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Election 2020: Local candidates and experts to answer your questions

Join us at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 for a short and lively discussion with local candidates and election officials about Election 2020.

With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, Mahoning Matters Editor Mark Sweetwood will moderate a short and lively discussion with key candidates and political experts on the issues and races you'll be deciding at the polls.

During this live-streamed event you'll hear directly from candidates, elections officials and others about where things stand as we inch closer to Election 2020.

This Community Matters event, in partnership with Stambaugh Auditorium, will be shown virtually in several ways. Unlike previous events, you won't need to register and attend an online session because we're offering multiple ways you can watch it live.

The event will be live-streamed on Stambaugh Auditorium's website and YouTube page, the Mahoning Matters Facebook Page, and Stambaugh Auditorium's new smartphone and smartTV app "The Digital Concert Hall."

You can find the live-stream details here, as well as submit questions for candidates and our panel of local experts.

We have an impressive lineup for the event, so you'll want to tune in. And, this all-star lineup is certainly subject to change given the ups and downs of this election season.

We will hear from President Donald Trump surrogate Geno Difabio and former Vice President Joe Biden surrogate Michael Morley. We will hear from U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13th, and his challenger, Christina Hagan. We will also hear from incumbent Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains and his challenger, Martin Desmond.

These will not be mini-debates. It's been made clear to the campaigns that these will be moderated discussions aimed at a last-minute pitch to undecided voters with less than two weeks to go before the election.

And we've assembled a great panel of political experts, including:

  • Dr. Paul Sracic, political science professor, Youngstown State University;
  • Tom McCabe, deputy director, Mahoning County Board of Elections;
  • Ron Massullo, deputy director, Trumbull County Board of Elections.

And, as always, we'll be taking your questions! You can submit them on the form below, or email them to

We hope that you'll join us for this virtual, live event. Once again, here's how where you can find where to watch this event and submit questions for the candidates and panelists.

Community Matters is an ongoing event series co-produced by Stambaugh Auditorium and Mahoning Matters.