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Candidate forum allows voters to get informed (Audio & video included)

A "Meet the Candidates" event was held at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Wednesday.

The event was sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and allowed voters to listen to each of the candidates’ views.

Local AAUW President Carol Hartley explains the event.

State Senator Keith Faber addressed voters and is seeking reelection for the Ohio Senate 12th District. He has served in the Ohio legislator for 11 years including eight in the Senate and three in the House of Representatives. He stated that over the past 18 months the state legislator has created a private sector environment that has created 123,000 new jobs in Ohio and he aims to continue that work.

A forum was held between 83rd District Ohio House of Representatives candidates John Kostyo and incumbent Robert Sprague. The 83rd District includes northern Logan County (Rushcreek, Bokescreek, and Richland Townships), Hardin County, and Hancock County.

Robert Sprague wants to encourage businesses to stay and operate in Ohio. He supports a voucher for private school and wants to help with the school funding problem. He also supports alternative energy.

John Kostyo is running because he believes education is the key to good quality jobs. He does not support vouchers for private school. He is a supporter of alternative energy. Kostyo has been an attorney for over 30 years.

Logan County Family Court Judge Candidates Bridget Hawkins and Dan Bratka participated in a forum (pictured).

Hawkins and Bratka both believe that a low budget for the court has affected the system. Hawkins feels juveniles are inadequately represented in court and need to be better informed of their rights. Bratka noted that the Logan County JDC has a limited amount of space affecting sentencing and sentence length.

The topic of double-dipping was discussed. Double-dipping is when a public employee retires and is hired back later to the same position. Bratka admitted he has double-dipped but explained he did it to save the county money. Hawkins feels it is unfair by not giving others the opportunity to gain experience in the court system.

Hawkins discusses her message to voters.

Bratka shares his message to voters.

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Watch Hawkins and Bratka field a question on the length of the court process.

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Watch Bratka and Hawkins speak about double-dipping.

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