Where oh where is Joe Roberts now?

Dayton, we have a problem.

The last sacrificial lamb to the slaughter by Mike Turner has gone missing. Yes, the one endorsed by the Dayton Daily News:

Joe Roberts also lists education as his top priority, seeking an “overhaul” of “the system.” He points to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown as a role model, and expresses general support of the Democratic “platform.”

He is a political consultant, saying he has worked for such low-profile candidates as Stephanie Studebaker and Dr. Mark MacNealy (who each briefly put their names up to run against Rep. Turner). Dr. MacNealy is the fellow whose withdrawal resulted in this special election.

Mr. Roberts has been involved in political causes (immigration reform, Barack Obama, Israel) for a long time, or at least long for his age, 25….

The best choice is Mr. Roberts, though, like Mr. Fogle, he would be a better choice for a lower-level job.

via Editorial: Joe Roberts best Dem bet in 3rd District primary | A Matter of Opinion.

via DDN picks the sacrificial lamb.

Turns out, he skipped town on the property owner who leased him his campaign headquarters on Wayne Avenue. She’s a single mother- and would like the $3,300 in unpaid rent and electric bills. Good news for Joe- the limit in small claims is $3,000, so he gets a $300 discount.

Apparently, he’s in Maine- somewhere Boston. If you know his whereabouts, please contact me so I can pass his info on to the landlord so she can take him to small claims court.

The smell of blood atracts a crowd to the Ohio-10 race, including David Esrati

I don’t have the official list of candidates for the new Congressional District OH-10, made up of OH-3 currently held by Republican Mike Turner and OH-7 currently held by Steve Austria, but if the Montgomery County Board of Elections approves all petitions turned in as of 3:45pm today (that’s 15 minutes before deadline) there will be 4 Republican candidates and 7 Democrats.

I’ll update you later on the exact figures and give you the complete list of names.

  • John D. Anderson 6904 Joseph Dr. Enon 45323 REP
  • Steve Austria 2537 Obetz Dr. Beavercreek 45434 REP
  • Edward Breen  213 Ernshaw Dr. Kettering 45429 REP (possibly the son of former Dayton Mayor, Edward G Breen, andlater congressman- he wrote a book about his dad- see link. note, his father was a democrat)

    updated 14 Dec- Horace G. Crawford, Jr.  117 Patton Ave. Dayton 45417 DEM Problems with petitions took him off the ballot

  • David Esrati  113 Bonner St. Dayton 45410 DEM
  • Olivia Freeman  22 W. Goodman Dr. Apt-24 Fairborn 45324 DEM
  • Michael Gardner  4321 Alleghany Trail Jamestown 45335 DEM (Retired, former owner of “Backyard Development” and frequent donor to Dem candidates and causes).
  • Ryan Steele  1421 Meadow Moor Dr. Beavercreek 45434 DEM
  • Michael R. Turner  5815 Stone Lake Dr. Kettering 45429 REP
  • L. Mack VanAllen 220 Kimbary Dr. Centerville 45458 DEM (according to WHIO TV he’s a retired School Teacher)
  • Richard Scott Wharton  7365 Chilli-Lane Rd. Amanda 43102  DEM

As to the Democrats- I don’t see any well known names (other than my own). Note- Mike Turner still is living in Centerville- apparently not moving to Performance Place as he once said.

I’m happy to ask you to volunteer sleuth who these people may be- and to vet them for criminal records etc.

Of course, since the district map and the primary date are still up in the air, none of these petitions may ultimately get any of these candidates on the ballot. This deadline was for the March 6 primary using the map that only the Republicans have agreed on. Once the courts step in, everything will change.

Most likely, these petitions and their filing fees will be rejected, and the same candidates will be asked to refile with yet another date on the petition and a whole new set of signatures.

None of these 11 candidates’ names will be officially on the ballot until Tuesday at 11 am when the Board of Elections meets to validate and approve the petitions.

Of news to me, there are now 5 recognized minority parties in Ohio- all with 50 signature requirements, who would have to follow the same guidelines:

This was because the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit found Ohio’s laws for political party formation and ballot access were unconstitutional (Libertarian Party of Ohio v Blackwell.

