“Women in Politics” forum held at the University of Findlay, Ohio


“Women in Politics” forum held at the University of Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik was the lone Republican participant in a panel discussion on “women in politics” on 23 March 2017, but she was excited by the idea that some of the female Democrats present might join her in city government.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to have more women on council,” Mihalik said.

Findlay City Council is currently comprised of 10 men and 1st Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische.

Three at-large City Council candidates — Mary Harshfield, Barbara Lockard and Heidi Mercer — participated in the panel Thursday night at the University of Findlay. Also present were gubernatorial candidate Connie Pillich, a former Cincinnati legislator; Janet Garrett of Oberlin, who ran for 4th District congressional seat in November; and Ohio 1st District Senate candidate Ashley Phillip of McComb.

Women in political races might not be seen as the rare “unicorns” they once were, but they’re still underrepresented, Mihalik said.

“There are young girls now that eventually will have the opportunity to choose to run for elected office,” she said. “And it will be a lot easier for them if we can do our part now.”

Click here to read the full article published by The Courier on 24 March 2017. 

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