Democratic candidates outnumbered their Republican counterparts in a candidates' forum focused on women's issues Tuesday night and attended by about 100 people.
The local chapters of two women's organizations — the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters — along with several other organizations sponsored the event, held at Scott Park Campus of the University of Toledo.
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo#, who is seeking re-election in the 9th Congressional District, said she supported pay equity and other issues backed by the women's organizations. She also said the Democratic Party is more reflective of women, saying all 16 Republicans running for Congressional seats in Ohio are men, while seven of the 16 on the Democratic side are women.
Ms. Kaptur's Republican opponent, Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher of Springfield Township, was invited but did not respond, according to Michelle Radtkin, president of the Toledo chapter of the AAUW.
Angela Zimmann, the Democratic candidate for the 5th Congressional District, blasted her absent opponent, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta #R., Bowling Green), saying he opposed a bill guaranteeing equal pay for equal work for women, that he is "anti-choice," and that he opposed the 2009 bailout of the auto industry.
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