AKRON -- Former WKYC Senior Political Correspondent Tom Beres will sit down with Ohio's gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates over the next two weeks.

WKYC will stream each interview live online and on Facebook in conjunction with the University of Akron's Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

Beres will discuss topics relevant to voters ahead of the Nov. 6 election. The 45-minute interviews will give Beres and the candidates better opportunity to dive into topics beyond a debate setting.

"The Governor's race is apparently very close, perhaps neck and neck,” Beres said. “Ohio has massive problems -- the gap between unfilled jobs and unskilled workers, the devastating opioid epidemic and five of seven big-city school systems earning an F on report cards. We will discuss them all with Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray as well as their negative campaigns.”

The schedule for each interview is as follows:

  • Mike DeWine: Oct. 3, 12:30 p.m.
  • Richard Cordray: Oct. 4, 3 p.m.
  • Jim Renacci: Oct. 9, 10 a.m.
  • Sherrod Brown: Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m.