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UD to Host First Ohio Gubernatorial Debate

The University of Dayton will sponsor and host and Cox Media Group Ohio will present the first gubernatorial debate between Republican nominee Mike DeWine and Democratic nominee Richard Cordray at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Daniel J. Curran Place on the University of Dayton River Campus.

"The University is honored to be selected to provide a venue for civil discourse about issues facing our state and excited about the opportunity to showcase the University of Dayton statewide," University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina said. "We warmly welcome these distinguished candidates for governor to our campus and are looking forward to hosting this historic event with Cox Media Group Ohio, our presenting media partner."

The nearly 1-hour debate will be available to air on TV and radio stations statewide and Cox Media Group Ohio online and social media platforms,, and Facebook live on the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio Facebook pages. Check your local listings for the stations in your area broadcasting the debate.

*Media requesting credentials for the event should email media relations to receive the request form.

“It is an important part of Cox Media Group’s commitment to community service to inform voters before they go to the polls in this fall’s election and vote for a new governor. We are proud to partner with the University of Dayton to broadcast this first gubernatorial debate and will provide this coverage to other media outlets throughout the state who share our mission to support an informed democratic process,” said Rob Rohr, market vice president Cox Media Group Ohio.

Debate moderators and panelists will be announced at a later date.

The event is invitation-only and no public tickets will be available.

This will be the first of three debates between the candidates. They will debate again Oct. 1 at Marietta College and Oct. 8 at Cleveland State University.


News and Communications Staff