Cincinnati City Council Candidate Forum

September 11, 2009


The Xavier University Institute for Politics and Public Life is teaming up with Invest in Neighborhoods Inc. to conduct a Cincinnati City Council candidate forum on behalf of community councils on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7:00 p.m., in the Cintas Center on the Xavier University campus. All 21 candidates for both the council and the mayor’s office are expected to attend. This event is free and open to the public.
Candidates will state their positions and answer questions of neighborhood interest. Gene Beaupré, assistant director for the Institute for Politics and Public Life, will moderate. 
Community councils submitted a list of five questions ahead of time for candidates to answer via pre-taped interviews, which will be played at the forum before transitioning to a live question-and-answer session.
“These videotaped interviews are the first time that all the candidates have had to answer the same questions in exactly the same way,” says Rick Dieringer, executive director for Invest in Neighborhoods Inc. “They won’t be able to feed off of one another, so it will be like comparing apples to apples.” The Board of Elections will be on hand to register voters.
The Institute for Politics and Public Life aims to provide leadership in national discussions of politics and public policy in an academic setting. The Institute also serves as a center for researching crucial matters of public policy and governance, and disseminating its findings to the public. To learn more visit
Invest in Neighborhoods Inc. is a nonprofit organization created in 1982 to promote and assist the 51 community councils that represent the neighborhoods of Cincinnati. Their mission is to assist the councils with financial resources and to promote self-sufficiency and leadership skills of the councils and their residents. For more information visit