If you want to run as an independent, you can file on the day before the primary, with 2,650 valid voter signatures (harder to do than you think). The good news for both minority parties and independents is that you can have any voter sign.

And while this election looks to be a circus in the new OH-10, it’s no worse than the circus we currently have in Congress where discourse, debate and diplomacy have been thrown out the window for partisan party politics.

Of course, if we moved to Instant Runoff Balloting, we could skip all this winnowing down of candidates and start having real choices on the ballot.


The forum of the people of Dayton? esrati.com

I get inspiration from the readers of this site. I also get tips, kudos, slammed and damned. All of it OK, as long as it’s raising the level of discussion and making people think about things that aren’t necessarily on the top of people’s stuff-I-should-about list.

The recent post about the Downtown Dayton Partnership requesting the Occupy Dayton people to leave Courthouse Square during their Christmas tree lighting now has more than 200 comments. While some may scoff that it’s really driven by a half-dozen people having a pissing match, I read every comment and it makes me think as well. It’s part of the reason posts haven’t been as frequent lately (the other part is that the services of The Next Wave and my “honey-do” list have been in high demand recently).

In the course of the comments, reader Pat Offenberger, a man I’ve only met a few times via my runs for Dayton City Commission, said this about this site:

here, we’re given pretty free rein by David Esrati. I don’t know David well, and he and I disagree for a large part on politics, but I feel blessed that he has the same attitude about political discussions that I do, we can disagree, but there is no need to become disagreeable to each other. We can continue until we come to the fact we CAN agree to disagree. Another quality of David I admire is, though he has considerable more higher education than I do, he’s classy enough to hold a discussion without “talking down” to his lesser educated opponent. And he follows the credo that I was taught is the true test of an educated person. That you should be able to discuss things with people of your own level of education without boring them, or to a person with minimal education without making them feel they are stupid.

via Occupy Dayton IS the “Grande Illumination”.

Elections Not Auctions stickerTo me, this is what’s missing in politics in America. With our current system of auctions, instead of elections, screaming and sound bites have taken over civil discussion and debate. We’re looking at $4 billion being spent on “mass media” on 30-second mud-slinging at a time when we really don’t have time for it. The media has mocked the Occupy Wall Street movement, for many reasons, the main one probably being that this movement isn’t about to spend money running ads on Fox.

What’s missing in Washington, as well as in the Statehouse and even locally is a return of reason. The way to solve problems isn’t to become more disagreeable with each other- but to have a discussion that’s all inclusive.

Our local media has failed to grasp the importance of this dialog with their consumers/constituents/community. The only place to comment left with the obsolete Dayton Daily News online platform is via Facebook- and there it is even limited since all parts of the paper aren’t available online (a recent Op-Ed piece about local artist, and friend of mine, James Pate and his Kin-Killing-Kin series on black-on-black violence solicited comments- without providing an easy to find place to comment- my link is to a 2009 story about James). There are ways to engage a community through comments, using moderation software or building a system of registered users, but apparently, that’s not in Cox’s vision. And although the paper has improved vastly since January 2011 when the new regime took over; the recent article on Alaska Native Corporations being a shell for beltway bandits in government contracting and the expose of hospital billing practices are both great examples of real journalism, the one way direction of discussion is shortchanging this community.

I only have a few rules here for comments: use the same nick name when commenting- without making it an attack (Esratiisadog is not acceptable). Do not call each other names, although I allow people to call me names- I will edit slams of each other in ways you won’t like as the final voice on this site. Do not make accusations against others- without demonstrating that they are grounded, or informing me privately of your sources. I do try to follow up on all leads- and do attempt to verify stories of wrong-doing with my network of trusted sources. To those of you who have helped shed light on so many of the follies of the monarchy of Montgomery County I, and the people of our community, are incredibly grateful. I’ve managed to protect your identities and will continue to do so.

