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University institute to interview 6 governor candidates

April 1, 2018

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A politics institute will conduct a series of interviews with Ohio’s six major gubernatorial candidates which will be live-streamed.

The University of Akron’s Bliss Institute for Applied Politics says the in-depth interviews are designed to give citizens information they can use ahead of the May 8 primary.

The series kicks off Tuesday and runs through April 11, the day after early voting opens.

Tom Beres, retired senior political correspondent for WKYC-TV, will conduct interviews with four Democrats and two Republicans. The interviews will go beyond “10-second sound bites or the food fight of a debate,” Beres said.

He said he will ask candidates their positions on key issues, including guns, education, the economy and fighting the opioid epidemic.

Gerald Austin, director of the university’s International Campaign Fellows Program, spearheaded the event. He said the interviews will be live-streamed and archived on the university’s YouTube channel , the Institute’s Facebook page and WKYC’s website .

Interviews will take place at the Z-TV studio housed within the university’s School of Communications. The schedule is:

— Democrat Joe Schiavoni, April 3, 10-11 a.m.

— Republican Mary Taylor, April 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

— Democrat William O’Neill, April 5, 3-4 p.m.

— Democrat Dennis Kucinich, April 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

— Republican Mike DeWine, April 11, 2:45-3:45 p.m.

— Democrat Richard Cordray, April 11, 4-5 p.m.

The Bliss Institute is a bipartisan research and teaching institute that studies and teaches the political process. It places special emphasis on political parties, grassroots and ethical behavior.

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