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Monday, May 24, 2021

City Club to Host Debate Among Democratic Candidates for District 11 Congressional Seat

Stephanie A. Jansky, Director of Programming, The City Club of Cleveland

City Club to Host Debate Among Democratic Candidates for District 11 Congressional Seat

In keeping with tradition, The City Club of Cleveland will host a primary debate among candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to represent Ohio’s 11th District. The debate, coordinated by the City Club’s Debate Committee, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be conducted online and livestreamed for free to the community. On Monday, May 24, all Democratic candidates received an invitation to participate.

For this debate, the City Club and the Debate Committee have implemented a series of criteria all candidates need to meet in order to participate in the debate.

Participation in the debate requires the candidate to:

1. be on the ballot;

2. have properly met all appropriate filing requirements of the Federal Elections Commission;

3. have at least three publicly available policy position statements on a campaign website, social media platform, blog or other digital platform;

4. agree to the debate rules set forth by the City Club and the Debate Committee.

The City Club Debate Committee, led by Bill Lavezzi, Jennifer Lumpkin, and Will Tarter, will ensure the candidates participating in the debate have met the above criteria. The 90-minute debate will feature questions posed from a moderator and community members. Community member questions will be solicited in advance. The City Club’s Debate Committee will select the questions to be included in the debate; committee members will strive to ensure those questions are fair, relevant, and related to important community concerns. The public can submit their questions in writing or video to Deadline for submission is June 18 at 12 p.m.

These changes represent new efforts by the City Club to foster substantive debates that help to inform voters. It is our intention to host a fair, robust debate that will provide all candidates with an opportunity to connect directly with voters.

If any candidate in this race has not received an invitation but believes they meet the criteria, they should email

We welcome your feedback and hope you can join us on June 22 for the virtual debate!

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