Esrati.com has been online since Jan. 21, 2006. I’ve average a post every .86 days and you’ve contributed 8.02 comments per day- making this site more yours than mine. It’s been my hope, through my many attempts in running for elected office, to help set an example of what a modern elected representative could do to stay connected with the people they are supposed to serve. So far, it hasn’t worked. So, once again, today I’m going down to the Board of Elections to get petitions for a congressional run in a district that is undefined on a date that isn’t determined so that the people can have a choice to vote for someone who believes their voices should be heard above those who’ve been buying elections and influence. I have until tomorrow at 4 to turn in 50 “approvable” signatures of registered Democrats and a filing fee. I should have the petitions by noon- if you want to stop by 100 Bonner Street to sign, the help would be welcome.

The reason I included this little news release in the bigger story of this site serving as a forum for the people, is because I don’t believe running for office to be any more newsworthy than any of you applying for a job. The only thing that would be newsworthy is if by some miracle, the people did elect me and finally have a representative who believes in discussion and debate, wjo posted every working day of his term- what he did, what he heard and what really goes on in Congress. It is supposed to be the “House of Representatives” after all, and I believe I’d do a better job representing the people than the current corporate puppet we have in Ohio 3.

Thank you for being a reader and a contributor all these years.

Montgomery County Commissioners on OH-3: sanity check

The 2000 OH-3 map showing gerrymandering across 4 counties

The 2000 OH-3 map showing gerrymandering across 4 counties

When the 3rd Congressional district was last gerrymandered as it was passed from Tony Hall to Mike Turner by the powers that be, it went from a compact, reasonable district that roughly matched Montgomery County boundaries to a sprawling mess that looks like a monkey with an etch-a-sketch tried to draw something and it was superimposed across SW Ohio.

The current district, which so oddly was carved around Mike Turner’s former home on Huffman Avenue, now requires a candidate to buy media in 4 markets to reach all the voters (yep- Dayton, Cincy, Columbus and Chillicothe),

1990 version of OH-3 map

The nice compact 1990 OH-3 map

So instead of moving back to a sane, functional district, our three “Democratic County Commissioners” Dodge, Foley and Lieberman, apparently like handing off the Third to Mr. Turner according to today’s Dayton Daily News:

Montgomery County leaders made a plea to Gov. John Kasich to keep the 3rd Congressional District intact with no further split as part of the redistricting process.

In the last redistricting in 2001, Montgomery County was divided, with about 22 percent going into the 8th District and the remainder being retained in the 3rd District, Commission President Debbie Lieberman and Commissioners Judy Dodge and Dan Foley wrote in an Aug. 15 letter to the governor.

“Any further split or splits could have a devastating impact on Montgomery County and the city of Dayton,” the letter stated. “…We strongly believe that our county and our citizens are best served when represented predominantly by one member of Congress who is able to focus on the totality of our community.”

via Commissioners urge Kasich to preserve 3rd District.

As someone who has run for the seat, I can tell you that it’s an incredibly difficult district to canvass and cover. It also leans Republican, just like almost all SW Ohio congressional districts.

For the County Commissioners NOT to be lobbying to return to something more manageable should make one think about their own suitability for office, before re-electing any of them.

The Montgomery County Democratic Party eats its own

Democratic Slate card 2010 PDF

Strahorn, Foley and Keith think they are more important than Fisher, Roberts and Coussoule

Strahorn, Foley and Keith think they are more important than Fisher, Roberts and Coussoule

The Ohio “Democratic Party” is distributing a voting slate card (dummy voter card) that prominently features local party hack Vice Chairman Karl Keith on the front with Governor Ted Strickland, but entirely leaves out Strickland’s former lieutenant governor Lee Fisher who is running for the open senatorial seat vacated by Republican George Voinovich.  Or the two congressional candidates, Joe Roberts for Ohio 3 and Justin Coussoule in Ohio 8.

Does this mean they don’t care if right-wing Republican Rob Portman wins the seat? We know they don’t care if Turner returns- never having given him serious opposition.

When I first posted this, I was quickly chastised for not knowing the rules of funding federal candidates, since the local party doesn’t have a Federal PAC, they can’t list the federal candidates without them paying pro-rata share. I took the post down. I have since been informed that the party used to get around this by “having the state party pay for it out of their federal PAC” – and since this piece says it was paid for by the state party- it means either the state party doesn’t think it worth it to support Fisher, Roberts or Coussoule- or are there are other reasons?

