NEW PHILADELPHIA A nonpartisan Meet the Candidates night will take place at the Tuscarawas Branch of Kent State University on Monday, Feb. 13 in Founders Hall.

The host group, Tuscarawas County Patriots of Liberty has no association with a political party.

The spokesman, Victor Roth from Dover said, We feel that every registered voter has an obligation to vet the candidates who seeks public office. Today, many of our elections are being decided by the independents and not the two parties. Since our primary election will be early this year we felt a public event would allow all voters an opportunity to grasp where a candidates stand on issues that concern those they would represent and serve.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with candidates available for a short Meet and Greet session prior to the event start time of 7 p.m. The following certified candidates have been invited to the Monday night public event:

Representative to Congress District 7 Joyce R. Healy-Abrams (D); Bob Gibbs (R); and Hombre Liggett (R).

Representative to Congress District 6 Cas Adulewicz (D); Bill Johnson (R); Victor Smith (R); and Charlie Wison (D).

State Rep to 98th District Joshua E. OFarrell (D); and Al Landis (R).

Tuscarawas County Commissioner Belle Everett (D); and Shane N. Gunnoe (R).

Tuscarawas County Clerk of Courts Jeanne Stephen (D); and Jim Seldenright Jr.(R).

Tuscarawas County Sheriff Gerry Mroczkowski (R); and Walter R. Wilson (D).

The moderator will be Warren Edstrom from The Voices of America. At the beginning, Edstrom will read all the candidates biographies and then provide three minutes for an opening statement from each Candidate.

The public is invited to participate by providing questions for the candidates at the event. Two minutes will be allotted for answering each question. At the conclusion of the event, candidates will again be given the opportunity to speak one-on-one with attendees as they exit the hall.