Debate Tonight: Anielski and Fossaceca Square Off At Solon High

Rep. Marlene Anielski and Anthony Fossaceca will debate the issues at Solon High School tonight.

Rep. Marlene Anielski and Anthony Fossaceca, candidates for the Sixth Ohio House District seat, will debate the issues tonight at Solon High School.

The debate is being hosted by the SHS Junior State of America Club. It's scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the high school Lecture Hall at 33600 Inwood Road, is free and open to the public.

Henry Gomez, Cleveland Plain Dealer political reporter, will serve as moderator. 

Solon High School’s Junior State of America (JSA) is hosting this debate as part of its mission to promote political awareness and education in a non-partisan fashion to members of the school and the community. 

In the past, Solon High School’s JSA has conducted voter registration drives, invited guest speakers, and hosted a 2009 Solon mayoral debate.

Eric October 05, 2012 at 12:13 PM
One of the local papers touted Foss' challenger, pointing out the 2 bills she sponsored in her first year. One is designating a month of awareness to a topic, the other was allowing for a website on which to allow cities to post their for sale property. The same paper went on to say their only knock on Foss was his inexperience. Did they forget his challenger was a former Mayor, and all she felt compelled to accomplish was those 2 bills?!?!? She had all the experience they could ask for and has squandered our time if those bills are what she has to show for her current term. I met Foss over a year ago when he came to my door and introduced himself. When he said he was running in the election a year from now, I knew this guy was serious and dedicated. Foss IS what so many current politicians aren't, dedicated, ready to serve his constituents and humble!
Bobbi Sommer October 05, 2012 at 03:08 PM
for a first term State Rep to get any bills passed unanimously is still an accomplishment..and she has several others in committee and waiting for votes. Mr. Fossaceca seems like a nice person, but Rep Anielski has been a strong advocate for our District and she does NOT vote party line. She has gotten bipartisan support in the past and will continue to do so. She also has walked door to door in the neighborhoods and communicates with all her constituents.
Colin October 05, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Having just moved to Solon, I met Rep. Anielski when she was going door-to-door through my neighborhood. By the end of the debate, it was clear that while Mr. Fossaceca is well-meaning, Rep. Anielski has the experience and ability to improve the 6th District. Mr. Fossaceca's criticisms of Representative Anielski demonstrated his inexperience. I recently spent three years working in a state legislature and know how the process works. Freshman legislators rarely get anything passed. That Rep. Anielski has already had two bills make it through - and has more on the way - speaks volumes of her hard work, dedication, and ability to actually get things done. It is imperative that our leaders do all they can to revive our economy and make our state a destination and not a punch line. Rep. Anielski made it clear that she understands the dynamic between government and business. Her experiences in the private and public sectors give her the necessary background to help the 6th District. Finally, Rep. Anielski demonstrated her ability to go against her own party (which is tough for freshmen to do). She voted against the Heartbeat Bill and she won't completely back fracking until we know more about its long-term consequences. Mr. Fossaceca didn't list one issue where he disagreed with the Democratic Party. Rep. Anielski's experience, willingness to listen to constituents over the party line, and quest for information make her the right choice for the 6th District.
Joe Bialek October 13, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Nov. 6 is a very important election for many reasons, however I would like to take this opportunity to explain one of the most important votes we cast is the one for our State of Ohio Representative. Before you vote, please take into consideration that the incumbent voted on bills that effectively increased our local taxes. For example her “yes” vote to reduce school funding 20 percent across the board stuck local taxpayers with the bill when in the March 2012 election we had to vote an increase in our school taxes. Another example is her “yes” vote on the budget bill that reduced the Local Government Fund for every community in Ohio. The direct result of that vote in Chagrin Falls is that Village Council is asking voters for more taxes on Nov. 6 so among other things they can fill potholes in the roads.
Joe Bialek October 13, 2012 at 08:30 PM
So you see, it very much matters who our representative is in the Statehouse, and it is a clear example of why all politics are local. The votes of the incumbent have directly affected all taxpayer’s in the district, and not for the better. It is very disheartening to have a state representative vote against the best interests of the people she directly represents. Her voting record along party lines indicates that she is a mostly a cookie-cutter representative who seems more comfortable shaking hands and handing out award certificates than she is in fighting for her district. I believe that these issues make a strong case for her to not be re-elected. Early by-mail voting is underway and begins in earnest Oct. 1. Whether you vote by mail or at the polls, please look down the ballot and watch for the name Anthony Fossaceca. Foss will bring a fresh, thoughtful and informed voice to the Statehouse. As a small business owner and dad, Foss is highly focused on small business and education. He offers an in-depth storehouse of creative and common sense approaches to many issues. His handshake is firm and with a strong work ethic in place is well prepared to be an outstanding state representative for our district. Our district deserves better and deserves to have Anthony Fossaceca represent us in Columbus. Please vote for Foss Nov. 6! Diana Nazelli Chagrin Falls


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