The Democratic Slate card missing congressional candidates

Federal candidates be damned. We're all about the monarchy of Montgomery County

Fisher’s point person in the County is none other than Dayton City Commissioner Nan Whaley, a dilettante who believes herself to be a debutante. Considering that local party chairman Mark Owens and Vice Chairman Karl Keith worry more about their re-elections than pushing a true Democratic ticket, it may be the reason this piece puts a county auditor’s mug shot on the front instead of the Senate candidate.

Rob Portman’s election to the Senate is far more dangerous to all Dems in the county – with his likely vote against universal health care or troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. Karl Keith losing to Harry Bossey as auditor has zero import in the grand scheme of things.

As a reminder, these people vote, and will be out in force on Tuesday- should they have their way because the Ohio Democratic Party can’t get its act together?

Let’s go one step further- could it be that given that both Fisher and Roberts are Jewish- is the local party anti-Semitic? Because they can’t pronounce Coussoule – do they not figure a way to put his name on too? Or is it that he “ain’t from around here” that disqualifies him?

The Montgomery County Democratic Party has some serious explaining to do.

It’s time to hold the people at the Montgomery County Democratic Party liable for their ineptitude- and let’s start with the three on the front of this piece with Governor Ted.

For putting Strahorn, Foley and Keith on the front- while leaving off key national positions, these three don’t deserve re-election.

Vote for Bill Beagle (R) for Ohio Senate instead of Fred Strahorn. Strahorn is a nice guy who has been playing political musical chairs to become a lifetime politician. Vacating one’s seat early so the party can slide in another candidate is a practice that should be made illegal. If you step down from a seat, you shouldn’t be able to serve in any other elected position until your full term expires.

Vote for Jan Kelly (R) for County Commissioner instead of Dan Foley. Another nice guy, but one who hasn’t taken any responsibility or action against Ms. Feldman for the many financial scandals in the county. He’s a consummate cover-his-ass-politically instead of doing the right thing. He has been a weak voice among three weak commissioners, failing to pull all the communities into the regional dispatch plan and some would say, as the former County Clerk, he should have caught the exorbitant pay to the sheriffs appraisers. He is also a son of a judge, and has been given preferential treatment by the party since high school. A true blue-blood of the Montgomery County Monarchy, it’s time that he experienced at least ten minutes of employment in the private sector- and not for some company like DP&L as their “community affairs” person.

Vote for Harry Bossey (R) for county Auditor (hopefully, he won’t put his picture as the favicon for the county like Keith does). In the grand scheme of things who the auditor is really doesn’t matter much more than who is elected to  the coroner or the clerk of courts positions. These are elected positions only because Ohio is a back-assward state that has been unable to reform and control government bureaucracy. What is essential here is that Bossey may not turn the auditor’s office into a patronage platform the way he has. Mr. Nan Whaley, Sam Braun, might have to find a real job if Bossey beats Keith. Keith is another governmental lifer who doesn’t have a lick of private-sector experience on his vitae.

No matter what in the choice between Strickland and Kasich, there is no question that Strickland is the better candidate, regardless of the stupidity of the local and state party.

It’s time the local Democratic Party started to act like Democrats instead of a spoiled little bunch of political hacks who’ve enjoyed strong union support for years- giving them the upper hand.

Now, with GM closed- the remaining unions of strength are mostly on government payrolls. Teachers, trash collectors and transit workers might not tolerate this kind of blatant misuse of funds and misrepresentation of the Democratic Party. Time will tell.

Roberts gets outed as clueless hack

I’ll now officially be voting for no one in the race I vacated. Had a Libertarian, a Green, a Socialist- a pumpkin party candidate ran for Congress in OH-3, they would have got my vote, but given the choice between Mike Turner and Joe Roberts, I’d prefer to sit this one out.

