Senator LaRose speaks at the National Institute for Civil Discourse forum

State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) today joined former Congressman Zack Space (D-OH), former State Rep. Gerald Stebelton (R-Lancaster), State Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Clifton) and Doug Oplinger, the managing editor of the Akron Beacon Journal, at a bipartisan forum to promote civility in the political arena.

Today's forum, hosted by the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), focused on actions that elected officials and public influencers can take to improve the tone and substance of public discourse. In the context of the 2016 elections, the NICD highlighted the work of organizations like 
The Ohio Media Project and Your Vote Ohio that have organized to promote more balanced election coverage.

"The hostile, divisive rhetoric that has characterized this year's presidential election is a serious obstacle to addressing our nation's greatest challenges," said LaRose, a longtime participant in NICD programs. LaRose has facilitated NICD's Next Generation workshops with fellow state legislators in several states around the country. 

"When we treat each other with respect regardless of ideology, we stand a much better chance of reaching the principled compromise that good governing requires," he added.

According to the NICD, 2 out of 3 American voters say that the tone of the 2016 campaign is less civil than previous elections. 69 percent of those surveyed agree that civility has declined in recent years. 

The National Institute for Civil Discourse is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting healthy and civil political debate. Its bipartisan National Advisory Board membership includes former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. For more information, visit

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