The “Monarchy of Montgomery County” starts in the BOE and the party central committees

[update] The first post of this had incorrect salaries for the BOE, they have been corrected. Other details from comments, and emails are being added. I’m also going through employment data from the county and the city to cross reference central committee members to public employees. It would seem that the party central committee is hardly representative of the general public- in that most are either;  elected, work for elected people or are related to government workers.[/update]

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is a cesspool of patronage positions that are totally controlled by the two political parties in the county.

Every position has 2 people to do it- one D, one R. The annual budget of the BOE is substantial, but they don’t really report to anyone. There is a lot of confusion because the Board of Elections is actually two parts: the actual board- of four members, 2 from each party, that usually meets twice a month and is paid about $20K a year, and the workers in the Board of Elections- who work year round to manage voter registration and coordinate elections. These positions are all filled by the parties and at least on the Democratic side, are expected to donate at least $100 a year for every $10,000 they make back to the party.

The current board is former GOP party chairs Greg Gantt and Kay Wick for the Republicans. For the Dems, it’s Rhine McLin. former Dayton mayor and state rep, and John Doll. They replaced Dennis Lieberman, long time Dem Party chair and husband of County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman and AFSCME leader, Tom Ritchie after a dispute with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted over early voting hours.

This is the organization that employs handwriting experts (graphologists) who ascertain the validity of petition signatures (graphology isn’t accepted in U.S. courts) and finds ways to keep as many candidates off ballots via technicalities as possible.

I’ve split the employees by party and listed alphabetically by last name. The information comes from at least 5 sources of former BOE workers from both parties. I’m sure my readers can help me fill in blanks- and refine this data. I am not a paid journalist, and I do my best to make sure information is correct- or at least correctable.

The wage data came from a public records request and was furnished by Director Jan Kelly.

Democrats:

Guy Aber, $42,016 election ops
Probably being groomed to take Steve Harsman’s place. His father, Russ Aber, works for Montgomery County Auditor and Dem Party vice chair Karl Keith in the data processing “division”. Was a friend of Tony Tipps. Guy is known by some former employees for having a temper.

April Alford, $35,817 registration
Friend of Beverly King. Known as a pretty hard worker and is about to complete her degree at WSU.

[update]? Blackshear- son of County Recorder Willis Blackshear- information missing on Public records request.[/update]

Tina Brown, $38,737 campaign finance
Daughter of Jefferson Township trustee, Brice Sims. Replaced Henderson Scott after he was asked to step down after a sexual harassment investigation. He worked for Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley when the suit was filed, and was transferred to the BOE so he could keep his job. Tina is dependent on Republican counterpart Denis Aslinger to do parts of her job, which is one of the more complex parts of the operation..

Robyn Fecke, $43,035 poll worker coordinator
Her father is Dave Fecke who is a union boss friendly with union boss and former BOE member Tom Ritchie.

Anna Fernandez, $33,820 registration
Common law wife/girlfriend of Steve Harsman Jr.

John Fletcher, $32,843 registration
Unknown connection.

Steve Harsman, deputy director $119,995
Longest running employee, and predates sources for how he got the job in the first place. was a friend of Karl Keith, working in Dem HQ with former Dem Party Chief Joe Shump who gave Harsman the job. Owens wanted to remove Harsman, but Keith supported him. In typical dog-eat-dog dem fashion, AJ Wagner appointed Karl Keith to the auditor position, when he became a judge- and then Keith supported Nan in the Mayors race. No loyalty.

Laura Jordan, $33,820 registration
Commissioner Judy Dodge’s daughter.

Beverly King, $64,043 registration supervisor
Unknown how she got the job, but is famous to readers of this site for getting her son brother hired without a job application. Turns out he was a convicted rapist and registered sex offender. He was quickly shown the door as the office women felt betrayed.

Cathie Merkel, $57,886 Finance
Deceased husband, Mike, used to be Montgomery County Dem Party chair Mark Owens’ right hand man at the Dayton Clerk of Courts. Well known by insiders as the sometime girlfriend of Steve Harsman.

John Murphy, $34,840 registration
Dem Party faithful and father of Gen Murphy, who is Nan Whaley’s errand girl and president of the Ohio Young Dems.

