Debate announced for Toledo mayoral candidates

From News 11 media partner, The Blade:



A mayoral candidate debate sponsored by The Blade and WTOL-TV, Channel 11 will take place on Aug. 24, three weeks ahead of the city's Sept. 15 primary.

The top two vote-getters in the primary will face each other in a second debate on Oct. 26 - the week before the Nov. 3 general election.

"There is a lot at stake in this community, and we feel it's very important to allow these candidates to appear before the public without any prompters to answer questions about what they intend to do as mayor," said Ron Royhab, vice president and executive editor of The Blade. "I really believe a lot of attention is paid to debates and I think it's even more important when there are serious issues to be dealt with."

Bob Chirdon, vice president and general manger of WTOL, said the candidates will be asked very specific questions on topics including the economy and joblessness.

"Toledo is going through the same economic woes that the rest of the country is going through and more so than a lot of places," said Mr. Chirdon. "So this election is critical. It is going to set the tone and tenor for how we deal with and how we come out of this financial crisis."

"We want to make this very interactive and get as many people involved as possible, and will be taking questions over," Mr. Chirdon said.

Blade readers will be able to submit questions for the mayoral candidates before the debates through

Both hourlong debates are to begin at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Center at One SeaGate downtown.