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8th Congressional District debate at Miami-Hamilton this week: How to go

Miami University Regionals and the Journal-News will host the 8th Congressional District debate this week in Hamilton.

The representative to the 8th Congressional District will represent all of Butler, Clark, Darke, Miami and Preble counties, and the southernmost portion of Mercer County. 

Here’s what you need to know if you go:

WHAT: Fall 2018 Civic Debate Series

Miami University and the Journal-News have partnered to present the Fall 2018 Civic Debate Series featuring Republican and Democratic nominees. 

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“We feel it is our responsibility to provide opportunities for our students and local citizens to learn about and hear directly from their candidates,” said Sarah Woiteshek Pietzuch, debate series coordinator. “As with our prior debates, we will cover a range of issues that matter to our region.” 

WHO: Congressman Warren Davidson and challenger Vanessa Enoch

Warren Davidson is seeking re-election to the 8th Congressional District seat he's held since June 2016. NICK GRAHAM/FILE (2016) (Nick Graham)

Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, the incumbent congressman for the 8th Congressional District. He is seeking re-election to a second full term in Washington, D.C.

Vanessa Enoch is seeking election to the 8th Congressional District seat. (Michael D. Pitman)

Vanessa Enoch, a Democrat from West Chester Twp., hopes to ride the so-called Blue Wave and be the first woman to be elected to the district since it was reformed in the early 1970s.

WHERE: Miami University Regionals in Hamilton

The Republican and Democratic nominees for the 8th Congressional District seat is set to begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center at Miami University Regionals’ Hamilton campus, 1601 University Boulevard.

WHY: Here’s why they are seeking election

Davidson: “I love this country with a soldier’s passion and I want to help re-establish principles that built it. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made, including historic tax reform. I will continue to work hard and provide results for the families and taxpayers of Ohio’s 8th district. President Trump changed the status quo in Washington, and it's time Congress does the same.”

Enoch: “I am fed up with wealthy Washington bureaucrats ignoring the voices of the American populace. I believe that Americans deserve elected officials who actually care about the people they are elected to serve. Like many Americans, I have watched in frustration as Congress has created policies that take hard-earned dollars from hardworking citizens, and line the pockets of the very rich.”

VOTER GUIDE:

Read more about Davidson and Enoch in our Voter Guide by clicking here.

Learn more about other races and issues in our Voter Guide by clicking here

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