Ohio’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates have agreed to the dates and locations for televised debates. Governor Ted Strickland and Republican John Kasich held their first debate yesterday in Columbus and will hold the second one October 7 in Toledo. Lt. Governor Lee Fisher will face Republican Rob Portman in three debates in early October: October 4 in Toledo, October 8 in Cleveland and October 12 in Columbus. The Fisher-Portman debate in Cleveland will have a live audience and all five match-ups will be locally televised with feed to the rest of the state. A consortium of newspapers are sponsoring the debates. The consortium members are located in the state’s eight major media markets: The Akron Beacon Journal, The Canton Repository, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Columbus Dispatch, The Dayton Daily News, The Toledo Blade and The Youngstown Vindicator.