Do it tonight: Congressional Debate in Rosse

Tonight at 7:00 p.m., Republican incumbent Bob Gibbs and Democratic challenger Joyce Healy-Abrams will meet in Rosse Hall for the only face-to-face debate of the race for Ohio’s 7th District House seat. The event will be moderated by Tom Karako, director of the Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD), as well as Jack Torry, Washington Bureau Chief of The Columbus Dispatch and Managing Editor Samantha Scoles of The Mount Vernon News.

You can also get in on the action by submitting questions to CSAD that may be asked tonight. Post them on CSAD’s Facebook, tweet them with the hashtag #ohio7debate, or email them to Jalene Fox at If you want to see the debate tonight, make sure you get there early, because a full house is likely.

Gibbs is the incumbent representative for Kenyon, but the district he is currently running to represent is not the same as the one he’s represented since 2010 (when Gibbs defeated Democratic incumbent and Kenyon graduate Zack Space ’83). Due to redistricting, Kenyon’s new district, the 7th, now also includes Canton, where Healy-Abrams is from.

  • What: Ohio 7th District Congressional Debate, sponsored by CSAD
  • Where: Rosse Hall
  • When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7:00 p.m.