MOUNT VERNON — Although it won’t happen during Thursday’s Mount Vernon News political debate, voters in the U.S. House 7th District will have an opportunity to see the two candidates — Bob Gibbs, R, and Ken Harbaugh, D — square off.
Jake Altman, campaign manager for Gibbs for Congress, told the News Tuesday Gibbs has accepted an invitation from Ashland University to debate Democratic challenger Ken Harbaugh.
“I’m looking forward to a fairly and honestly moderated debate of the issues that matter to the people of Ohio’s Seventh District,” said Congressman Gibbs. “After eight years of a sluggish economy, we’re seeing bigger paychecks, more Ohioans working and real optimism in the future of our nation. We’ve produced results for the American people while Democrats are “resisting” prosperity and security.”
The News has confirmed with Steve Hannan, director of the Ashland University Office of Public Relations, a debate is being organized by the university’s Democrat and Republican groups. No details, however, are available as of yet regarding date, ticket availability, etc.
“We are glad to hear that, after nearly six months of silence, Rep. Gibbs finally followed Ken’s lead and agreed to one of the many debates that were requested by voters of the OH-7,” said Harbaugh’s communications director Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh. “It is our hope that Gibbs will also agree that this debate be open to the public and open to the press. Ohioans deserve a chance to compare the two candidates side-by-side and make an informed decision on Nov. 6.”