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FutureHeights co-hosted a debate among the two candidates vying to become the first directly elected Cleveland Heights mayor, Barbara Danforth and Kahlil Seren, on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 8:40 p.m.

The debate was moderated by  Sara Schiavoni, a professor in the department of political science at John Carroll University where she’s taught for 19 years. Her focus is on American Politics, specifically the federal courts, and regularly publishes about the federal judicial nomination/confirmation process. She sits on the Board of the Shaker Chapter of the League of Women Voters. She also works with the Ohio Innocence Project and through that relationship developed a class on Wrongful Convictions, which is one of her favorites to teach at JCU.  She is active in City government in her home city of Shaker Heights where she was previously a citizen representative on the Recreation Committee and currently sits on the city’s Safety and Public and Works committee.

Due to the pandemic, there was no live audience for the debate.

The public was invited to submit questions to heights@lwvgreatercleveland.org.

The event was videotaped and livestreamed. The video is available on the LWV YouTube Channel.

Click here to view the video of the event.

Many thanks to our co-hosts, the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and Heights Libraries.