The outcome in November of statewide elections will have far-reaching impact for years into the future. The state's economy, tax rates, public education funding, environmental budgets, roads, safety services and most all government services will be framed for the future by the leaders Ohioans elect this fall.
Debates have become crucial to that election process, and we're pleased the candidates see it that way.
We're also pleased to be partnering again with Serving Our Seniors and BGSU Firelands College for debates at the Huron campus with candidates for statewide office.
Democrats Ed FitzGerald and David Pepper, candidates for governor and attorney general, respectively, already have accepted the Register's invitation to debate at the BGSU Firelands campus this fall.
Attorney General Mike DeWine, the former U.S. senator from Ohio seeking his second term as the state's top law enforcement official, also has agreed to an October debate date pending scheduling.
Gov. John Kasich has indicated he will debate FitzGerald, and he is still reviewing the Register's invitation.
The Register's "Decision 2014" election coverage will includes other local debates live at sanduskyregister.com
and available later for demand viewing at the online, interactive election guide.
We appreciate the willingness that's been shown by candidates to put their ideas in front of voters, which is the crucial role of a campaign.
We also appreciate the viewers and readers who return to the Register to get the information they want before voting.
Our region is the very heart of the Heartland, and the debates in Huron, and across our communities, serve the American process and expand opportunities for a more robust dialogue on the issues that affect all of us.