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CAMPAIGN UPDATE | Mahoning Valley election news for Sept. 28

Mahoning Matters has put together voter guides for Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties that contain information on basic voting needs — how to register, what is on the ballot, how much will that levy will cost you, etc. 
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Mahoning Matters recognizes its obligation to keep readers updated on news of candidates, forums and other developments during the election season.

If you have an upcoming candidate forum, registration drive or campaign news release you'd like us to consider publishing, send it to news@mahoningmatters.com.

Candidate statements and press releases are edited for space and are subjected to fact-checking.

Voter information

Mahoning Matters has put together voter guides for Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties that contain information on basic voting needs — how to register, what is on the ballot, how much will that levy will cost you, etc. 

The guides can be found here:

We have emailed questionnaires to almost every candidate in a contested race. As the candidates respond, we will add those links to the guides. In addition, we have identified 14 key races that will get extra attention this election season. We will augment those races with additional coverage as it happens and expand their biographical information in the guides. 

We plan this to be a living, breathing document, so as you go through a guide, if there is something you think we should add, email Editor Mark Sweetwood at mark@mahoningmatters.com.

Presidential race

  • President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will face off on the Supreme Court, the coronavirus pandemic and race and violence in the nation’s cities when they meet for their first presidential debate Tuesday in Cleveland. The 90-minute debate, moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and will be nationally televised.

Election forums

  • The Community Mobilization Coalition and Junior Civic League are hosting this year’s political forum virtually via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. today (Sept. 28). The forum will present an opportunity for candidates to be presented to the community and clarification of issues on the ballot. To register for the forum, click here.

Candidate statements

  • State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, on Tuesday recognized National Voter Registration Day as an opportunity to encourage participation in this November’s election. “Don’t let anyone discourage you from voting this year. Ignore the noise, check your voter registration, make a plan and go vote,” Lepore-Hagan said in a news release. “It is on us to do our part in making our state the very best.” Lepore-Hagan and state Rep. Beth Liston, D-Dublin, announced in March the introduction of House Bill 560, a bill to improve voting and address challenges posed by the global pandemic.

  • U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13th, voted in favor of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, which would make reforms to U.S energy policy and authorize major investments in the transition to a low-carbon future. The U.S. House passed the bill Thursday. “As northeastern Ohio moves toward more advanced manufacturing that includes the production of electric vehicles and batteries, this bill will help advance our agenda of being on the forefront of these new technologies,” Ryan said in a news release.

Endorsements

  • Former GOP candidate for Congress Lou Lyras announced he is supporting U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13th, for re-election. "Tim Ryan is the clear choice. Tim will vote across the party line to get things done for the Mahoning Valley,” Lyras said in a news release. “He has proven that time and time again. I can't support Christina Hagan and her dark money funders. She is too extreme and doesn't even live in the district. We can't have a sycophant for Donald Trump representing us. That's not going to work for the people in the Valley."

  • Steve Kristan, candidate for Mahoning County commissioner, has received an official endorsement from the National Protect Our Police PAC, an organization committed to electing pro-police political candidates to public office. “My grandfather, Officer Benjamin Stephen Kristan Sr., believed in God, his family and his country,” Kristan said in a news release. “He loved serving his community as a policeman. I’m proud of his commitment, and the commitment of men and women in law enforcement today who put their life on the line every day to keep this great county safe.” According to its website, "Protect Our Police PAC is the only organization exclusively committed to electing pro-police political candidates to public office. Founded by retired Police Officers, we’re working to elect Pro-Police Leaders up and down the ballot who will always Back the Blue and other first responders on the front line."



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