To foster fair and substantive debates that encourage participation in our democracy.
A stronger Ohio, with well-informed voters and highly qualified public servants, candidates, and elected officials.
Why We Formed
After many electoral cycles spent working with campaigns and political parties to organize debates, stakeholders, and civic groups from across Ohio noticed a glaring need: when it comes to debates, there is no agreed upon authority, no shared sense of what best practices are, and no clear idea as to what debates ought to look like or strive to accomplish. In practice, this lack of accountability leaves organizations unprepared for the responsibility and unfamiliar with the work of presenting high quality political debates.
Given these factors, a group of civic and media organizations joined with colleges and universities to form the Ohio Debate Commission, whose goal is to convene debates of the highest quality for the highest offices in Ohio. We believe that well-managed debates play a critical role in informing citizens about the issues and candidates on the ballot. We also believe that debates ought to be worthy of the sacrifice public service and candidacy represents. With this effort, the Commission aims to mobilize an informed and empowered electorate and honor the work of those who step up to run for office.
91.7 WVXU Cincinnati
Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com
Akron Press Club
The Blade, Toledo
Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
The City Club of Cleveland
The Columbus Dispatch
Columbus Metropolitan Club
Dayton Daily News
The Enquirer-Part of the USA Today Network
The George Gund Foundation
Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists
Hannah News Service, Inc.
John Glenn College of Public Affairs
League of Women Voters of Ohio
NBC4 / WCMH Media Group
Ohio Association of Broadcasters
Ohio News Media Association
Ohio News Media Foundation
Ohio University Political Communication Certificate Program
Paul Beck, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University
The Plain Dealer
The Press Club of Cleveland
Spectrum News (Charter Communications)
Statehouse News Bureau, Ohio Public Radio and TV
WKYC-TV, Channel 3
WOSU Public Media
Your Voice Ohio