U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat, and Republican challenger Larry Kaczala will square off in a live televised debate at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Nitchske Auditorium on the University of Toledo campus.
The forum, which is sponsored by The Blade and WTVG-TV Channel 13, will be the only chance to see the two side-by-side before the Nov. 2 election. The debate will last 60 minutes and will be carried live on Channel 13. Tickets are available by contacting both campaigns or by contacting the county Republican or Democratic party headquarters.
Miss Kaptur, a 22-year incumbent looking for a 12th term in Washington representing Ohio's 9th Congressional District, faces what may be her toughest competition this year. Mr. Kaczala, Lucas County's auditor, has raised more than $200,000 for the campaign, much more than any candidate Miss Kaptur has faced in at least 20 years.
Miss Kaptur, who serves on the Appropriations Committee, has raised nearly $1 million for her re-election effort.
The debate will be moderated by WTVG news anchor Diane Larson. A panel of journalists, including Blade Washington Bureau Chief Ann McFeatters, Blade political writer Fritz Wenzel, and WTVG news anchor Lee Conklin, will ask questions of the candidates.
The public is invited to submit questions for the forum by logging on to The Blade's Web site at www.toledoblade.com or WTVG's Web site at www.13abc.com.
This is Miss Kaptur's second re-election campaign in a district that was changed by a Republican majority in the Ohio General Assembly. Fulton County and part of Wood County were moved to the 5th District, and her district was stretched eastward to include constituents in Erie, Ottawa, and Lorain counties.
Miss Kaptur has proven a formidable incumbent. Since 1984, she has not won less than 74 percent of the vote.