While political pundits are all in a tizzy right now about Ed Fitzgerald naming Dayton lawyer Sharen Neuhardt as his running mate, let’s be honest, no one in Ohio cares who the lieutenant governor is, nor do they even know who it is right now. Try asking your friends. In fact, I’d be impressed if they could name more than two lieutenant governors. (the answer is Mary Taylor).
If the election were three years ago, after Kasich got his rear-end kicked on Senate Bill 5 (the anti-union/collective bargaining bill), Howdy Doody could have run against Kasich and won. Three years later, unfortunately, that’s not the case. Kasich has managed to piss off both parties- which actually is a good thing for his reelection chances. The reality of course is that as long as Ohio remains gerrymandered, the likelihood of a Dem governor actually doing anything with a Republican-dominated legislature is slim and none.
While Neuhardt may be able to raise some money for Fitzgerald, her value on the campaign trail is nil. She may give the worst candidate stump speech I’ve ever heard (and after running in elections for 20 years- I’ve heard some really bad ones). Don’t expect Fitzgerald to get a bump at the polls for adding her to his ticket- nor, expect her to do anything if she has to debate Mary Taylor.
The visits to Esrati.com jumped yesterday and today- since there is more online about Sharen Neuhardt here than anywhere else on the web. Unfortunately, not much is positive. Her own site was taken down recently- as noted by the Plain Dealer political reporter. I’m not sure she’s that much better a choice than Eric Kearny, looking at the FEC site– she still has $106,734.92 in campaign debt from her 2012 run. The videos I made of Sharen on the campaign trail are still on YouTube- and you can see how ineffective she is on the stump.
This is about how much she was in the hole from her 2008 race against Steve Austria that she also lost big.
Although he’s not thrown his hat in the ring, Dennis Kucinich would be better suited to run against Kasich.
My prediction for this team vs. Kasich- lose by 20. 10 if they are lucky.
For those of you who encountered me with an open mind for the first time, thank you.
For those who visited this site to learn about the candidates- you’re welcome.
To the Montgomery County Democratic Party, the State Democratic Party, the AFL-CIO and to Sherrod Brown- stay out of primaries, let the people decide. Maybe if you worked harder at building up your party, and holding fair and honest primaries, you’d have more people running. Every unopposed candidate is a FAIL- and I saw way too many of those today.
To the Fayette County Dems and the Greene County Dems- thank you for your open arms and minds. If I were you, I’d be seceding from OH-10 and the Montgomery Dems as fast as possible. For as long as this district puts you in holy matrimony, your voices will mean little.
To Sharen Neuhardt, you better do better than any of the last 5 softies the party has sent to battle with Turner. You didn’t impress me one iota with your life story.
To Olivia, I want to know your secrets.
To Tom McMasters, please go back to being a Republican, you didn’t fool anyone.
To Ryan Steele- congrats on coming in 2nd in Fayette County, and keep your chin up.
To Mack Van Allen, it’s been a pleasure meeting you, I look forward to working together to change things for the better.
To my readers- I need to take a break for a bit. Let me know if I missed a sign somewhere- or grab it and bring it to the office if you can. I’ll have some commemorative ringer t-shirts for sale soon.
What’s next? I hope to find a race or two in town where I can get all the candidates to work together to hold a well programed, fair and clean election, to prove it can be done. See my post about “The Dayton Process”
Unofficial final – Montgomery County:
Total Votes 15,419
David Esrati 2,296 14.89%
Olivia Freeman 4,102 26.60%
Tom McMasters 1,571 10.19%
Sharen S. Neuhardt 5,338 34.62%
Ryan Steele 1,009 6.54%
Mack Van Allen 1,103 7.15%
Note, read the Republican numbers:
Total Votes 52,584
John D. Anderson 7,800 14.83%
Edward Focke Breen 1,193 2.27%
Mike Turner 43,591 82.90%
Turner got almost 3x the votes in the primary than all Dems together. The Montgomery County Democratic Party “Leadership” should be recalled.