Priscilla Ritchie, $37,960 absentee
Daughter in law of Tom Ritchie

David Owens, $37,918, campaign finance
Brother of Dayton Clerk of Courts Mark Owens who is the Dem Party chair.

Republicans:

Denis Aslinger, $49,046 campaign finance
Brother is a judge in Darke County. Husband of Julie Aslinger, a former magistrate for probate court.  Former director, Betty Smith was a probate court supervisor before coming to the BOE. Julie now works for Job and Family Services.

Denis is one of the true professionals in the office, and has been a huge help to me at getting good information in a timely manner, except when Steve Harsman forbade Denis to talk to me, over the recording and posting of my call about William Pace being on the ballot.

To accommodate Dave Landon, he’s being transferred downstairs. Landon ostensibly came in as a voter registration clerk at a very high pay- and Jan Kelly had to take a pay cut to make room for his inflated pay, but now as campaign finance director his pay is fitting his position.

Linda Brewster, $52,000 finance
Board member Kay Wick’s best friend.

Carolyn Clark, $49,046 absentee
Her mother did investments with Tom Young a Republican qho has been part of the old guard GOP in Montgomery County, possibly a girlfriend of a previous County GOP Chairman.

Bill Hibner, $49,046 election ops
Arlene Setzer, former state rep put him in under Jeff Jacobson. Father is Bill Hibner Sr. of Vandalia, who works with Greater Dayton Construction. Not sure how this is politically relevant, other than GDC/Oberer development is a major donor to politicians.

[update]Francine ?- information missing from public information request.[/update]

Douglas Jones, $31,761 registration
Owns Studio Zumba and hired Jen Robertson as an instructor, and then she got him a job at the BOE.

[update]Suzanne Joo, $35,713 Registration
Lives in Greene County. No connections. Reportedly stood up and protested the addition of Dave Landon to the BOE staff, took a personal day because she was so angry.[/update]

Jan Kelly, director, $100,006
Very helpful, used to work for SOS Jon Husted and ran against Dan Foley for County Commission, coming close, despite wide funding gap. Previously ran Chuck Curran’s campaign for county commissioner when he was a Republican. An attorney by profession, but not admitted to Ohio Bar. Had to take a pay cut to hire former GOP chair Dave Landon in.

[update]Dave Landon, $69,992 finance
Long time GOP party old guard member. Disbarred as an attorney. Writes for Dayton City Paper. Fired from Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor’s district office for running his private auto sales business on state time. Despite only being there a few months, he’s already been in hot water for sending a robocall to endorse candidate Mike Nolan in a Miami Township political campaign which is a no-no for BOE employees. Also, reportedly attended a Dayton Daily News candidate interview for or with Nolan, during the time before an election when BOE employees aren’t allowed to leave the office. DDN supposedly looked into if he had taken personal time- and found no record of it. Reports from inside the BOE say he is still running his car business on BOE time- and takes extended lunches frequently.[/update]

Mark Mazer, $34,652 absentee
Good friend of Sandra Brassington who sometimes runs the local GOP and now works for Governor Kasich.

Karen O’Meara, $53,123 registration supervisor
Unknown connections.

Joshua Pettis $29,993 registration
Unknown connections.

Jennifer Robertson, $38,500 poll worker coordinator
She lives in Darke County but still serves as a precinct captain in Montgomery. When she was running for precinct captain, she put down the wrong address on her form. Greg Gantt, who was best friends with her brother growing up, possibly broke the law and allowed her to change the form after she had already turned it in.

Sarah Scott, $25,001 registration
Former GOP chair Rob Scott’s sister.