With as many things to go after Turner for- Roberts, in his 25-year old wisdom, thinks that calling Turner “No friend of the Jewish people” is a campaign platform. Never mind Turner and his wife should be in prison for their corrupt contractual behavior with the Dayton Development Coalition, Roberts wants to resort to name calling- from the Dayton Jewish Observer:

On Sept. 22, more than 150 members of the local Jewish community received an e-mail with the banner, “Turner is no friend of the Jewish people.”

Two paragraphs down is the statement, “Click here to fight anti-semitism today!” with a direct link to the Joe Roberts for Congress Contribution Form.

Roberts, who identifies as Jewish, is the underdog Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, now running for his fifth term representing Ohio’s Third Congressional District.

The Anti-Defamation League has sent Roberts a private letter of concern about his campaign’s e-mail. Roberts says he regrets that his campaign sent the e-mail but thinks “the message of the e-mail is true.”

According to Roberts, someone with his finance staff sent out the e-mail to a list of 150-180 members of the Dayton Jewish community; Roberts says he only found out the e-mail had been sent when one recipient e-mailed him in response.

via Roberts campaign smears Turner, October 15, 2010.

The Observer has the complete text of the Roberts e-mail. Considering that the paper has refused to mention any of my candidacies in its publication over the years, that it broke this story right before election day says something. Roberts has just joined Republican  Josh Mandel in the sleazy Jewish candidates club.

From my experiences with Mr. Roberts, through the League of Women voters forum (which I posted on YouTube for all to see) to the Dayton Daily editorial interview (which I posted online) Roberts foreshadowed what would be a desperate campaign- by sounding like a rhetoric machine. His job was to be a sacrificial lamb- all he had to do was stick to facts about Turner’s inadequacies- and hope for Turner to make a mistake. He wasn’t going to win- no matter how much money he had- but he could have at least seem like a reasonable alternative for those of us who don’t like Turner. Now even that is gone.

With zero money, and a hopeless campaign- trying to blame his “staff” for sending out a letter like this, instead of taking the responsibility himself, is the ultimate #FAIL in my eyes.

I don’t need a new congressman who can’t say “I screwed up” any more than I need the current screw up.

Centralized defranchisement

Nov 3 2009, DAVID ESRATI 9440 votes. City of Dayton commission race.

July 13 2010 David Esrati 958 votes Democratic special primary, OH-3

add in 50 votes in part of Warren County, no results available in Highland County, and 28 votes in Clinton County with ZERO results on the Secretary of State page and you have the answer on what happens when election officials play with voting.

I’ll make no bones about it- running in OH-3 is a gigantic task. What was once a nice compact district, encompassing Montgomery County and ruled over by Tony Hall for years, has become an uncompetitive mess. To reach the voters in this district via TV would require a media buy of epic proportions- with buys required in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. Luckily the district will be redrawn for the next round, but- the process still hasn’t been decided.

Considering I was just on the ballot in November of last year- and received over 9K votes- losing to an unknown 25 year old was a surprise. Yes, he got the Dayton Daily News endorsement which included their usual dismissal of me, but that still means a lot of people who voted for me before sat home. Yes, parts of Dayton where I ran strong were cut out of this election thanks to the custom crafted Mike Turner district, but there was another factor at play: “Centralized Voting.”

In yet one more allowance of our government to the power of the internal combustion engine, the powers that be decided to use this election as a “test case” for centralized voting. Instead of the normal number of precincts (which was just reduced in redistricting last fall) the State Legislature in a 5am vote decided to allow Montgomery County to open just 4 polling places.

This was to save money– not the democratic process.

Even a State Legislator found that they “didn’t do what the law allowed” when he showed up to vote at Cox Arboretum to vote and was sent to the assigned Fairgrounds location (he claims that people were supposed to be able to go to ANY polling location- which should have been easily possible with the electronic poll books). The number of complaints I heard were many- from Trotwood voters who were told to vote at the Animal Resource Center- who also had to drive their grandmother from Jefferson TWP to the Fairgrounds- to the number of people in Huber Heights who came to vote (including a former Council member there) only to find they are part of John Boehner’s district.

Confusion ruled.

Many voters North were clutching their BOE notification- and said they had gone to the wrong part of Webster Street. And although the BOE had said that all locations were on bus routes- I didn’t see many voters heading to the Fairgrounds location from the bus stop between 6:30 and 9:30 am. Many thought this was going to be where they were going to vote in the future and were really mad.