Official final – OH-10
Total Votes 21,035
Sharen S. Neuhardt 7,530
Olivia Freeman 5,380
David Esrati 2,884
Tom McMasters 2,159
Ryan Steele 1,586
Mack Van Allen 1,496
Again- Turner alone has 4x the total votes of all Dems, and the second place finisher has 2x what Sharen received.
Total Votes 79,548
Mike Turner 63,704
John D. Anderson 14,048
Edward Focke Breen 1,796
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For this election, I’ve done my best to keep the voters informed of every candidates’ night, every piece of literature, every news article.
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No other candidate has as much information or has shown the commitment to keeping you informed as I have.
I hope you look at the other 5 candidates, and then ask yourself, who is more likely to represent me in Congress? Who will do the best job telling me what’s going on in Congress once he’s there? And who won’t take money from PACs, Special Interest Groups or lobbyists. I’m planning on running a true grassroots campaign against Mike Turner, not spending more than $100,000 to wage the ultimate political guerrilla campaign. I will work extremely hard and smart in the next six-months to remind people what a “representative” does. We’ve not seen either Edward Breen or Mike Turner at a single candidate night so far. That should tell you something.
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I’m in a 6 way primary with Olivia Freeman, Ryan Steele, Tom McMasters, Sharen Neuhardt and Mack Van Allen.
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Bio: Life-long Ohioan, daughter of a Dayton policeman, granddaughter of a city firefighter. Grew up in Northwest Dayton, attended Dayton public schools, graduated from Northwestern University and Georgetown law school, and returned to Dayton to practice business law at Thompson Hine LLP.
Question 1: How will you deal with the continuing costs of military actions and the costs of domestic needs?
Answer 1: The federal government needs to get its house in order. We need to raise revenues by growing our economy and by reforming our income tax system. We need to cut our national debt. If we spend everyone’s tax dollars more wisely and efficiently, there is no reason why we can’t have a strong defense and attend to our domestic needs as well. Our troops and tax dollars should be committed to military actions only as a last resort and only when the objectives are well-defined.
Question 2: What are the most important issues in this race?
Answer 2: This race will be about jobs, restoring our economic security, and protecting and strengthening Miami Valley workers and families. We also need new voices to break the stalemate in Washington, and this election gives voters the opportunity to replace their current representatives who have been putting politics ahead of country. We deserve much more from our representatives in Congress than what we’ve been getting.
The OH-10 district covers Montgomery and Greene counties and part of Fayette County. It is the district that has defaulted to Mike Turner, since Steve Austria who shared part of this district dropped out on the second filing deadline. This brought the entry of his first opposition in 2008, Sharen Neuhardt who didn’t file on the first deadline.
Ms. Neuhardt raises a lot of money from anyone and anywhere. She hires professional fundraisers out of DC- also known as bundlers. Her first action on the campaign trail wasn’t to print literature or put up a real website- but to hire a campaign manager.
This is despite the fact that she got trounced by Steve Austria, getting only 3% more of the vote than Bill Connor who ran in 2006, spending 48x less money running against the mighty incumbent Dave Hobson who spent twice what Austria did. We put together a video of Ms. Neuhardt complaining about gerrymandering and then showed the facts in this post: It wasn’t gerrymandering that sank Sharen Neuhardt
Candidate Ryan Steele pushed the question of why she didn’t file the first time, and why she blames gerrymandering and does she want to be a congressman and represent him- or is she just in it to win at the Fayette County Democratic Party Dinner. She declined to respond. Here is the video:
So far the Montgomery Democratic Party has batted 0-5 against Mike Turner, sending a series of boring candidates to run against him. Sharen Neuhardt fits that description to a T.
Here is a compiled video of her campaign speeches:
Her entire speech is:
I was born in Dayton
My father was a Dayton Policeman
I went to Fairview high school
I went to Northwestern
I went to Georgetown law
I’m a business attorney
My husband and I bought a farm in Greene County
I learned from my 2008 campaign that a Democrat shouldn’t run in a gerrymandered district.
