EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a brief account of the Meet the Candidates forum held Wednesday at the YWCA Piqua. A more detailed story will be published in Friday’s edition of the Daily Call.
PIQUA — Community members filled the YWCA Piqua Wednesday night for this year’s Meet The Candidates event. This public forum, organized by the YWCA Public Policy Committee, was an opportunity to hear the local issues and meet the candidates in the upcoming November election. Nancy McMaken served as the event moderator.
There was a variety of candidates on hand to explain their positions while running for office. Candidates included Congressman Warren Davidson and Dr. Vanessa Enoch, both of whom are running for the U.S. Representative 8th Congressional District.
Enoch explained how she can identify with many people in the region. “As a single mom, I understand what it’s like for many of you who have struggled to make ends meet and have been challenged by some of the legislation that has come down from this administration.”
Other candidates included D.J. Byrnes and Jena Powell, both running for State Representative of the 80th House District, and Rep. Stephen Huffman and Paul Bradley, who are running for Ohio Senate.
Jim Roth was also on hand to speak about the only local issue that will be on the ballot, the Forest Hill Cemetery Renewal with an increase. Roth explained what the levy increase would be used for at the cemetery. “We are in desperate need to increase the number of burial spaces for folks to come in. We are getting to the point where we are very limited in that availability. So we need to add another section, but in order to add another section, we have to have a way to pay for it.”
Written questions were also submitted from the audience and asked by the moderator.