State Senator Frank LaRose speaks today on the issue of "Building Trust Through Civil Discourse"

State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley Township) today addressed the Ohio Civility Consortium during a forum labeled "Can We Talk? Moving From Discord to Dialogue."

Representatives from government at all levels, major civic organizations, the media, the public and students from across the state participated in panel discussions and meetings to examine civility in political and other public discourse.

"Now more than ever it is important to come together to bring the issue of civility in public discourse to the forefront," said LaRose. "We must develop positive approaches that best serve our constituents, respect our democracy and engage in dialogue, not discord."

Senator LaRose joined former State Representative Ted Celeste, Director of State Programs of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, in a panel discussion on "Building Trust Through Civil Discourse."

LaRose outlined his work over the past three years leading Next Generation workshops as part of a multi-state initiative organized by the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

Topics discussed included the "Perspective of Millennials in Politics", "Incivility in the 2016 Election Campaign: What Can the Media Do About It" and "Negative and Uncivil Campaign Advertising: Is There A Solution?"

The event highlighted Ohio and national organizations engaged in projects to improve civility in politics and public discourse and featured former Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman (D-Kansas), current Executive Director of The Aspen Institute, as well as former Congressman Mickey Edwards (R-Oklahoma).

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