You can watch the speeches one after another here.
Neuhardt, 60, lives on a farm near Yellow Springs and practices business law for the firm Thompson Hine. She won the 2008 Democratic primary for the 7th U.S. House District, but lost the general election race to Steve Austria. She has been endorsed this year by the Montgomery County Democratic Party.
Neuhardt said one way the government can help the economy is by avoiding the near-shutdowns of the past two years over the debt ceiling and tax decisions. She said government contractors have had to start and stop work because of political gamesmanship, and all businesses struggle to prepare for last-minute changes in tax withholding rates because of temporary fixes rather than long-term solutions.
She said her career as a business lawyer would help her create compromise in Washington, as she has brokered deals between companies where “neither side gets 100 percent of what they want.”
Neuhardt said America needs more tax revenue, and it needs to come from the wealthy. She would support an increased rate on the top tax bracket, saying most in that bracket don’t object to paying more, but object to “the government wasting their money.” She said America’s tax code needs to be simplified.
Neuhardt said giving the president a line-item veto on budget items would be a good way to reduce our debt, because giant spending bills come before Congress, containing a multitude of provisions that wouldn’t pass if considered on their own. She said efforts to improve the local economy need to be broad based.
“We have to …make sure the Air Force base is strong and flourishing,” Neuhardt said. “But not everybody can work at the base. We have to do a good job of reaching out to businesses that are already located in the Miami Valley and asking them to invest more here. What will it take for you to put that next factory here instead of Indiana?”
Neuhardt is facing 5 other Democrats in the 2012 Primary, David Esrati, Olivia Freemen, Tom McMasters, Ryan Steeele and Mack Van Allen.
Typically, I try to be unbiased in my reporting on my opposition, however, of all the candidates I’ve ever run against she seems the most disconnected from the general public, the most arrogant and the least prepared of any candidate I’ve seen that’s been taken seriously. She has also been endorsed by the Ohio AFL-CIO who didn’t bother to contact me. She recently sent a mailer to some households with a photo of Sherrod Brown and quote that may have come from her 2008 run. It was paid for and mailed by the Ohio Democratic Party- a group of which, despite being a precinct captain, I’ve never had a call from.
In my opinion a vote for Neuhardt is a vote for Mike Turner, because she has demonstrated zero ability on the campaign trail to challenge or respond to any other candidates. As a person, she’s absolutely charming and nice. I’m sure she’s a competent business attorney.
If you don’t want her to win, please consider a donation to my campaign, or that of any of the others in the field. It’s also not too late to make calls for my campaign: www.5ivepoints.com/electesrati all you need is a phone and a computer.
Bio: Born to a military family, I served stateside during Vietnam. A Wright State Alum, I’ve traveled to Eastern Europe and Africa to promote education. Using my marketing and workforce development skills, I help small businesses grow.
Question 1: How will you deal with the continuing costs of military actions and the costs of domestic needs?
Answer 1: The people must be better informed in world affairs before voting on involvement and without giving our hand away, be kept in the loop. Cut the military to a “surgical staff” which is supported by civilian contractors will increase competitiveness and transparency. Demographic analysis indicates we have enough money to pay for SS and Medicare, et al. The “fire sale” of 2008 was a money laundering scheme transferring ownership and profits to foreign corporations. We must close that gate, then increase global market penetration. Let’s bring manufacturing into the 21st century and provide everything, everywhere and bring “our” money home.
Question 2: What are the most important issues in this race?
Answer 2: People need a “workhorse” not a show horse. I encourage rural and urban intra-district monetary circulation. I created: 9 Square which funds community programming by granstmanship training to 2-3 people from every organization to fulfill their missions. The new Ohio Science Alliance will prepare folks for 21st Century preeminence so everyone gets workforce training, utilizing our science centers and simulation technologies. Weekend Business Bootcamps will start hundreds of new businesses and put thousands of people to work in these vacant buildings across the district and hopefully spawn new industries as well.
