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Cleveland debate set for Ohio Senate candidates, Sherrod Brown and Jim Renacci

September 17, 2018

Cleveland debate set for Ohio Senate candidates, Sherrod Brown and Jim Renacci

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The two major candidates for this year’s Ohio Senate race will debate in Cleveland next month, organizers for the event announced Monday.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and his Republican challenger, Rep. Jim Renacci, have agreed to debate at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 in Cleveland, about three weeks before the November election.

The debate will be held at the Westfield Insurance studio theater at the Idea Center in Playhouse Square, according to the nonpartisan Ohio Debate Commission, which is organizing the event.

Two veteran journalists -- Ann Fisher, of WOSU public radio in Columbus and Russ Mitchell, anchor at WKYC-TV in Cleveland -- will serve as moderators. Tickets for the event are free, and organizers say more information about how to attend will be posted on their website, www.ohiodebatecommission.org, on Tuesday.

The Cleveland debate is the first announced between Brown and Renacci. But their campaigns also have agreed to hold debates in Columbus and Cincinnati. Negotiations on specific dates and locations for those events are still ongoing. 

The Ohio Debate Commission is a nonpartisan group of media outlets, academic institutions and civic organizations. It was formed earlier this year to try to provide a framework for Ohio candidates to debate, who increasingly have been unwilling to do so in recent years.

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