Candidate Mixer at AIA Eastern Ohio 2012-10-25
On Thursday, October 25, AIA Eastern Ohio jointly sponsored a Candidates Mixer in association with the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. The event, which focused on the issues of the design and construction industries, provided candidates an opportunity to address members during the open forum and to meet members during the two hour social event. Funded jointly by AIA Eastern Ohio along with an Advocacy Grant from AIA Ohio, this grassroots candidate event was developed to promote member involvement in the political process.
The event attracted six candidates from state, local and national offices, who had the an opportunity to present their positions on the economy, employment and labor. State Senators Shiavone and Cafaro, along with Representatives O'Brien and Letson from the Ohio House provided members with an overview of the current concerns of the Ohio General Assembly. Focusing on concerns at the national level, Congressional candidate Dr. Marisha Agana focused on the economy and abilities of the federal government to meet citizens needs. At the local level, incumbent Dan Polivka, a Trumbull County Commissioner, reported on progress made county wide by the current Board of Commissioners.
The casual open forum provided an opportunity for both candidates and members to discuss important issues on a one-on-one basis. For the nearly 70 members in attendance, this event provided members with an unique opportunity to both learn and become involved in the political process.