Middletown City Council Candidates Forum scheduled for today


September 23 – Candidates for Middletown City Council will answer questions this week in one of the region’s premier political forums for the November general election.

Five people are running for one of two vacant Middletown City Council seats, and only one candidate is running for re-election. The Middletown Chapter of the NAACP is hosting the forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Robert “Sonny” Hill Jr. Community Center, 800 Lafayette Ave.

Celeste Davis, president of the NAACP Middletown, said it was an important race for the city because “there are five candidates vying … for just two seats”.

Security protocols will be in place for this in-person event, saying events are “different in this environment,” Davis said. Masks will be mandatory to attend the forum, and temperatures will be taken at the door. She said they won’t ask for vaccination cards, but capacity is limited to around 100 people to account for social distancing.

Middletown Councilmember Joe Mulligan is seeking re-election for a third term (second in a row). Fourth-generation Middletownian Councilor Ami Vitori has decided not to run for a second term.

Other candidates for election to Middletown City Council are Jennifer Carter, Zachary Ferrell, Julia Lewis-Smith and former Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw.

Davis said Thursday’s forum is the only one hosted by the Middletown NAACP to date, but added that this could change and that he was “more than happy” to partner with an organization or a community group to present additional opportunities to learn more about local applicants.

“We are not opposed to the creation of additional candidate forums,” she said. “He’s probably, right now, the only one who’ll likely be face to face.”

Davis said the two unopposed candidates for the Middletown City School Board, and any other candidate from the area at the local office, can attend the NAACP online meeting in Middletown on October 16 as some of its members reside in the neighboring communities of the city.

Those planning to submit questions to be presented to candidates by Moderator Gannett’s Kevin Aldridge are expected to arrive around 5:30 p.m. at the community center.

After Thursday, Middletown City Council candidates will be at the October 7 forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton in the Middletown Council Chamber. Lenny Robinson will be moderator at the October forum.

HOW TO GET THERE

What: Middletown City Council Candidates Forum

Where: Robert “Sonny” Hill Jr. Community Center, 800 Lafayette Ave.

When: Thursday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (arrive 5:30 p.m. if you plan to submit questions to candidates)

In addition: Masks will be compulsory and temperatures will be taken. The forum hosted by the Middletown Chapter of the NAACP.

CALENDAR OF ELECTIONS

October 4: Last day to register to vote for the November 2 election (which can be done online)

October 5: early in-person and postal voting begins

October 30: Last day to request that postal ballot candidates be mailed for the November general election. All requests for postal ballots must be received by noon.

November 1: last day for advance voting at the Butler County Electoral Board (2 p.m., early voting at the office closes)

November 2: polling day, polling stations are open from 6.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Source: Butler County Board of Elections, Ohio Secretary of State

MIDDLETOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES

There are five people seeking election for one of two open seats on Middletown City Council in November. They include: – Jennifer Carter – Zachary Ferrell – Julia Lewis-Smith – Joe Mulligan – – Rodney Muterspaw – designates the incumbent


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