Freeman, 56, lives in Fairborn and works as a consultant to small business. She said she has worked in software sales, as a corporate recruiter and as a substitute teacher. She ran unsuccessfully in the 2010 Congressional primary for the 7th district.
Freeman spoke repeatedly about the need to revitalize American manufacturing, describing it as an answer to job woes as well as deficit problems, and saying “anyone who can start a manufacturing business needs to start it today.”
She said the lack of credit available to small businesses is a hurdle to accomplishing this goal and called on credit unions and the U.S. Commerce Department to make more loans available. She said if the government can find money for corporate bailouts, it “bloody well better find money for this.”
Freeman also called for the use of “simulation technology” in education to better prepare students in science curriculums. She is in favor of getting American troops out of Afghanistan, and said she does not believe in cutting entitlement programs, saying once the Baby Boomer wave is past, the programs will be sound again. She said her business experience has prepared her for a bipartisan approach.
“When I am working with companies, I’ve got to work on both sides of the fence, making sure both the city and the contractor are getting their needs met,” Freeman said. “And I am a tough negotiator.”
Click on image to download PDF of Freeman for Congress piece
Olivia ran in 2010 in the OH-7th and had a leftover site that’s a bit odd- which she’s updated, and may be using signs from that run. Her tagline is a bit odd from an ad standpoint- “A workhorse, not a showhorse” as if this is a horse race instead of an election. She’s missed a few candidates nights and has some literature that showed up about the same time McMasters lit showed up (both a few weeks after mine was already out).
Olivia gives you a ticket
Today, while I was distributing literature at churches I hit one church right after Olivia had- I took a picture of her lit under a winsdhield- my mother thought it looked like a parking ticket.
When you watch the videos of Olivia speaking you’ll hear the same thing for the most part- about her age and military experience- she went into the Army in 1973 making her a Vietnam era vet, however she didn’t serve there. You’ll hear she went to Wright State as did her daughter- who she’s quite proud of, who wasn’t supposed to do drugs or have babies (so far so good) and then she’s off on her idea of solving problems by begging corporate America’s foundations out of charitable cash to solve the problems in our community.
Looking at her LinkedIn profile she only has 17 connections and the link to her company website: www.go-solas.com is a dead link. Her work history is also a bit odd:
Next Gen is broken into four business units: Solas Construction helps people get training and experience in the construction industry. We manufacture our own solar power generator providing training and job experience to market disadvantaged and the underemployed. Freeman Educational Engineering, uses simulation technologies and engineering principles to enhance outcomes. Next Gen Communications: still produces software and added products for disaster preparedness. Next Gen Pharmacom: provides jobs in the pharmaceutical and aquaculture industries.
Human Resources GeneralistDrake Center Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Hospital & Health Care industry May 2005 – October 2007 (2 years 6 months)
Brought professional recruiting practices to hospital. Sourced candidates, wrote protocol for recruitment standards, methods and metrics. Created and presented career development courses to ensure captive audience of candidates. Designed employer branding, arranged logistics beyond job fairs. Streamlined application and interview process. Created first HRIS system for hospital. Rated “Excellent” in customer relations and employee advocacy.
Sold over one million dollars in mainframe data encryption software. Developed strategic plan to increase market penetration. Trained sales staff. Taught world-class relationship building. Trade Show Diva. Always came back with great leads. Still hold record for largest single sale.
I’ve heard her speak enough times that I should know what her plans are for Congress- but, I’m still feeling like I’ve not heard anything substantive.
Freeman is one of 6 choices in the Democratic Primary for OH-10, currently held by Mike Turner. The other candidates are Tom McMasters, Ryan Steele, Sharen Neuhardt, Mack Van Allen and me, David Esrati. The primary is March 6, 2012