Former employees:

  • Alicia Scott Bey – retired. Was close to Jeff Jacobson. R
  • Tamar Gullate D
  • Anthony Harris- shuffled around the county building, must be related to someone. D
  • Joel Hart
  • Brittanee  Iles
  • Helen Jacobson -Former GOP party chair Jeff Jacobson’s mother R
  • Nancy Jenkins
  • Robin Lehman – left BOE for Domestic Relations Court. Is the Republican Party’s longtime treasurer. R
  • Marlene Kincer- Greg Brush’s mother in law- Kym Brush’s mom. D
  • Micah Leventhal
  • Kim Loy – Wife of former Vandalia Mayor Bill Loy D
  • Nancy Marino- runs Trotwood Dem Club D
  • Susan Martin- Tom Robert’s sister D
  • Brian Mead – now in State Auditor’s office- wife is lobbyist for CareSource R
  • Christine Michaels -former director of registration, Chris Conney’s mother. R
  • Andrew Morris R
  • Kelsey Rankin
  • Suzanne Robillard – Now Joo
  • Julie Russel- best friend Carolyn Clark
  • Henderson Scott – D out of Foley’s office
  • Betty Smith – former director, retired for health reasons. Knew her election law and was always helpful to me. Formerly a probate court supervisor R
  • Krystie Spirk – daughter of Mike Spirk – works for Karl Keith D
  • Dru Stewart – R
  • Bryan Suddith- R- Republican party activist.
  • Sinthy Taylor – D, Friend of McLin’s
  • Tony Tipps- Son of Ohio super lobbyist Paul Tipps. Was fired for ostensibly forging a signature on an absentee ballot for his daughter in front of Caroline Clark.
  • Robin Titus – D
  • Carol Varro – son worked for Jeff Jacobson.
  • Missy Mae Walters- Hired by Betty Smith, lobbyist and former girlfriend of former Republican Party Chair Rob Scott.
  • Shynae Whiteside
Screen shot Montgomery County Board of Elections (Ohio)  site on Jan 12, 2014 still showing 2013 dates

Screen shot MCBOE site on Jan 12, 2014 still showing 2013 dates

Despite all this amazing talent, the current website has upcoming election dates and registration deadlines in as of today, Jan. 12 2014. [update] since this post went up- they finally updated the dates [/update]

To see what a real county board of elections website should look like, visit Franklin County’s.

The real question is how the parties control these jobs and political offices. That’s determined by whom we elect to the party central committee. Dems have their elections with gubernatorial primaries- and Republicans do theirs with the presidential primaries.

Just in case you are interested, the deadlines to file your petition to run for Central Committee of the Montgomery County Democratic Party, the dates that aren’t on the BOE site are:

  • 2/5 – Central Committee Precinct Captain Petitions are due by 4 p.m. at the BOE
  • 2/24 – Central Committee Write-In Candidate Forms are due by 4 p.m. at the BOE

You need to get only 5 signatures of registered voters in your precinct to get on the ballot. Get at least double that so the “graphologists” don’t throw your petition out.

This is how Rob Scott took over the local Republican party from Greg Gantt, and how Dennis Lieberman ousted Joe Shump.

To find out what precinct you live in: http://www.mcohio.org/boe/voter_information/voter_reg_lookup.cfm

If you want to find out who your precinct captain is- good luck- the worthless site run by the local party has nothing. www.montgomerydems.org

(compare it to the excellent Franklin County site www.fcdp.org).

And- if you want the form- also- good luck, go to the Sec. of State site to download it. http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/elections/forms/2-L.pdf Make sure you print it on legal paper, have it signed in ink- and that they SIGN- not print their names. If you want to run as a write in, the form is: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/elections/forms/13.pdf

To read about how precinct captain takeover’s work: http://theprecinctproject.wordpress.com/

Below is the list of the current Dem party precinct captains- with a few titles filled in.
Note how many seats are empty? Also- note, how many people are either in office- or work for elected leaders. I don’t have time to cross-reference every name- but, if you can add in comments who works for whom- we can fill this out.

If you want to end the rule of the “Monarchy of Montgomery County” it will start with independent-minded people getting elected to the central committee. Please contact me if you need help with the process.

