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Cleveland State University to Host Gubernatorial Debate on Oct. 8

Cordray & DeWine

The Ohio Debate Commission will host a debate between the major party candidates for Governor of the State of Ohio at 7 p.m., October 8 on the campus of Cleveland State University. Mike DeWine, the state's attorney general, and Richard Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will have the opportunity to present their plans for the future direction of our state to Ohio’s voters in preparation for the general election in November.

“We’re honored to partner with the Ohio Debate Commission on this important event,” said Cleveland State University President Harlan Sands. “A strong Cleveland and a strong Ohio depend on our future leaders having a commitment to civic engagement. Bringing our students an opportunity to engage with the candidates vying for the top office in the state is exactly the kind of work we should be doing at the university.”

“We helped to pull this debate commission together because we believe that better debates can help create the conditions for better elections,” said Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club of Cleveland and a member of the Ohio Debate Commission. “With the network created by the members of this commission, we’ll be able to make sure everyone in every corner and community of the state has the opportunity to take full measure of both candidates before the November election.”

The Ohio Debate Commission is a collaboration of civic organizations, media organizations, and universities working to create debates of the highest quality for the highest statewide offices and distributing that content to every corner of the state. The commission was founded in early 2018 and includes media entities in every market in Ohio. More information can be found at