Candidates and Issues Forum to Be Held Outdoors on Sept. 21

After much education, consultation with local health and safety experts and community planning, Boardman Civic Association has announced that it will hold its 2020 Candidates and Issues Forum as an in-person, outdoor event.

As in years past, candidates and representatives for both political office and community issues will present information to assist voters in the upcoming election at this annual BCA event.

The forum will be held Monday, September 21 at 5:30 pm at Boardman Park’s Maag Amphitheater. Outdoor seating will be arranged for appropriate social distancing. Attendees are asked to consider bringing their own chairs.

An outdoor sound system will be used for guests to listen. Those who prefer to remain in their vehicles will be able to hear the proceedings on their radios via Boardman Park’s short-range FM transmitter — the same system used for Boardman Park’s Holiday Lights display.

In the event of rain, the Forum will be moved indoors to Boardman Park’s Community Center Rotary Room, and guests will be limited to speakers, BCA Board Members and a TV crew. The sound system and FM broadcast will still be available.

BSTN will videotape all speakers for later broadcast on their cable television network.

The dinner that is usually part of the Candidates and Issues Forum will not be held this year.


The following candidates’ races and issues will be highlighted at BCA’s 2020 Candidates and Issues Forum:

Candidates’ races

  • U.S. Congress 13th District
  • Ohio State Representative 59th District
  • Mahoning County Commissioner (Term 1/2/2021)
  • Mahoning County Commissioner (Term 1/3/2021)
  • Mahoning County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Mahoning County Probate Judge
  • Mahoning County Area Court Judge
  • Mahoning County Recorder
  • Mahoning County Coroner


  • Mahoning County Senior Citizen Services
  • Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Boardman Township Levies
  • Boardman Township Park District Levy
  • Boardman Local School District Levy

BCA Names New Officers, Sets Event Calendar for 2020

The Boardman Civic Association announces the organization’s newly elected officers for the upcoming year:

  • President – Tommy Testa
  • Vice President – Meg Harris
  • Secretary – Mark Luke
  • Treasurer – Jeff Barone


BCA has also set its 2020 calendar of events. Note that we have added a second Candidates and Issues Forum that will precede this year’s primary election.

Candidates and Issues Primary Forum

February 20 • Boardman Park Lariccia Center — The premier local election forum on ballot initiatives and candidates for local, county-wide and regional positions.

Community Awards Dinner

March 16 • Boardman Park Lariccia Center — A fun evening with a delicious dinner and awards presented for Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Community Service, New Construction and Best Remodel/Renovated Building.

Scholarship Awards Dinner

May 7 • Boardman Holiday Inn — An inspiring evening complete with dinner. Monetary scholarships are awarded to Boardman students attending local high schools.

Candidates and Issues Dinner

September 21 • Boardman Park Lariccia Center — The premier local election forum on ballot initiatives and candidates for local, county-wide and regional positions.

Business Mixer & Wine Taste

October 19 • Location TBD — A big hit in previous years, the BCA Business Mixer with Wine Taste proves you really can mix fun and business.


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