CINCINNATI - This year's City Council election is shaping up to be quite a contest. There are 21 candidates vying for the nine spots in the race that could yield some real surprises.
Several appointed council members are running for reelection and a record number of new young candidates have come forward. Two candidates from the last election and a former councilman are in the race again and some long-term members are finding themselves in minority or unpopular positions.
Though campaign literature and yard signs abound, meeting the City Council candidates in person may be the best way to make an informed choice about who to vote for. You'll have your chance to do just that.
The Hyde Park Neighborhood Council, Madisonville Community Council, Mt. Lookout Community Council and Oakley Community Council have joined forces to put on one large event on Wednesday at Crossroads Community Church located at 3500 Madison Road.
The event begins with a meet and greet at 6:30 p.m., followed by a forum from 7 to 9 p.m.
Attendees can engage in one-on-one conversations with the candidates during the meet and greet period.
At 7 p.m., candidates will take the stage in groups. Each candidate will be given time to make a brief formal presentation and then the group will be presented with questions that focus on issues that have major impact on the eastside neighborhoods.
Audience members will also have the opportunity to pose questions.
All certified candidates have been invited to participate and most have indicated they will take part.
This event is free and open to everyone. The forum will be held in the fully accessible CSM room in Crossroad's main building. Please enter the building via the West Entrance. For more information, click here.