MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio – There will be a debate and informational forum for the upcoming election at Farmers Bank in Pomeroy, Ohio.

In a cooperative effort with the Meigs County Tea Party and the Meigs Independent Press, a debate with candidates running on the Republican ticket for Meigs County Commissioner and Meigs County Common Pleas Judge along with information on issues on the ballot, however, primary focus will be on county-wide positions and issues. The event will be held May 2, 2018 with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the debate begins at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available during the event. Elected officials not running for office are welcome to attend the event and meet constituents.

Questions for the event may be submitted through email to Anyone submitting questions for the debate should label which position the question is directed. The deadline for questions is May 1, 2018 at 5 p.m.

“The purpose of the event is to have an informed electorate,” Meigs Independent Press owner, Carrie Gloeckner said, “The MIP works to remain neutral as all journalists and news media should. I had planned on having an event like this when Dan Lantz, president of the Meigs County Tea Party, contacted me. They were looking to hold a debate as well. We have combined resources to host an evening that I hope voters will take advantage of, learn from and enjoy. Voting is vital. We need to be tuned in to what is going on in the county and be a part of the process.”

Lantz added, “The Tea Party’s goal is to educate our citizens, as an informed citizenry is necessary to maintain a free Republic. Through this debate we hope to assist voters in making a more informed decision. It is each citizen’s civic responsibility to educate themselves and vote. Some have said that they have to vote for ‘the lesser of two evils.’ However, by voting in the primaries, they have the opportunity to select a candidate who aligns more closely to their values.”

For more information, call 740-416-3189 or email questions to