The Stow group Citizens for Nonpartisan Politics is sponsoring a Candidates' Night for Stow City Council, Stow-Munroe Falls School Board, Stow Municipal Court Judge and Clerk of Court candidates. Candidates' Night will take place Oct. 1 at the VFW/Acker-Moore Memorial Post 175, 3733 Fishcreek Road in Stow, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Program moderators, John Long and Karen Monbeck, along with M.C. Bill Flinta, are not members of CNP, but were selected because of their backgrounds of active community involvement. Longtime Munroe Falls community activist Jeannine Case will serve as timekeeper.
Each candidate will be allotted two minutes to present his/her background and qualifications, followed by a timed question and answer session for those with opponents. For those unopposed, there will be no Q&A session. Committees for the four levies that will be on the ballot will be invited to provide literature, but will not be speaking. All candidates will be available to meet with attendees after the event.
Candidates invited include Stow Council-at-Large candidates: Brian D'Antonio, Larry Kinnan, John Pribonic, Mike Rasor, and Denise Tonelli; Stow Ward One Council: Matt Riehl; Ward Two: Jim Costello and write-in Joanne Gross; Ward Three: Brian Lowdermilk and Kelly Topppin; and Ward Four: Bob Adaska.
Also invited are Stow-Munroe Falls School Board candidates: Geraldine Bettio, David Egan, David Licate, Patricia Matthews, Bob Rainey, and Karen Wright; Stow Municipal Court Judge candidates: Kim Hoover and Kandi O'Connor; and Municipal Court Clerk candidates: Diana Colavecchio, Kevin Coughlin and Frank Larson.
If a candidate is unable to attend, he/she may send a representative who will be introduced but will not be permitted to speak. Members of the CNP Governmental Affairs Committee developed the questions the moderators will ask. The candidates will not have received the questions prior to Candidates' Night.