Montgomery County Dem Central Committee

WARDPRECINCT FIRST NAMELAST NAMEEMPLOYER
DAY 1A
DAY 1BJessicaMichaiak
DAY 1CRonaldLeeDayton School Board
DAY 1DJoanWagnerWife of AJ Wagner, former Auditor, Judge and Dayton Mayoral Candidate
DAY 1EDavidEsrati
DAY 2A
DAY 2BAnthonyBallisPartner of Dayton School Board Member Joe Lacey, who works in the County Treasurers office
DAY 2CMatthewCoxAuditors office
DAY 2D
DAY 3A
DAY 3BRichardCox
DAY 3C
DAY 3D
DAY 3E
DAY 3FCJBartley
DAY 3G
DAY 3HMaryKuehne
DAY 3IMarkCunningham
DAY 3J
DAY 3KMarkOwensDem Party Chair, Dayton Clerk of Courts
DAY 3LAnnMurrayDayton Municipal Court
DAY 4ASamuelBraunMr. Nan Whaley, County Auditors office
DAY 4B
DAY 4CWalterDoty
DAY 4D
DAY 5AAprilAlfordBoard of Elections
DAY 5BFredStrahornState Representative
DAY 5CRichardGreenformer Counselor at MC Juvy Court System - 42 years
DAY 5DDonaldDomineckmember of Dayton's Black Panther Party
DAY 5EBarbaraHarris
DAY 6ATomRobertsFormer State Rep and Senate
DAY 6BStaceyBenson-TaylorAFLCIO Union Representative
DAY 6CDorothyBarnes
DAY 6DLawrenceFlowersDayton Clerk of Courts
DAY 7ARhineMcLinFormer State rep, senate, MCDP vice chair, Dayton Mayor and now on BOE
DAY 7BClaytonLuckieImprisoned State rep
DAY 8AKarlKeithCounty Auditor, Vice Chair MCDP
DAY 8B
DAY 8CMeghanCole - now ThomasDayton Clerk of Courts (moved)
DAY 8DGeorgeEstes
DAY 9AMaryMontgomeryProsecutors office
DAY 9BGenevieveMurphyPresident Ohio Young Dems, Auditors office
DAY 9CMatthewJosephDayton City Commissioner, Brother of Russ Joseph, Dayton Clerk of Courts
DAY 9DGuyAberBoard of Elections, his father Russel works in Auditors office
DAY 10A
DAY 10B
DAY 10CMaryPattersonCounty Treasurers office
DAY 10D
DAY 10E
DAY 11A
DAY 11B
DAY 11CRachellePaynter
DAY 11DJessicaAbernathyFormer Deputy MC Recorder, Admin Secretary at Family First Council
DAY 12ACatherineMerkleBoard of Elections
DAY 12B
DAY 12CChristopherConner
DAY 12D
DAY 13AShawnDayDayton Clerk of Courts
DAY 13BHayesShepard
DAY 14AGeraldMarshall
DAY 14BJohnBoston
DAY 14C
DAY 14DLakiaGray
DAY 15AReginaMarksCounty Environmental Services
DAY 15BJohnSmith
DAY 15C
DAY 15D
DAY 16AClayDixonFormer Mayor of Dayton
DAY 16B
DAY 16CIrvingJohnson
DAY 16DClaudiaMason
DAY 16E
DAY 17AMichaelNelson
DAY 17BJamieSimpson
DAY 17CLindaMcKenna
DAY 17DAudrennaWhitesideClerk of Courts
DAY 18AFredRalston
DAY 18B
DAY 18CGretchenMoore
DAY 18D
DAY 19AJamesAtchisonIT Manager at the City of Moraine