But the sadder fact was- many just had no clue about the election when I was walking door to door- even though as the smug head of the Montgomery County BOE had told me on more than one occasion “every one got a mailing.”

Let’s talk about mailings

I work in advertising. The general rule of thumb when doing a direct mail campaign to a good targeted list is 2% is an awesome return rate. The BOE sent out cards to 230,000 registered HOUSEHOLDS- not voters in Montgomery County. Considering a 6k voter turnout (being generous) he got his 2% which is amazing- considering the notification made the design of the infamous “butterfly ballot” look like an award winning piece of graphic design. The absentee ballot request form was also a “winner” with over a 10% rejection rate because of it’s poor design. Even the absentee ballot envelope made people question what to do- was it a “special election” or a “primary”? A map on each notice would have helped.

Reality is, if they really wanted to save money- and get you to vote- why not just mail the ballots in the first place like in Oregon.

There were representatives from other counties and equipment makers here to observe the results. Lots of love for the idea of fewer polling locations forcing more people to either drive or vote absentee. If this turnout was supposed to be a validation of the idea of anything other than moving to vote by mail- it failed. MASSIVELY.

The process of voting in America

I’ve often said we have the best politicians money can buy. The process of informing voters has become big business- for the media companies, our supposed “fourth estate.” With newspaper readership dropping, and there still being a digital divide in this country- we’re seeing a move backwards from voting for all to voting only by those with money (advertising isn’t really designed to reach those without money- because they can’t buy anything)- now we’re moving the same way with our elections process.

If we hope to see a return to sanity in the process, the only logical solution is:

  • pay for elections out of tax dollars- eliminating all campaign contributions from the process
  • move to vote by mail
  • create a platform for voter education about candidates by distributing information to all voters equally

The goal of those in the role of elections overseers should be to improve voter participation and education- not just be impartial bean counters. Without these changes, democracy is taking a backseat to the power of the dollar.

To justify my three part solution: we now pay for the error of electing the best advertised or cash backed politician by way of their allegiances now being owed to those who donate to them. Eliminating the leash of the special interests would transform our politicians back into erudite and effective representatives.

Vote by mail takes the issue of the weather out of it. I stood for 4 hours in the pouring rain- to watch very few cars pull up- including one that pulled up- and sat- and left, rather than walk 100 feet in the downpour. Add in all the people who didn’t want to drive miles to the polls and you see my point.

Even with my attempts to educate voters by dropping over 2500 educational, non-partisan postcards all over town- many had no clue about the election. If they had received an informational ballot in a brochure, with a postage paid return ballot, many more would have voted.

I’m assuming if you are still reading this, you aren’t thinking this is just a sour grapes post. But here is my one statement of culpability in this colossal exercise in futility: The Boards of Elections in the counties that closed polling places failed miserably by NOT POSTING A SIGN AT THE NORMAL POLLING PLACES directing voters to their centralized location- like I posted early on election day (I thought that this was the case- up until 4:45 the day before the election). In fact- I had more than a few voters leave the polling place with a sign- with their centralized location circled- and a piece of tape- to post at their normal polls.

To me- this was the nail that closed the coffin on the “centralized polling” experiment- without doing this- the process was invalid.

Am I ok with losing? Will I bounce back to tilt at windmills again? I’ll leave that up to you. Maybe I should set a threshold of $10k has to be in the kitty before my next race, or I don’t run. Would I still like to run the Dayton Process– yes. Can I afford to take the time to do it? I won’t know for a while. The toll these campaigns has taken on my business has been real. Running for office isn’t easy for those with other responsibilities. We’re almost forced by the process we have to only be able to run those of means.

I wish Mr. Roberts the best in the bi-annual slaughter of the lambs- unless Turner gets caught in a wide stance or with cash in the freezer- he’ll be re-elected with a 20 point margin again.

