To be considered for our forum, questions must be:
Relevant: does the question relate to the office? For example, a county commissioner has no control over the Affordable Care Act.
Clearly Stated: is the question presented in clear, easily understood language without any vagueness?
Concise: does the question omit unnecessary information and unimportant details?
Focused: does the question focus on one, specific question? Multiple-part questions are less likely to be asked.
Pertinent: will the question elicit responses that influence voters’ decisions?
Due to time constraints we cannot ask every question.
Preference will be given to subjects having public impact.
Regarding questions for judicial candidates:The Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct requires that judges and judicial candidates avoid responding to questions in a manner that may be reasonably construed as pledging, promising, or committing to adjudicating cases is a specific manner. This requirement is necessary to maintain impartiality of the judiciary and to prevent disqualifications from hearing future cases.We suggest that judicial questions focus on the judicial knowledge, personal character, and administrative skills required to perform the job effectively.