DAY 19BWillisBlackshearCounty Recorder
DAY 19C
DAY 19DKeithLanderFacility Services at MC
DAY 20ALelaEstesBoard Member at City of Dayton
DAY 20BRichardSeitz
DAY 20 C
DAY 20DThomasRitchieUnion Head, former BOE member
DAY 21AWillieMarshall
DAY 21B
DAY 21CMarciaKnoxUnion Chief
DAY 22ASinthyTaylorFormer BOE employee
DAY 22BJohnFletcherBoard of Elections
DAY 22CAlvinFreemanDayton Civil Service Board
DAY 23A
BTADebraArmaniniCounty Prosecutor
BTBKym BrushWife of Greg Brush County Clerk of Courts
BTCEmily JacksonNow Emily Bradford- works in County Commission office for Judy Dodge
BTDRichard Carnelobbyist
BTEWilliam Davis IIDayton Water dept.
BTF
BTGPatriciaKunk
VDA
VDB
VDC
VDDWilliamCrawfordDayton Street Maintenance
VDEMarkMacNealyVolunteer Physician at Reach out of Montgomery County
VDF
VDGJudy DodgeCounty commissioner
VDHElaineZimmers-JohnsonRetired-Director of Real Estate for the Auditor’s Office
VDILawrenceO'Donnell
VDJStevenHarsmanBoard of Elections
CLAA
CLAB
CLACRichardRenner5 Rivers Metro Parks
BRKA
BRKB
BRKC
BRKDAmy EddsCounty Auditors office
PHB
GERA
GER-B
GTNA
GTNB
GTNCJeffHastyEnvironmental Services
HARA
HARBWesleyWellsUnion Leader
HARC
HARDElizabethDyer
HARE
HARF
HARGJustin AllenStillwater
HARH
HARIChristineKinterDayton Clerk of Courts
HARJRolandWinburnState Rep
HARK
HARLTony Curington
HARMBrookeWrightDayton Municipal Court
HARN
HUB 1A
HUB 1BLuDale
HUB 1CIsacDaniel
HUB 1D
HUB 2APenniChafins
HUB 2B
HUB 2CJanVargoHuber Heights Council
HUB 2D
HUB 3ADonaldPayne
HUB 3B
HUB 3CEdwinPrimm
HUB 3DLinda Manning
HUB 4A
HUB 4B
HUB 4C
HUB 4D
HUB 5A
HUB 5B
HUB 5CDavidRichards
HUB 6ADanaClark
HUB 6BEdLyons
HUB 6CEllenWilkey
JAKAKarenCriswell
JAKB
FARM
JNLBAVickiGebhart
JNLBBDave Fecke
JEFAFredMeacham
JEFBBriceSimsJefferson Twp Trustee
JEFC
JEFDLynnThomassonCounty Clerk of Courts
KT 1AJasonStanton
KT 1BRobin Barker
KT 1C
KT 1D
KT 1EDennisMcCarthy
KT 1FKathy Williams
KT 1G
KT 1HLauraJordanBoard of Elections
KT 1I
KT 2A
KT 2BFredSchindlerMaintainance at WPAFB
KT 2C
KT 2DNancy SimpsonCommunity Economic Development
KT 2EMaryRobinson
KT 2F
KT 2GDavidWisemann
KT 2HPatBiddle
KT 2I
KT 3A
KT 3BJonathanHardin
KT 3CFrederickKrumholtzDayton Clerk of Courts
KT 3D
KT 3E
KT 3FRobertaBeyerDayton Recreation and Youth Services
KT 3G
KT 3HAncilWebb
KT 3I
KT 3JMiriamMaue
KT 3K
KT 4ANancyEnright
KT 4B
KT 4CLauraHawthornLogistics management at WPAFB
KT 4D
KT 4E
KT 4F
KT 4GJonathanKleinman
KT 4HJohnMurphyBoard of Elections