To all my supporters, especially: Brian W. Brien D. Greg H. Josh S. Rick R. Mike R. and the people who donated- Thank you. To my incredible partner Teresa- I’m the luckiest man alive. To the people who continue to vote for me- I apologize for letting my opinions get in the way of getting elected- even if you agree with them. If there is one thing I should learn by now- voters seem to like less than more.

This is post 1507 on this site. There are 13,618 comments on this site. It’s been an honor to be a part of the community in this way for the last 4 years. I hope you get a representative elected some day who believes in this form of communication and uses it effectively to connect with voters to represent them with dignity and respect.

mea culpa mes amis, hasta la vista, sayonara

Sign for your regular polling place

I should have thought of this earlier. If you would like to help stop the confusion- please print this sign- take it to your normal polling place and tape it on the door. Circle the polling place you have been assigned.

Thank you.

Polling places PDF for print

Click on image to download PDF for printing

Thank you for helping out. The election for Ohio 3 is today, July 13, 2010. You have three choices to select from. See previous posts to help you decide.

Thank you for voting.

Polling places for July 13 Special primary election for OH-3

Originally published Jun 10 2010- updated today, 12 July 2010

The four polling places in Montgomery County will be:

I’ll have physical addresses later- along with polling times and rules.

To determine where to vote in Montgomery county- use their “Finder” http://www.mcohio.org/boe/voter_information/polling_location_finder.cfm

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., please bring valid ID. You can vote early today at the Montgomery County BOE in the basement of the Montgomery County Building: 451, W. Third Street, Dayton OH 45481 until 4 p.m.

The three candidates are: David Esrati (you’re on my site), Guy N. Fogle 10484 South Union Rd., Dayton, 45342, and Joe Roberts 308 E. Dorothy Lane, Dayton, 45419. No other petitions turned in.

This is to elect a Democrat to the November ballot to face Republican incumbent Mike R. Turner in OH-3 for Congress.

If you want to vote absentee (it’s too late to request absentee)- they will have a request for the form online at: http://www.mcohio.org/boe/voter_information/absentee_voting/absenteeform.cfm

Note THIS SITE IS NOT SECURE- therefore, I recommend only enter your birthday or any other non-secure info (leave out your driver’s license and last 4) then print it out- and fill those in by hand. Believe it or not- to receive a ballot- they insist on a original signature. Then make sure you mail it to the correct board of elections (the form will work in Warren, Highland or Clinton County).

If you don’t have the money for a stamp, you can call 937-228-4433 and I’ll be out to pick it up and hand deliver to the BOE. I’m now told only immediate family may deliver ballots or requests. I’ll supply postage if need be. Same goes for your ballots. This process is a way to disenfranchise poor voters who can’t find transportation to the polls or afford postage.

I will offer to drive people to polls- call 228-4433 to schedule.

We are still waiting for the Montgomery County Board of Elections to certify the names to go on the ballot- at their meeting tomorrow, Friday, 11 June, 2010, at their 1 p.m. board meeting.


The bid to print the notification mailing was closed yesterday at 9:30 a.m. Bids were taken off the Montgomery County printing vendor list.

The Montgomery County BOE has to invest in new electronic poll books, and ballot on demand printers to pull this off. This process has never been done before. How well the results will stand up to legal scrutiny after the fact will be interesting.

Warren County will have its normal polling places open – for the parts of Warren that are in OH-3 You can find what Congressional district you are in here: http://voterfind.tzo.org/warrenoh/vtrlookup.aspx

You can early vote today: 406 Justice Drive Lebanon, OH 45036-2394 (513) 261-1358 Until 4:00 pm.


Highland County:

Highland County Board of Elections is holding special hours to accommodate early voters and questions. The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and prior to July 10, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The office will resume its regular schedule the week following the election.

For more information, contact the office at (937) 393-9961

via County to open two voting centers for 3rd Congressional District special election – The Highland County Press – Hillsboro, Ohio.

The Greenfield center will be held at the Good Shepherd Church, located at 12920 state Route 28 West in Madison Township, Greenfield Ohio 45123 (note- paper had a typo on address- it is correct here.)

The Hillsboro center will be located at the High Tec Center at 1575 N. High Street Hillsboro Ohio 45133 where the board of elections is located.

via County to open two voting centers for 3rd Congressional District special election – The Highland County Press – Hillsboro, Ohio.

