FullSizeRenderIf you live or work or spend time in Columbus you won’t want to miss the televised Mayoral 2015 Debate that AARP Ohio is sponsoring with ABC 6 in Columbus at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18.

Tune in to WSYX – that’s ABC 6 in Columbus – at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, to hear all four candidates answer questions and tell you why each deserves to be the next mayor of Ohio’s Capital City. While the debate is taking place in the auditorium at the Columbus of Art, you can watch it live on television or streaming online.

We’ll also be live tweeting during the debate using #YourVoiceYourFuture and encourge you to tweet along with us if you are on Twitter.

The candidates:

Terry A. Boyd Ph.D. was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his under-graduate degree from Defiance College, earned his Master’s and Doctorate from The Ohio State University, and completed his MBA at Lake Erie College. Dr. Boyd’s passion for public service began while serving in the Administration of former Columbus City Mayor, Dana G. “Buck” Rinehart. His commitment to improving the lives of Columbus residents lead him to Franklin University in 1996 and later compelled him to bring his academic experience to the Columbus Board of Education where he served for 5 years, with the last 3 years serving as its President. Today, Dr. Boyd endeavors to be the next Mayor of the City of Columbus so that he can utilize the experience gained during his tenure at City Hall to implement programs and policies designed to strengthen our neighborhoods and the surrounding communities. He is the proud father of two and currently resides in the City of Columbus with his wife, Shirley

As president of Columbus City Council, Andrew Ginther is working with community leaders to promote opportunities for every person in every neighborhood. A strong, independent leader, Andrew is leading the fight against infant mortality, while making an unprecedented investment in early childhood education. Working with Mayor Coleman, Andrew is helping turn Columbus into the jobs center of the Midwest. He’s also hiring and training more police and firefighters to keep us safe. Andrew is endorsed by Mayor Coleman and the Franklin County Democratic Party. A Vice President with the Children’s Hunger Alliance, Andrew lives in Clintonville with his wife, Shannon, and his young daughter

James Ragland is a proud husband, father, educational leader, community volunteer, former Parent Teachers Association President, Deacon in his Church and an alumnus of Bowling Green State University. Ragland worked at the Millennium Community School and W.C. Cupe Family of Schools, where he has been able to touch the lives of at risk children.
Following this achievement, James joined the legislative staff of Columbus City Councilmember Charleta B. Tavares. Ragland is the former Development Director for Cristo Rey Columbus High School, a private, Catholic school where he led a team that raised over $3 million in gifts and pledges since the school’s founding. He is also a key member of the team that led a $20 million acquisition and renovation project of the 115 year old Ohio School for the Deaf to serve as the permanent home of Cristo Rey Columbus.

Sheriff Zach Scott has been protecting Columbus families for over three decades throughout a distinguished law enforcement career that includes service as a Deputy Sheriff, SWAT Officer, Homicide Detective, Sergeant, and Community Relations Officer.  Sheriff Scott has been awarded the Purple Heart and Medal of Valor.  As our elected Franklin County Sheriff, he manages the largest Sheriff’s Office in the state, leading a team of over 1,000 employees and overseeing an annual budget of $125 Million.  Sheriff Zach Scott believes that safer neighborhoods and opportunity for all will move Columbus forward.  For more information, please visit ScottForColumbus.com.