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Ohio politics experts to talk 2018 elections in Thursday roundtable in Parma

November 14, 2017 GMT

Ohio politics experts to talk 2018 elections in Thursday roundtable in Parma

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Three longtime observers of Ohio politics will gather in Greater Cleveland on Thursday for a panel discussion on the 2018 elections.

The talk — titled “A look at the political crystal ball for 2018 — will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Parma-Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Parma.

The panelists are:

Matthew R. Cox, Republican political operative and founder and president of Ohio Capitol Partners, a Cleveland lobbying firm

Michael F. Curtin, former Columbus Dispatch editor and associate publisher, co-author of the “Ohio Politics Almanac,” and former Democratic state representative

Mary Anne Sharkey, political consultant, former Plain Dealer editorial director, and former spokeswoman for then-Ohio Gov. Bob Taft

Cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias — that’s me — will moderate. Topics we plan to discuss include whether the mid-term election climate will favor Republicans or Democrats running for state and federal offices here, and how recent national events may translate politically in 2018.

The event is co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, cleveland.com, The Plain Dealer, and the Lakewood and Cuyahoga County library systems. The corporate sponsor is First Interstate Properties.