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The Stow group, Citizens for Nonpartisan Politics (CNP), is sponsoring a Candidates Night for various races, including 37th District State Representative, Summit County Executive, Summit County Council (At-large and District #3), 9th District Court of Appeals Judge, Summit County Fiscal Officer, Common Pleas Court(s) Judges(s), and Domestic Relations Court Judge. The Stow-Munroe Falls City School District Permanent Improvements Levy will also be on the program.
Candidates Night will be Oct. 4 at the VFW/Acker-Moore Memorial Post 175, 3733 Fishcreek Road, in Stow, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Program moderators are former Rotary Club of Stow-Munroe Falls president Andrea Denton and longtime Stow Planning Commission member Pete Mihelick. Well-known community and political activist Barbara Porter will serve as timekeeper. Tom Stephan, CNP secretary, will serve as MC for the evening.
Each candidate will be allotted two minutes to present his/her background and qualifications, followed by a timed question and answer session for those with opponents. For those unopposed, there will be no Q&A session. If an opposed candidate is unable to attend, he/she may send a representative who will have two minutes to present the candidate's background and/or position, but will not be part of the Q&A. There will be no debates.
Candidates planning to attend include Kristina Daley Roegner and Casey Weinstein, 37th District State Representative; Summit County Executive candidates Ilene Shapiro and Bill Roemer; Summit County Council District #3 candidates Gloria Rodgers and David Worhatch; and Summit County Council At-large candidate Elizabeth Walters.
Also attending, Tom Teodosio, candidate for Judge of the 9th District Court of Appeals; Summit County Fiscal Officer candidate Kristen M. Scalise; several different Judge of Common Pleas Court(s) candidates, including Todd McKenney, Joy Malek Oldfield and Alison Breaux; and Domestic Relations Judge candidates Ron Cable and Katarina Cook. Tom Bratten, superintendent of the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, will present the Permanent Improvements Levy campaign.
Members of the CNP Governmental Affairs Committee developed the questions the moderators will ask; the candidates have not received or seen the questions prior to Candidates Night.
CNP Candidates Night is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.