KT 4IWesleyBishop
KT 4J
KT 4KMichaelBockKettering School board
TR 1ATommyStewart
TR 1B
TR 1CMarjorieTownes
TR 1DEllaBollingCounty Treasurers Office
TR 1ENancyMarino
TR 1FDawnWojcikMCDP employee
TR 2ATiaCoxJob and Family Services
TR 2BKevinArnold
TR 2C
TR 2D
TR 2EDonnaGales
TR 3A
TR 3B
TR 3C
TR 4ADjunaBrownex-Auditor’s Office
TR 4BPatrickThomassonMarried to Tisha who works in Dayton Clerk of Courts
TR 4C
TR 4D
RVA
RVBGladysStump
RVC
RVDWilliamFlauteRiverside Mayor
RVEKennyNance
RVF
RVG
RVH
RVI
RVJ
RVK
RVLEdythMitchell
RVM
PM
MIAA
MIAB
MIAC
MIAD
MIAE
MIAF
MIAG
MIAHWilliamMelke
MIAI
MIAJ
MIAK
MIAL
MIAM
MIAN
MIAOMarkLandersVeterans Services
MIAP
MIAQP MichaelRobinetteFormer head of Conservancy District, MVRPC
MIAR
MIAS
MIATJohnnaShiaCounty Prosecutor
WCRA
WCRBBrendaWhiteDayton Clerk of Courts
WCRC
WCRDToddAhearnCounty Prosector
WCREChrisHolmAuditors office
WCRF
WCRGReneeSheppard
MBG 1A
MBG 1B
MBG 1C
MBG 2A
MBG 2BCharlesBowlingFormer BOE employee
MBG 2C
MBG 3A
MBG 3B
MBG 3C
MBG 4A
MBG 4BJulieBrunsCounty Prosecutor
MBG 4C
MBG 4D
MOR 1AJacquelineCole
MOR 2APatriciaCelesJob and Family Services
MOR 3A
MOR 4ALindaPauley
OAKAPeggyWellerJFS childrens services
OAKB
OAKC
OAKD
OAKETony TippsFormer BOE worker, son of Lobbyist Paul Tipps
OAKF
OAKGCarolHolm
PERA
PERB
PERC
PNLBABettyBenningtonDayton Clerk of Courts
CTN 1A
CTN 1BMattHeckProsecutor
CTN 1CDennisLiebermanFormer MCDP Chair, Former BOE, Husband of Debbie Lieberman
CTN 1DTinaBrownBoard of Elections
CTN 2A
CTN 2BJackeHorne
CTN 2CJoeLitvinFormer County engineer
CTN 3AJamesGorman
CTN 3BTedGudorf
CTN 3CCheryl Hart-GroffDayton Clerk of Courts
ENGA
ENGBJudyGerhard
ENGC
ENGD
ENGE
ENGF
ENGG
ENGHPearlieJohnson
ENGI
ENGJ
UNA
UNBRobinDavisDayton Clerk of Courts
UNC
UNDMikeSpirkCounty Auditor
WSAJamesVangrovCounty Commission office
WSBKrissGang
WSC
WSDMaryMiller Ellis
WSE
WSF
WSG
WSHSusanHesselgesser
WSI
WSJMichelleGrodnerProsecutor
WSK
WSLBarbaraShump
WSM
WSN
WSOPaulRobinsonCounty Treasurer
WSP
WSQ
WSRJohn Roll
WSSPatEdsall
WSTShirleyMarion
WSU
WSVLeigh AnnCapizziJuvenile Court, married to Tony Capizzi, former Dayton City Commissioner and now Judge
WSW
WSXBeverlyKingBoard of Elections
CVA
CVB
CVCCharlotteVitali
CVD
CVE
CVFCathyStartzmanCounty Commission office
CVGStephenDavis
CVHDavidSaphire
CVI
CVJ
CVKMichaelRiceHusband of County Treasure Carolyn Rice
CVLChristiannaRomerCounty Commission office
CVM
CVN
CVOLeeFalkeFormer County Prosecutor
CVP

