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Candidates delivering 'soapbox' speeches at Ohio State Fair

By RANDY LUDLOW • Jul 27, 2018 at 9:00 PM

COLUMBUS (TNS) — Some old-fashioned politickin’ will be featured Saturday amid the fair food and farm animals at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

Both candidates for governor and other office seekers will deliver “soapbox” speeches from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the south end of Cardinal Hall on the north side of the fairgrounds.

The event, a partnership of the Ohio State Fair, Gannett's USA Today Network Ohio and the Ohio News Media Association, is modeled after the Iowa State Fair tradition of granting political candidates a soapbox from which to speak to fairgoers.

Here's the lineup:

• 12:30 p.m., U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

• 1 p.m., Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Republican candidate for governor.

• 3 p.m. Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor, Democratic candidate for Congress in the 12th congressional district.

• 4 p.m. Richard Cordray, Democratic candidate for governor.

• 5 p.m. Steve Dettelbach, Democratic candidate for attorney general.

While Cordray and DeWine are both speaking, the other candidates’ opponents were invited to speak, but could not attend.

“We really appreciate that the fair brought this cool idea to us, and the USA Today Network Ohio is a great partner for the program,” said Dennis Hetzel, president of the Ohio News Media Association. “Voters across Ohio will be able to hear from these candidates in person, through live streaming or with follow-up coverage.”




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