Cincinnati 2014: Re-Imagining Progress

A nonpartisan City Council candidate forum

WHEN: 7 p.m. Oct. 5; public opening reception 6 p.m.

WHERE: The Greenwich, 2442 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills

Welcome to the candidate question submission page for the 2013 City Council candidate forum at The Greenwich in Walnut Hills on Oct. 5.

The event, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area and CityBeat, is designed to expand voter awareness while also fostering a more casual, interactive atmosphere than is generally observed in forums of this kind.

The debate is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The League of Women Voters will celebrate the release of its 2013 election guide with a public opening reception before the event, commencing promptly at 6 p.m. Both events are free.

The forum moderator and a panel of local media members will ask questions submitted by a variety of sources, including those submitted by the public. Candidates will take the stage in groups of four and be allowed a two-minute opening statement and then take questions from the moderator and media panel, which will foster discussion of how candidates define what signs are (or perhaps would be) truly indicative of “progress” (economic, social, political, cultural) for the city. What are the key objective measures of a Cincinnati moving in a positive direction (a thriving casino? successful streetcar project? balanced budget?)? Moreover, our candidates will be asked to outline specific strategies for creating, managing and sustaining such a vision for our city. 

Questions submitted by the public will be included. Submit your question here:


The novelty of this nonpartisan forum — and its location on Peebles Corner — are especially appropriate. Walnut Hills not only typifies the systemic neighborhood problems that continue to plague parts of our city (i.e. abandoned properties, unemployment, drug-related crime), but ironically is also a community which by recent accounts has begun to show signs of redevelopment progress.

In the interest of voter education, our forum sponsors are firmly dedicated to allowing the full roster of candidates to share their respective positions on the fundamental questions facing Cincinnati.

The entire session will be videotaped and archived online for public review during the weeks leading up to the election. To conclude the evening, a post-forum “Meet and Greet” will be held allowing candidates time for interaction with the public (and local media) prior to the evening news.

For more information, email the_greenwich@yahoo.com.