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                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 20, 2012, 12:00


 FEBRUARY 22, 2012, 6:30-8:30PM

CONTACT:           David Arredondo, 440-315-7812

The Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues and Progress (CHIP) is proud release the details of its semi-annual Candidates’ Forum and Roundtable, Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 6:30-8:30pm, at St Joseph Community Center, Gould Auditorium, 201 W. 21st Street, Lorain, 44052. Only candidates with primary election opposition are invited to participate. This year makes the 12th year that CHIP hosts this event, beginning it in the fall of 2001.

David Arredondo and Mary Santiago serve as Co-Chairmen of the CHIP Political Action Committee and Moderators for the Forum and Roundtable. The will be joined by CHIP member Antonio Barrios and members of the Lorain High School Model UN Club. Possible questions for the Round Table candidates will be given to them upon their arrival to the event.

Over the years the Candidate Forum has evolved into the foremost candidate event in Lorain County. The event is unique in many ways, beginning with the fact that it is videotaped by Mr. Joe Bock of Lorain City Schools District and broadcast over the Lorain County Community College cable TV channel throughout Lorain County, giving the candidates maximum free exposure. For many candidates, it is the first chance that voters get to put together a name with a face. Some candidates feel that their appearance in the program was the reason for their election to office. In October 2010, the CHIP Candidate Forum was the only venue that hosted a debate between Congressman Betty Sutton and her opponent, Tom Ganley. In addition, WEOL radio 930AM tapes the proceedings for future broadcast prior to Election Day.

The Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues and Progress was founded in 1984 as a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the advancement and well-being of the Lorain County Hispanic community. Membership is open to all.

The Candidate Forum is performed as a service which CHIP provides to the entire Lorain County community, not just the Latino community. The public is invited to attend the Forum & Roundtable on February 22, 2012.

Enclosed are the agenda and the details for the Forum and Roundtable.  



WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2012

ST. JOSEPH COMMUNITY CENTER, 201 W. 21st St, Lorain, 44052

LORAIN, OH 44052



The Coalition of Hispanic/Latino Issues and Progress (CHIP) invites all Lorain County contested primary election candidates to attend and participate in this annual forum and Roundtable. Lorain City Schools will tape the event and along with Lorain County Community College, will broadcast the event on their respective networks one week prior to the primary.  The Forum will be moderated by Mr. David Arredondo and Ms. Mary Santiago, co-chairs of the CHIP Political Action Committee and CHIP member Antonio Barrios. They will be joined by members of the Lorain High School Model UN Club.

The Roundtable candidates will each have 2 minutes for an opening statement. Next, they will be asked 2-3 questions by the moderators and have one minute answers. They will conclude with a 1 minute statement. The candidates will receive a list of possible questions upon arrival the evening of the Forum.  

The presidential candidate representatives and judicial candidates will have 2 minutes to speak about themselves and their candidacy. They will NOT be asked any questions. Here is the final schedule.


6:30-6:35              Welcome                                                                                                    Joel Arredondo, CHIP President 


 6:35-6:50             Republican Presidential Candidate Representatives:                   Rick Santorum, (Jennifer Wasilk)

Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, (Jim Strang), Mitt Romney, (Alex Melendez) (R)                Antonio Barrios, Moderator


 6:50-7:05             Domestic Relations Judge, Court of Common Pleas:                    Paulette Lilly, Mary Louise Tobin, Frank Janik, Joel Fritz, Michael Tony (D)                                                                        Antonio Barrios, Moderator


7:05-7:10              Domestic Relations Judge, Court of Common Pleas:                            Lisa Swenski, David Berta(D)                                                                                                                                                       Antonio Barrios, Moderator


7:10-7:15              Judge Court of Common Pleas:                                                              John Miraldi, Chris Cook (D)

                                                                                                                                                              Mary Santiago, Moderator




7:15-7:25              U.S. Congress, 7th District:                                                                      Hombre Liggett, Bob Gibbs (R)

                                                                                                                                                              Mary Santiago, Moderator

7:25-7:35              U.S. Congress, 9th District:                                                   Samuel Wurtzelbacher, Steven Kraus (R)

                                                                                                                                                              Mary Santiago, Moderator

7:35-7:55              U.S. Congress, 9th District:                                 Dennis Kucinich, Marcy Kaptur, Graham Vesey (D)                                                                                                                                                   David Arredondo, Moderator


7:55-8:10              Lorain County Commissioner:                       Richard Reszendez, William Grace, Lori Kokoski (D)                                                                                                                                            David Arredondo, Moderator


8:10-8:20              Lorain County Commissioner:                                                                   Berry Taylor, Ted Kalo (D)                       

                                                                                                                                             David Arredondo, Moderator

8:20                        Issue 15, Lorain County JVS


8:25                        Closing Statement                                                                                                                   Joel Arredondo

Promueve la diversidad dentro de nuestra propia comunidad hispana en cualquier lugar de EE.UU. / Promote diversity even among our own Hispanic Community anywhere in the USA.
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