 

 

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25 Responses

  1. Joe P January 12, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    I think “Unknown Connection(s)” indicates an implicit political/personal connection of all the names on the list. That may be misleading.

    Brilliant or Bozo? Thumb up 6 Thumb down 1

  2. Dale C January 13, 2014 / 12:13 am

    Steve Harsman was a former ODOT employee who allegedly sold shoplifted items at school in high school for spending money instead of having a real job. He was a loyalist to former party chair Joe Shump (how he got his job at the BOE) and worked his way back into favor with the local democrats and then chairman Dennis Lieberman to get the director’s position at the BOE. His brother is a felon that is a member of a quasi criminal/white supremacist biker gang called the iron horseman. Harsman himself heisted six figures worth of voting machines from the Diebold corporation and is well known for his affairs with Cathy Merkle most likely to gain a political edge somehow with current chair Mark Owens. Harsman and Merkle were photographed at the Dayton International Airport returning from Miami FL together after a partially taxpayer funded affair while Harsman was on a “business” trip to Miami FL paid for by the county. Harsman is know by the staff as a bully who would hypocritically take a county van on a two plus hour lunches to get a new toupee fitted and attached and then return and harass staff who took extended breaks, lunches or that stopped working early.

    Well-loved. Brilliant: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 1

  3. Dale C January 13, 2014 / 2:29 am

    David, double check your salary info. Unless there were salary cuts salaries seem low or not correct. Jan Kelly is certainly capable of giving you bogus info FYI.

    As you know the BOE is a system of D’s and R’s helping the other scam the taxpayers. Jan and Steve function as a team who’s combined job is to keep the corrupt system in place that both parties benefit from intact. Harsman, as you know, is simply the most experienced and effective “boss” that oversees the corruption.

    Oh, but ain’t that America for you and me
    Ain’t that America somethin’ to see, baby
    Ain’t that America home of the free
    Little BOE’s to run the elections for you and me
     

    Well-loved. Brilliant: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 1

  4. Bone January 14, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    This shit don’t make no sense! Guy doesn’t have a anger problem, lmfao!

    Brilliant or Bozo? Thumb up 1 Thumb down 4

  5. Dale C January 14, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    I don’t think Guy has a temper problem bone. He is a short dude for sure.  If he got a kinda fat and went bald by the time Harsman retires he would be a great replacement!  No one is going to miss old hairclub Harsman when he retires that is for sure.  I guess it will be Hibner to replace Jan when she goes.  Hibner needs to learn how to bribe the system better, if he had those skills he would be director.

    Brilliant or Bozo? Thumb up 3 Thumb down 1

  6. Mike Bock January 15, 2014 / 6:52 am

    David, lots of good information here. The key point to stress is that during this year’s Democratic primary, every precinct has the opportunity to elect a voting delegate to the Reorganization Meeting to be held in June. (The last Reorganization Meeting was in June, 2010.) These delegates then serve as Central Committee members.
     
    The Reorganization Meeting offers the opportunity to make big changes in our local party. At that meeting, officers will be selected and a constitution will be approved.
     
    We need to find a way to inform Democrats that live in Montgomery County that with only a little effort they may qualify to be a voting delegate at the Reorganization Meeting. Any Democrat who wants to impact the local party needs only to fill a petition with five signatures of Democrats living in his or her precinct. Most precincts are not represented. As you note, the deadline is February 5 for filing petitions — now less than three weeks away.

    Well-loved. Brilliant: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 0

  7. Dale C January 15, 2014 / 11:42 am

    There could be a beautiful vision here if it was organized properly.  A group of like minded people that got organized and gained control or influence over or in both local parties.  Then the full gutting of the city and county governments could begin.  Need some type of “take our county or city back” type of movement.

    Brilliant or Bozo? Thumb up 5 Thumb down 1

  8. David Esrati January 15, 2014 / 2:08 pm

    @Dale C- see http://www.independentdayton.com we’re working on it. In the meantime- I hope independent dems decide to run.

     

    Brilliant or Bozo? Thumb up 5 Thumb down 1

  9. Some Guy January 17, 2014 / 9:50 am

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Montgomery County is corrupt. We all know it. But nobody is going to, or can, do a damn thing about it. Best to realize what an inbred, backwards, incestuous shit hole this is, and move along.

    Smackdown!. What do you think? Thumb up 11 Thumb down 8

  10. Bismark January 17, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    Yes, Some Guy, you are right. Dayton is an incestuous shit hole. And like all shit holes, it’s time will come. Esrati’s blog provides important internet exposure for building the necessary critical mass that will be the point of no return for the ways of the grand cesspool and its kindred.
    As to getting out of the shit hole, it is hard once one has landed in this insular, backwards town. The place has long lost its edge, offers little resources & networking opportunities (outside the kissing cousin club) for one to build a career–who wants someone out of Dayton?  In that regard, its more akin to setting foot in fecal quicksand. But I digress:
    To make the above BOE compilation more complete, I humbly offer background on Nancy Jenkins. Marino She was the Whale’s handmaiden back when Whaley sat all day smoking at MCDP HQ while Nancy & others did her work. Nancy was Nan’s volunteer & did this out of love for the Whale. Around the time the Whale moved to KK’s office, to sit all day & smoke while others did her work, Dennis L. then head of the MCBOE, gave Nancy a BOE position that she held for anumber of years. Lieberman had helped Nancy with settling the estate of her deceased husband, a junk yard owner. It was rumored that Nancy’s BOE salary assisted w/the acquired legal fees for estate settlement.
    And the beat goes on…

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  11. Mike Bock January 17, 2014 / 6:31 pm

    A reformed and vitalized Montgomery County Democratic Party could have a big and positive impact on the whole region. Any Democrat who wants to make a difference in the MCDP should take the steps needed to become a delegate to the big MCDP Reorganization Meeting that is scheduled for June. This opportunity only comes around every four years — the last meeting was June of 2010.
     
