The Institute for Politics and Public Life hosts a public forum for Cincinnati City Council election

The event at the Cintas Center on Wednesday, Sept. 30, features all 21 candidates for council | September 17, 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 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.

Candidates are stating their positions and answering questions of interest during the forum. Gene Beaupré, assistant director for the Institute for Politics and Public Life, is moderating the event, which is free and open to the public.

Neighborhood community councils submitted a list of five questions for candidates to answer via pre-taped interviews, which are being 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 is registering voters during the forum.

Founded at Xavier in 2008, the Institute for Politics and Public Life provides 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

The nonprofit Invest in Neighborhoods Inc. was 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