Mansfield mayoral debate 2019

Republican incumbent Tim Theaker (left) and Democratic challenge Don Bryant will answer questions about their plans for the city's future during a 90-minute discussion on Oct. 17 at The Renaissance Theatre.

MANSFIELD -- Panelists with almost 150 years of combined local journalism experience will pose questions to candidates during the Mansfield Mayoral Debate at the Renaissance Theatre.

The city's mayoral candidates -- Republican Tim Theaker and Democrat Don Bryant -- will participate in a "live CEO job interview" on the stage of The Ren on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Theaker is seeking a third and final four-year term as mayor. Bryant is in his first term as an at-large member of Mansfield City Council. The election is Nov. 5.

Renaissance CEO Michael Miller and iHeart Radio's Aaron Hines will serve as hosts of the event, welcoming those in attendance and introducing the candidates.

After offering opening statements, the two candidates will answer questions from a four-member panel that will include:

-- Richland Source Managing Editor Larry Phillips.

-- Retired Mansfield News Journal Publisher and Editor Tom Brennan.

-- Former WMFD-TV news anchor Brigitte Coles.

-- Richland Source City Editor Carl Hunnell.

Tickets are now available to the debate. Tickets are free to the public, though reserved seating is recommended. General admission tickets are free and can be easily reserved at the Renaissance Theater’s website​.

VIP tickets are preferred seating nearest to the stage and are available for $20 each.

All proceeds from VIP ticket sales will be donated to the Mansfield Rising project at the Richland County Foundation.

Tickets can also be reserved or purchased through the Renaissance box office. The box office is open noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The phone number is 419-522-2726.

You can help to shape the agenda for the debate by sending in your questions through Open Source​, Richland Source’s audience listening platform. You can also attend and participate in a Richland Source "Talk the Vote" event.

Mansfield’s 2019 Mayoral Debate is presented by Richland Source, the Renaissance Theater, iHeart Media in Mansfield, DRM Productions, the North End Community Improvement Collaborative, the Richland Area Chamber and Economic Development, and Richland Young Professionals.

Registered to vote?

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 7. You can register online here or contact the Richland County Board of Elections, 1495 W. Longview Ave., Suite 101, at 419-774-5530. You can also e-mail the local elections board at

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