And the winner is: Daybreak

We raised over $500 for Daybreak. Ticket 551435 was drawn for the huge Obama poster. If you don’t show up, Zak Gillman of Patterson Park has the alternate ticket.


Mike Robinette claims he has the ticket- sorry Zak.

As to the election: It’s 11:32 pm: 97% reporting

Dem 3rd Dist, US Representative DEM
Total Votes 68,840
Times Blank Voted 22,839
DAVID ESRATI 8,240 11.97%
JANE MITAKIDES 38,236 55.54%
CHARLES W. SANDERS 22,364 32.49%

I think what bothers me more than losing, was that 22,839 people didn’t bother to vote at all. Congratulations to Charles Sanders for such a strong showing.

We’ll find out if Jane Mitakides can win in November.

The people in OH-40 missed out on a great candidate in Vic Harris.

Thank you to all that helped out.

I’m looking forward to President Obama in November.

Esrati in 2010? One things for sure, a lot more people will be reading this site for the next 2 years. Welcome.

[UPDATE] Final
Jane Mitakides 49,638 54%
Charles Sanders 31,632 34%
David Esrati 10,701 12%
blank votes in Montgomery County: 24,330

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J.R. Locke

Sorry. But 8,000+ is a good thing and everything you do here is a good thing for Dayton. Best of luck in the future Mr. Esrati and I am sorry I didn’t do more to put you on the ballot in the fall. Cheers from the ice kingdom of Auglaize County.


David – you have nothing to be ashamed of and EVERYTHING to be proud of. According to the DDN, you garnered 10k+ votes in OH-3 which was approximately 12% of the total. That’s not unimpressive at all.

And you blazed a lot of new ground in this campaign. You proved the power of the internet and Web2.0. You showed that a congressional campaign can be run on a shoestring budget and a health dose of creativeness (and isn’t creativeness what we’re all about here in the “Midwest”?;)) and you went up against the Golieth’s of the screening committees and the DDN editorial board. Through it all you held your head high and kept busting through all of the walls that were put up in front of you. Like I told you last night, I consider my contributions “money well spent” although I knew that you were “un-buyable”!

An indirect benefit of all of your recent efforts is that you managed to uncover a lot of crap relating to MT and all of the “insider trading” that goes on in this city. You scooped the DDN on 2 occasions – beating them to exposing the stories by a couple of days in both cases. That goes a long way in showing that you have the ability to see the big picture and a knack for connecting the dots. Pretty impressive stuff there as well.

So, even though you did win THIS TIME, you still made a difference. Looking forward to watching the next two years!

Buena suerte con todo en tu vida futura!

Drexel Dave

What Juan said. I’d look at the past couple of months as merely a warm up. Now you’ve got to start getting out to this far-off burgs in the hinterland where MT gets his unquestioning support, and start throwing that classic Esrati in their face.

These little small town rags will eat it up, and you’ll be much further on your way to being regionally recognized.

Name recognition outside of Dayton proper is where you need to shoot for now.

Bruce Kettelle

24,330 democrats voting blank in this congressional primary has to be a worry for the primary winner. These “faithful?” democrats are likely still enamored by the incumbent and will need to be reached before November. Bringing these blanks back to the good guys should be a top priority.

Congrats on the decent showing.


Im real sorry that you didnt win Dave. You do a lot of good for Dayton which is more than I can say for most. Being in the marketing field myself, I know that you are a creative individual and have a lot of great ideas. I, too, look forward to Obama in November. I hope these other states that have yet to vote smarten up.


I agree with what’s been said here already. 10,000 votes is very impressive for a relative unknown (and a guy who was “known” for being a loud mouth and trouble maker ;-)). I was proud to vote for you yesterday, and apparently I wasn’t alone. You’re doing good things here. Don’t stop.


We’ve all heard the famous quote by Teddy Roosevelt, “The Man In The Arena”- Speech at the Sorbonne- Paris, France April 23, 1910: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. But less famous parts of the speech seem particularly relevant today as well: Shame on the man of cultivated taste who permits refinement to develop into fastidiousness that unfits him for doing the rough work of a workaday world. Among the free peoples who govern themselves there is but a small field of usefulness open for the men of cloistered life who shrink from contact with their fellows. Still less room is there for those who deride of slight what is done by those who actually bear the brunt of the day; nor yet for those others who always profess that they would like to take action, if only the conditions of life were not exactly what they actually are. The man who does nothing cuts the same sordid figure in the pages of history, whether he be a cynic, or fop, or voluptuary. There is little use for the being whose tepid soul knows nothing of great and generous emotion, of the high pride, the stern belief, the lofty enthusiasm, of the men who quell the storm and ride the thunder. Well for these men if… Read more »

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David Esrati

Bill- I’d quoted the first part of the speech on this site before. However, I wasn’t aware of the rest of it.
Before I ran to a meeting- I had written a post about you, and your dedication to the community, and your great friendship. I posted it before I checked to see my comments-
and, as always, you were there for me.
Thank you.


I just wanted to say “Thank You” for Tuesday. It was so refreshing to not have to “vote for the lesser of two evils” (like Obama) but to actually for the first time have a candidate who actually deserves my vote. Thank you so much for the opportunity to vote for someone decent, it was wonderful! I really hope I get the opportunity to vote for you again in the future!