a five-year, 0.3-mill levy for that organization.

Next is to be a discussion and question-and-answer session regarding State Issues 1 and 2.

Collar said the final portion of the night will feature Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz discussing the city’s proposed five-year, 0.25-percent income tax increase.

She said she is happy to give the levy presenters ample time to answer questions from residents.

“People are going to have a lot of questions,” she said.

Refreshments are to be served.

She said resident who cannot attend the event, can listen on www.seneca

countyradio.com or WTTF or watch a live-stream on www.candidatesnight.org. A recording of the video also will be available at the site after the event.