Jefferson County residents had the opportunity Oct. 11, 2012, to meet candidates for county, state and national offices and hear firsthand what their views were on topics of concern to our area.
With that in mind, local voters turned out at Eastern Gateway Community College when the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce conducted its political forum.
Due to technical limitations, the event was not streamed live as expected. Video segments of the debate will appear this weekend and early next week.
Participating in the forum, which was held in the college's lecture hall, were incumbent Jefferson County Commissioner David C. Maple Jr. and his challenger, Robert Steve Vukelic; incumbent commissioner Thomas G. Gentile and his challenger, Craig "Billy" Petrella II; U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and his Democratic challenger in Ohio's 6th Congressional District, former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson; and current state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, and his Republican challenger in Ohio's 30th State Senate District, Shane Thompson.