Road to Reform

Road to Reform

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Hosts: Dick Feagler, ideastream®; Tom Beres, reporter, WKYC.

Panel—Mark Naymik, politics reporter, The Plain Dealer; Laura Johnston, reporter, The Plain Dealer; Jason Johnson, professor of political science, Hiram College.

Tonight, WVIZ/PBS ideastream joins forces with The Plain Dealer and WKYC to present Road to Reform, analysis and discussion of two ballot initiatives aimed at remaking the government of Cuyahoga County. Issue 5 calls for creation of a charter commission whose mission will be to draft a charter form of government and present it to the voters by the end of next year. Issue 6 proposes replacing the county commissioners and most county officers with an elected county executive, an 11-member council and officers to be appointed by the executive. Voters will also choose a charter commission from an alphabetical list of 29 candidates.

Road to Reform panelists will discuss the genesis of Issues 5 and 6 and describe what happens after November 3rd if either, both or neither pass. They’ll also have a look at the eleven geographical districts passage of Issue 6 would create. And they’ll discuss how similar reforms have worked elsewhere in the United States. It’s our hope the program will provide you with the facts you need to make an informed decision.

The program airs Friday, October 23rd at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 25th at 11:30 a.m. It will also air on WKYC at 10:00 a.m. Sunday.

The program will be followed up by a web-only chat with the same panel of experts answering your questions Tuesday, October 27th from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join the chat through links that will appear on the WVIZ/PBS home page and at

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