Forums slated to tackle Election Day issues in Summit County |

Forums slated to tackle Election Day issues in Summit County

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SUMMIT COUNTY – A series of public forums are planned in the next month to help bring voters up to speed on November’s election.

A five-part series on Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101 continues Saturday with a discussion on expected impacts the ballot measures might have on education (see box for details).

Last Thursday, about 18 people attended a forum that served as an overview on the measures. While opposition of the so-called “Ugly 3” has been relatively easy to find, the planners are looking for people to speak in favor at upcoming forums.

“It’s really hard to find somebody who will go on the record” in favor of the ballot measures, said Sandy Briggs, executive director of Our Future Summit – one of the local organizations sponsoring the forums.

He said only one person, who was “sort of in favor,” spoke backing the measures at the last forum.

Local candidates for public office are scheduled for a forum Oct. 12 at the Summit County Community and Senior Center.

Confirmed attendees include: Republican Tim Leonard and Democrat Jeannie Nicholson for State Senate District 16; Democrat Christine Scanlan (incumbent) and Republican Deb Irvine for State House District 56; Democrat Beverly Breakstone (incumbent) and Republican Lindsay Backas for Summit County Assessor, according to an e-mail from Howard Hallman, president of Our Future Summit.

Erik Chapin, an independent running for county assessor, has been invited as well, according to Hallman.

The candidates’ forum is to have a local focus with written questions submitted from the audience. Some questions might be submitted electronically.

“We are looking to sort out candidate opinions on the local economy, business large and small, the environment (forest health, water and recreation), education and government funding,” Hallman said in the e-mail.

The state Senate and House and county assessor candidates are also to attend an Oct. 11 forum hosted by the Summit County Builders Association and Summit Association of Realtors. Officials with Summit County School District are to attend and speak on a ballot measure for the local schools, said David Koons with the builders association.

He said the forum at Beaver Run’s Imperial Room is to tackle issues regarding the local real estate and development industries.

SDN reporter Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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