Government Affairs Forum: 2018 Political & Policy Forecast Panel

Moderated by Scott Light, Anchor WBNS-10TV

Scott Light is an Anchor with WBNS 10TV where he covers new and politics. Scott hosts 'Face the State' every Sunday morning on 10TV. A show that challenges those in power to face the tough questions - to face you - to face the state. Scott comes to Columbus after anchoring the evening news in Atlanta and landing exclusive interviews with the likes of President Jimmy Carter and 'Dean of the Civil Rights Movement' Dr. Joseph Lowery. He was honored with his sixth Emmy award in Atlanta in June 2015.

Everything that happens in Washington, D.C. and at our statehouse impacts you - hard working Ohioans.

Democratic Panelist: Aaron Pickrell - Former Senior Advisor To President Obama

Aaron has served as a leader in national, state and local campaigns over the years. In 2012, Politico included him in their "50 Politicos to Watch", and Campaigns and Elections Magazine - the nation's leading trade magazine for campaign professionals - named Aaron as one of the top professionals and leading political influencers in the consulting business in Ohio.

Aaron has spent two decades working in politics and government, most recently serving as Senior Advisor for President Obama's successful re-election campaign in Ohio. In 2008, Aaron served as the State Director for President Obama's campaign in Ohio and later joined the presidential transition team.

In 2006, Aaron managed Governor Strickland's successful gubernatorial run, then became Chief Operating Officer for the Strickland Administration in 2007 and returned to manage Strickland's 2010 re-election effort.

Democratic Panelist: Janetta King - President of Innovation Ohio

Janetta King founded Innovation Ohio in 2011, a state-based policy and advocacy think tank. King previously served as Chief of Staff for the Center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington, DC; Deputy Chief of Staff for Ohio Governor Ted Strickland; chief policy advisor on Governor Strickland's 2006 gubernatorial campaign; and a Legislative Director on Capitol Hill.  ​

​Republican Panelist: Michael Hartley - Former Advisor Bush/Cheney, Gov. Kasich and Congressman Steve Stivers​

Michael is the President of Swing State Strategies, where he utilizes his nearly two decades of political, policy/issue and corporate experience to work with clients on their public affairs, policy issue and political strategy needs. Most recently, Hartley spent over four years as the Vice President of Government Relations for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, where he led the advocacy effort at the local, stat and federal levels on behalf of the Central Ohio business community.

Prior to his time with the Chamber, Hartley spent over thirteen years developing a reputation as one of the best political operatives on Ohio, serving a leadership role in a number of high profile campaigns and government offices. His roles included: Director of Public Liaison and Senior Staff member for Governor John Kasich were he directed all outreach efforts from the Governor's Office, six Ohio statewide campaigns, including as Deputy Campaign Manager for Kasich/Taylor for Ohio in 2010, Campaign Manager for Stivers for Congress in 2008 and Ohio Political Director for Bush/Cheney re-election in 2004; as well as, serving in director positions in the Attorney General's and Auditor of State's Office.

Hartley received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education from Baldwin-Wallace University. He lives in Circleville with his wife Samantha and two children, Xavier and Sofia.

​Republican Panelist: Terry Casey - Former Advisor to Speaker JoAnn Davidson

Terry Casey has worked for over five decades with Ohio legislators, including Speaker Davidson, judges, state officeholders and community groups with research/polling and media on many public policy issues. Terry is a graduate of The Ohio State University in business administration and journalism studies. Terry is a public servant having served on various Boards from the Franklin Count Board of Elections to the Columbus Metropolitan Library Boards to name a few.​

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
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