Mark your calendars! Oct. 12, Candidates Night in Oberlin; Oct. 14, CHIP Candidates Night in Lorain; Oct. 21, Town Hall with State Rep Terry Boose in Norwalk; Oct. 22, Candidates Night in Huron; Oct 25, Chris Ritchey fundraiser to fight Hodgkins Lymphoma in Lorain; Oct. 29, Town Hall with State Rep Terry Boose in Kipton; Nov. 3, Election Day (early voting has already begun).
First Church in Oberlin, on Monday, October 12th, will host a candidates night for 13 Oberlin City Council candidates, and 4 Oberlin school board candidates on Monday, October 12. Reception begins at 6:30 pm, and the forum begins at 7 pm. First Church is located at 106 N. Main St.
Lorain’s Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress (CHIP) will host its 7th annual candidates night on October 14th in the Gould Auditorium within the St. Joseph’s Community Center at 20th and Broadway in Lorain. Doors open at 6 pm, with the forum commencing about a half-hour later. David Arredondo is the contact person for this event (440) 315-7812. This event provides an excellent opportunity to see and hear the candidates who will be on the local ballot in Lorain.
[UPDATE: This represents a change to the town hall schedule for Norwalk] State Rep Terry Boose (R-58) has made a concerted effort to meet voters of his Ohio House district over the past 3 months. Two town hall meetings remain on the schedule: October 21st at 7:30 pm in the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center within Norwalk High School at 350 Shady Lane Dr. in Norwalk; and October 29th at 7 pm at the Kipton Village Hall, 299 State St. in Kipton.
At McCormick School in Huron, the Huron Public Library and Huron Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a candidates night that begins at 7 pm on October 22nd. Eight city council candidates (Sam Artino, Joel Bickley, Russell Critelli, Richard Hardy, Brad Hartung, Marilyn Shearer, Nancy Thornhill, Phyllis Wassner and Richard Wennes) have been invited to participate.
A fundraiser to help Chris Ritchey fight Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is scheduled for October 25th from 1 pm to 5 pm at Rosewood Place, 4493 Oberlin Avenue in Lorain. A spaghetti dinner will be served. Admission is $15 per person (children under 5 years old eat free). If you can’t make it to the event, but would like to donate to help defray Mr. Ritchey’s medical expenses, a fund has been established at First Federal Savings & Loan of Lorain, 3721 Oberlin Avenue, Lorain, Ohio 44053 (make checks payable to: Friends of Chris Ritchey). Tickets for the event can be obtained in several ways. In person, tickets can be obtained at Jenkins and Bevans Insurance, 47375 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst 44001; or at Marsha Funk State Farm Insurance, 3004 Oberlin Ave., Lorain 44052. By phone, tickets can be requested by calling Nikki (440) 282-3195 or Rich (440) 245-8752 or (440) 989-5141. Chris Ritchey is the son of Loraine Ritchey, blog author of That Woman’s Weblog (listed in my blogroll sidebar), and, besides her numerous blog entries about Lorain history and government, she shares information about the battle Chris has waged against Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Election Day is November 3. Though it’s not hyped as much as a presidential election, please don’t sit out this election. I urge votes against Issue 3 that would amend Ohio’s Constitution to allow an out-of-state casino cartel to plunder Ohio’s economy (what there is left of the economy) while throwing free market principles out the window. Cleveland’s Plain Dealer continues to reveal Republican and Democrat insiders and entrenched politicians, who have WRECKED Ohio’s economy through their corruption and selfish pay-to-play tactics, who support Issue 3. Gambling support from crooked politicians of both political parties should warn you that Issue 3 doesn’t pass the smell test.