Dayton’s flawed petition process

I went to what was to be the last official meeting of the Dayton Charter Review Committee. Former Mayor Richard Clay Dixon was nice enough to recognize me and allow me to participate- at least for a little bit, until the FOP rep decided to be a jerk. Interestingly- the committee is only working on […]

Not that anyone cares, but the Dayton City Commission appointed a charter review committee to clean up the City Charter. which is an old and tired document. I’ve been calling for changes to the recall and charter change requirements for years. Of course, I wasn’t invited to work on the committee. Here is who the […]

Mayor Gary Leitzell brought this up to the commission after I pointed out the problem with the commission. They did nothing. I also suggested changing the petition forms- since we seem to have so many failed applications. They did nothing. Finally- today (after the election fiasco- where nobody voted) they point it out: Dayton would […]

I reported last week that the Mayor was asking for discussion about the William Pace case against the Board of Elections and the City of Dayton in the State Supreme Court about his legal right to run as a write in: Leitzell calls for charter change discussion on petitions During today’s commission meeting he brings […]

Mayor Gary Leitzell in an internal email to the City Manager and the City Commission calls for the city to no longer waste money trying to keep candidates off the ballot: I have read through the material submitted in the case that William Pace has filed against the Board of Elections. In that case he […]

Apparently, I did something wrong when I recorded my conversation with Montgomery County Board of Elections director Steve Harsman- because now, I’m getting punished. No matter who I call to talk to, the call gets routed to Harsman. There seems to be a directive against speaking to me. I wasn’t recording the call on Wednesday […]

In a ten-page decision, the Montgomery County Court of Appeals ruled that based on a 1941 decision, that technicalities take precedent over the will of 650+ registered voters on placing Mr. William Pace on the Dayton City Commission ballot. Voters aren’t supposed to make decisions on who advances to the general election in Montgomery County- […]

I attended the second hearing of the Montgomery County Court of Appeals today where there were many questions about “substantial compliance” including the part about “what the certificate of candidacy” actually means. All of it was horse hockey. Early voting starts tomorrow and the judges were thinking it was too late to put Pace’s name […]

It was more like a half day, running from 2 p.m. to 4:45. I was a witness, and was ordered to be sequestered for the first hour so as not to hear BOE director Betty Smith’s testimony, so I couldn’t cover the whole thing for you. I did tape my part of the proceedings and […]

At 2 p.m. today, Mr. William Pace will be in the Montgomery County Court of Appeals asking for his name to be placed on the ballot. I am being called as a witness, to discuss the actions of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, which have been described and reported on this site in these […]