The polling places will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 on July 13, but you can early vote today, the 12th at the BOE- until 5pm.

Clinton County

The Board of Elections has a PDF up that lists the four polling locations and the precincts assigned to them here:


You can vote today in Clinton until 4pm:

Clinton County Board of Elections 46 S. South Street, 1st Floor County Court House Wilmington, OH 45177

(937) 382-3537 www.electionsonthe.net/oh/Clinton

UPDATE: 5:25 PM 12 July 2010

Montgomery County had 5707 absentee ballots requested 3346 are in so far. Counting begins tomorrow- first posted results at 7:30 PM. All results from Montgomery County should be posted by 9pm since there are only 4 polling places.


Military and overseas votes won’t be final until 25 days after. Appx 300 were requested.

Results will have to be tabulated by visiting all 4 BOE sites until late election day when a complete total will be posted on the Secretary of State site- as well as Montgomery County.

Support these restaurants that deliver democracy

So far, my little grassroots effort to get restaurants to deliver a little bit of democracy- a non-partisan postcard with the candidates names, pictures and websites, along with voting info Delivering democracy small pdf has been supported by these restaurants:

  • Dayton’s Original Pizza Factory: 224-4477
  • Dragon China 293-3888
  • Pie Pizzeria 228-4PIE
  • Submarine House Brown Street 222-7939
  • West Carrollton Marathon drive thru by CarMax
  • Sushi cafe
  • Marcos Pizza West Carrolton
  • Papa Johns West Carrollton
  • Donatos West Carrollton
  • Orchid Garden West Carrollton 866-2254
  • Halal International Grocers – both locations
  • Gyro Palace Centerville
  • 3 Dips Ice Cream Shop Miamisburg 247-5914
  • Milano’s Brown Street 222-7072
  • Ron’s Pizza House Miamisburg 866-4321
  • Pappa’s Pizza Palace Miamisburg 866-3392
  1. FoodCity is delivering democracy to the Bass http://twitpic.com/24h7wh 37 minutes ago via TweetDeck
  2. Carryout has democracy inside http://twitpic.com/24h4fs about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
  3. Bingo Drive Thru is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24h28d about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
  4. JJ’s fish & Chicken has democracy available for pickup http://twitpic.com/24h12d about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
  5. Superior Drive Thru is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24gyxn about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
  6. The Quick Stop is delivering democracy! about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
  7. Casano’sin Drexel is making democracy available for pickup http://twitpic.com/24gt5o about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
  8. Drexel Gas Mart is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24gqf7 about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
  9. Drexel drive thru is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24gotn about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
  10. Domino’s is making democracy available for pickup! http://twitpic.com/24gl7d about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
  11. Fortune Drive Thru is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24gjg8 about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
  12. Delphos carryout is delivering democracy http://twitpic.com/24ggly about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
  13. Christy’s drive thruis delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24gepz about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
  14. Rut’s is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24gdjj about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
  1. Ray’s drive thru is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24j807 30 minutes ago via TweetDeck
  2. Red House is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24j5pg 32 minutes ago via TweetDeck
  3. Main drive thru is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24j4ia 42 minutes ago via TweetDeck
  4. Northtoen drive thru is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24j3a9 about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
  5. China Cottage is serving up democracy! about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
  6. Cork n brew is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24iiei about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
  7. Szechuan Taste is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24iftn about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
  8. Ray’s drive thru is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24i8cv about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck
  9. UDF at Brown St is helping delive democracy http://twitpic.com/24i5jt about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck
  10. Germantown plaza is delivering democracy! http://twitpic.com/24h97y about 5 hours ago via TweetDeck

Please support these restaurants this weekend- and if you know a restaurant who would want to participate- leave a comment and we’ll deliver Democracy flyers to you.

This may be an unorthodox way to spread the word- but this is an unorthodox election- and I’m not your typical candidate.

Thanks- and remember- only 4 polling locations in Montgomery County this Tuesday!

If you do patronize these businesses- tell them Esrati sent you- and thanks for delivering Democracy.