Democrats set first Ohio governor race debate Sept. 12

There are four announced Democratic candidates, including a local man, Joe Schiavoni

Ohio Gov. John Kasich addresses the 2016 National Convention of the NAACP Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
(AP Photo/Gary Landers)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Democrats plan to stage the first in a series of debates next month in the race for their party’s 2018 governor nomination.

Party Chairman David Pepper said Monday the four current candidates will meet Sept. 12 at Martins Ferry High School in eastern Ohio. He said they hope to debate in all of the state’s regions. He said Democrats want to highlight that they will be the candidates of change and how regions such as eastern Ohio have been hurt by Republican policies.

The four announced Democratic candidates are former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former legislator Connie Pillich (PIL’-ich) and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni (shu-VOHN’-ee).

Four Republicans, including three statewide officeholders and a fourth-term congressman, are running to succeed two-term GOP Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik).

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