MEDIA ADVISORY: 2016 Candidates Forum on Children & Youth

October 14, 2016
Nationwide Children’s Hospital will host the 2016 Candidates Forum on Children and Youth 
Monday, October 17, 2016
Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., program begins at 8 a.m.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Ann Isaly Wolfe Education Building, Stecker Auditorium
575 S. 18th St., Columbus 43205
Come hear candidates share their views on issues such as children’s health, education and at-risk youth. Participants will include those running for election within Franklin County in November. Candidates scheduled to attend include candidates the United States Congressional Districts, the Ohio Senate, the Ohio House of Representatives, and Franklin County Board of Commissioners. Forum sponsors are CareSource,, Voices for Ohio’s Children, and Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Members of the media can park in the Visitor’s Garage located at 555 S. 18th Street near the Outpatient Care Center at Nationwide Children’s. You will be given a voucher to exit the garage.
Gina Bericchia, Marketing & PR, office (614) 355-0487, mobile (330) 206-6766
Candidates’ Forum 2016 RSVP List 
The following individuals have RSVP’d “yes” to attending on October 17:
  • Ms. Joyce Beatty – U.S. House District 3
  • Mr. Ed Albertson – U.S. House District 12
  • Mr. Steve Stivers – U.S. House District 15
  • Ms. Stephanie Kunze – Ohio Senate District 16
  • Ms. Cathy Johnson – Ohio Senate District 16
  • Mr. John Rush – Ohio House District 17
  • Ms. Kristin Boggs – Ohio House District 18
  • Mr. David Todd – Ohio House District 18
  • Mr. Michael Johnston – Ohio House District 19
  • Ms. Lisa Schacht – Ohio House District 20
  • Mr. Mike Duffey – Ohio House District 21
  • Mr. David Leland – Ohio House District 22
  • Mr. Lee Schreiner – Ohio House District 23
  • Mr. Jim Hughes – Ohio House District 24
  • Mr. Kristopher Keller – Ohio House District 24
  • Ms. Bernadine Kennedy Kent – Ohio House District 25
  • Mr. Hearcel Craig – Ohio House District 26
  • Mr. John O’Grady – County Commissioner
  • Ms. Whitney Smith – County Commissioner
  • Mr. Kevin Boyce – County Commissioner
  • Mr. Terry Boyd – County Commissioner
Run of Show with each panel taking approximately 20 minutes: 
Panel 1 - Candidates for United States Congressional Districts 3, 12 and 15
Panel 2- Candidates for Ohio Senate District 16 and Ohio House District 17
Panel 3- Candidates for Ohio House of Representatives Districts 18 and 19
Panel 4- Candidates for Ohio House of Representative Districts 20, 21, 22, and 23 
Panel 5- Candidates for Ohio House of Representative District 24, 25, and 26
Panel 6- Candidates for County Commissioner 

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at