    At this MCDP Reorganization Meeting, if there was a majority of like-minded delegates, then the party could be dramatically changed with new officers and a new constitution. In order to become a delegate, you need to submit a petition to the Board of Elections by February 5 containing signatures of five Democrats living in your precincts. If anyone wants to make the effort needed to become a delegate, then I will be glad to send them the petition form and a list of Dems living in your district. Shoot me an e-mail at mcbock@me.com and I will reply to you promptly. Time is running out to take advantage of this rare opportunity to have a real voice in making change in your local Democratic party organization, so don’t delay.

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  12. David Esrati January 17, 2014 / 8:02 pm

    I’m still working my way through all the data- but if you look at the filled seats of the Montgomery County Central Committee – about half of them work in government. Meaning our candidates are picked by people who will depend on a paycheck from whom they elect.

    A key difference between the local parties- the Dems “screening committee” is a selected group of these people- how they are selected no one knows. They endorse in all races.

    The Republicans- only have precinct captains in the jurisdiction that the candidate is running for endorse- ie, in Dayton, only Dayton precinct captains vote in the endorsement

    I’m still working my way through the list- to try to figure out who lives with whom- and who has family doing their bidding. It’s easy to see how Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck has so much power in that many of his subordinates are on the central committee.

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  13. Dale C January 18, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    It would be nice if sources could help uncover what the Republican’s in the office are paying in kickbacks.  Years ago they had to make “donations” to the patrons club depending on how much they were paid.  People like Kelly and Landon are certainly paying kickbacks but not sure if the lower employees still have to.  You could also look at the Dem’s frolic for funds fundraiser and cross link that to country employees to get an idea of how much shakedown money the Dem’s are getting out of county employees.

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  14. David Esrati January 18, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    @Dale C- word is there is no mandatory donation by the R’s- but they are expected to be involved in races and the party.
    As to the cross references- I have the employee lists- you can download campaign finance reports- which aren’t in machine readable formats- for all candidates- and start cross referencing- it would take a while.
    I’m having enough work just cross referencing the employees to the precinct captains- last nights edits didn’t hold- and I have to do it again.

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  15. Dale C January 18, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    While I am thinking about it you could look into the money the boe spent on travel over the last 10 years if possible, it would be a big number.  Harsman spent a ton of money for sure as did Smith.  Look into how much they spend going to SOS conferences.

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  16. Mark Duddridge January 25, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    So, if my understanding of all this is correct, the bipartisan “old boy network” in place means independents, libertarians, etc. have little or no chance of getting past the BOE and onto a ballot, in Montgomery Co.?

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  17. David Esrati January 25, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    @Mark Duddridge- EXACTLY. Or even d’s or r’s that don’t bow to the almighty party.

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  18. tired of crooked dems January 25, 2014 / 9:56 pm

    A few more connections:
    VD-H   Elaine Zimmers-Johnson: ex-Director of Real Estate (retired) for the Auditor’s Office
    WCR-E    Chris Holm: Auditor’s Office employee
    TR4-A   Djuna Brown: ex-Auditor’s Office employee, allowed to resign (rather than being fired) after being arrested for drug money laundering

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  19. David Esrati January 26, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    Thanks for filling in more blanks @Tired. I confirmed Brown’s prosecution. I missed Holm- thanks for catching that.

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  20. Dale C January 27, 2014 / 10:59 am

    The board members stand behind a director the has done nothing but bully and demean his staff and they wonder why current and former boe employees leak info.  Nice job boe board members!  If it was not for you backing up “hairclub” Harsman your little club would not be so exposed. 

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