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CHIP scores with Candidates’ Night


Lorain’s Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues & Progress (CHIP) pulled off another successful Candidates’ Night in the Gould Auditorium, St. Joe Center last Oct. 15, 2008, beginning at 6:30PM. The debates were televised on Channel 19 & 20 by the Lorain City Schools and Lorain County Community College stations.


The annual or bi-annual event was well attended by most of the candidates running for office on the November 4, 2008 elections in Lorain County.


This year’s edition opened the door to young students from Southview High School's debate team “Model United Nations”—the idea came from the President of the Board of Education, Jim Smith. The young students were Alexis Fitzpatrick and Gabe Sneizak. In CHIP’s effort to get area youth involved in politics, ‘getting high school students to partake in the debate was very important,’ according to Smith.

Time was given to the two hottest local issues: Lorain’s license plate tax and the school’s operating levy. Many attendees remained after the event and remarked on the success and well-presented affair.

Southview High School student Alexis Fitzpatrick; David Potter, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress (Ohio-13th District); incumbent U.S. Congresswoman Betty Sutton (D-13th); CHIP Moderator David Arredondo; and CHIP Moderator Richard Romero.

“CHIP offers the Candidates Night as a public service to help keep the citizenry updated on local, regional, and national politics. A better-informed public can make a better choice in the coming elections. CHIP is adamant about getting the residents out to vote,” concluded Antonio Barrios of CHIP.


CHIP is a Latino-focused PAC, based in Lorain. Its president is Joel Arredondo. CHIP also hosts an annual Youth Leadership Conference every April at Lorain County Community College.


A meeting to create a Latino statewide PAC is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at the Fifth Third Bldg. in downtown Toledo. Call Sonia Troche for details at 419-244-8440. 


CHIP President Joel Arredondo

Lorain Mayor Tony Krasienko






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