Kent – You can look the county candidates in the eye and ask your questions at the Face2Face Candidate Forum scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13, in Kent.

An added bonus—voters will be able to take the new voting machines for a test drive.

The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kent, the League of Women Voters of Northern Portage, Portage County NAACP, Kent Environmental Council and Kent Lions.

The forum will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  at the United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent. It is free and open to the public.

“The face-to-face format has been well received,” said Iris Meltzer, president of the Kent League. “Voters like the chance to ask their own questions and also hear what other community members want to know. By the end of the forum, each attendee has the chance to interact with all of the candidates.”

Voters talk with candidates at round tables for a specified amount of time. Each table has a moderator from the League who makes sure there are a variety of questions asked. Candidates move from table to table.

The Kent League has invited all of the candidates in the county races: State Senator, 18th District; State Representative, 75th District; Portage County Commissioner (two contested races);

Portage County Recorder; Portage County Sheriff, Portage County Prosecuting Attorney;  Portage County Court of Common Pleas, General; Portage County Common Pleas, Domestic Relations; Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas; Portage County Treasurer;  Portage County Engineer; and Portage County Coroner.

Staff from the Portage County Board of Elections will be on hand to demonstrate the new voting machines from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Campaign committees for issues on the March 15 ballot will have materials available.