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Next Forum Thursday February 20 , 2020, 12:00 Noon, Focusing On Contested Races In The Upcoming March -Primary Races For Congress And County Commissioner


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The upcoming primary takes place on Tuesday March 17 and it features contested races for Hamilton County Commissioner and for Congress (The 1st District).  At the next Community Issues Forum, Alicia Reece, Kelli Prather, and Connie Pillich will make their case why they are running for a seat on the Hamilton County Commission, and Nikki Foster and Kate Schroder will inform attendees why they should be the Democratic candidate for Congress opposing Congressman Steve Chabot


Monday, March 30, 2020, 7 pm: National Speaker Program presents writer Denise Kiernan.“Grit and Grace: Feminist Inspiration from the Gilded Age to the Atomic Age”
For reduced tickets($30) call AIR, Inc. 513-381-4994.

An engaging speaker and TV/radio commentator, Kiernan offers an authoritative perspective on periods of American history that have shaped our country. Drawing on extensive research for her award-winning books and her articles, her presentation will outline the dramatically changed roles of women from the 1870s into modern times. Opportunity, innovation, patriotism, discrimination based on race and gender, wealth disparity, and the desire for a better world — all topics that are still timely today — will be part of her analysis.

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Past Forums

Forum Focuses on  the Race for Hamilton County Sheriff

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The upcoming primary takes place on Tuesday March 17th, and it features a number of contested races for office. At the next Community Issues Forum, Sheriff Jim Neil (invited) and Charmaine McGuffey will make their case why they are running for the office of Hamilton County Sheriff. In this contest for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Sheriff, Charmaine McGuffey is challenging the incumbent, Sheriff Jim Neil. TheHamilton County Democratic Party recently endorsed McGuffey in this primary race, which is a rare action when a Party’s incumbent is running for reelection. At the upcoming Forum Neil and McGuffey will explain their differences in running this office including the Hamilton County jail.  VIDEO PART II

Forum Focuses on   A Levy To Improve The Metro Bus System Is On The March Ballot – Why Is It Needed?.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

On March 17th, voters will determine the fate of a proposed transit levy designed to improve Metro Bus services in Cincinnati and Hamilton County. At the next Community Issues Forum, Pete Metz, Manager of Transportation Initiatives for the Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce, will make the case for why this levy is so badly needed. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday January 23rd, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.   Video Part II

Forum Focuses on   Issues Confronting Hamilton County And Cincinnati City Governments In 2020

What are the important issues confronting City Council and the Hamilton County Commission in 2020 and beyond? At the first Community Issues Forum of 2020, Councilman David Mann and County Commissioner Denise Driehaus   address this question as well as assessing how they sees local government’s role in future developments and plans for the city and county. This luncheon presentation took place at 12:00 noon, Thursday January 9th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.

Forum Focuses on   Sanctuary Communities – A New Book That Will Have Its First Public Airing

Thursday, December 5, 2019

A timely book will be released on December 5th by the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center. At the next Community Issues Forum the author, David Tynes and Brennan Grayson   provide the first public airing of their  book, Sanctuary Communities.  This book examines the role of providing “sanctuary” in this current climate of deporting any person who cannot prove their legal status for living in this country VIDEO PART II