Westlake LWV schedules ways to meet city council, school board candidates
“Voting month” (Oct. 4-Nov. 2) is almost here and the Westlake/North Olmsted chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland has planned several ways for voters to obtain information about the candidates for Westlake elective offices.
The first is an “in person” program Saturday, Sept. 25, 2-4 p.m., at Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, where attendees can mingle for informal conversations with the candidates. All candidates for Mayor, President of Council, Council Member, Law Director and Board of Education have been invited to participate. This event will take place in the Library Courtyard, but attendees must wear masks in order to enter the library.
The only contested race in Westlake for the Nov. 2 election is for the City Council representatives of Wards 2 and 4. A candidate forum via Zoom featuring the four contenders will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. The Zoom webinar format has been selected to address COVID concerns and to broaden voters’ choices for learning about the candidates.
Advance registration is needed to participate in the Oct. 12 candidate forum. Go to bit.ly/LWV_westlakecouncil2-4 to register. Those attending the Zoom session will be able to submit questions for the candidates using the chat feature. The video of this event (and all other LWV candidate webinars) will be available afterward on the League’s YouTube channel which can be selected at LWVGreaterCleveland.org.
An additional way to obtain information about this year’s candidates is the League’s national VOTE411 website. Those candidates who have chosen to participate have provided biographical information and answers to pertinent questions. The VOTE411.org website is available 24/7 until the polls close on Nov. 2.
Oct. 4 is the deadline for registering to vote in November and for changing one’s address. Requests for mail-in ballots can be submitted to the Board of Elections at any time until Saturday, Oct. 30. For details about these procedures and to learn about early voting times and places, see the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website, boe.cuyahogacounty.gov.
Member, Westlake/North Olmsted Chapter, League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland