Dayton City Commission candidates’ nights this week: April 23-25, 2013

Tuesday,  April 23, 2013. the League of Women Voters is holding a mayoral candidates’ night at St. Paul’s, 239 Wayne Ave., at 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE

3pm 24 May fixed time and mayoral only on NW event

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the Northwest Priority Board is hosting a candidates’ night for the Mayoral candidates, at the NW Recreation Center, 1600 Princeton Dr., Dayton, OH 45406 at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013  Linden Heights Community Council is hosting a candidates’ night at St. Anthony School cafeteria, 825 Creighton Ave.- but enter the school off Bowen St., at 7 p.m.

I will be videotaping each of them and posting on YouTube.

The primary (which is really a run-off election), for ALL registered Dayton voters is Tuesday. May 7, 2013. You do not have to declare a political party to vote in this election, it’s nonpartisan.

Thank you for your support

For those of you who believed, thank you.

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

 

Where do I vote? OH-10, Montgomery, Greene and part of Fayette County

The League of Women Voters has an amazing tool online to tell you where your polling place is.

http://www.vote411.org/pollfinder.php

It works nationally, but on Super Tuesday, March 6, 2012, if you live in Ohio, the polls are open from from 6:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M.

Many of our polling places in Montgomery County have changed. Our Congressional district has changed radically. I’ve covered all this on Esrati.com in the past.

Another popular post is how do you vote in a primary- declaring your party affiliation. You can switch parties every primary. Unfortunately, we have a very primitive voting process in Ohio that forces people to limit selection. I’m a proponent of instant run off balloting– but that’s another issue.

In Montgomery County, it’s like the three stooges at the polling places trying to enter your data. They have an optical gun to scan your driver’s license (not a swipe card reader). At my polling place my brand new driver’s license wouldn’t scan. Then they check you on a paper book, enter your driver’s license number, then pull you up on a digital voter poll book- where you can’t see your name displayed- and have you sign on a touch pad, much like a CC swiper. I find this odd- because when you sign on most swipe card readers it tells you what you are signing for.

They then give you a plastic card you can insert in the electronic touch-screen voting machine. It should pull up your party affiliation first. Then you get the slate of candidates and any issues for your location. As always, so many judges running unopposed as well as political party reps.

Besides the 6-way race for Congress, you have a choice on Supreme Court justices- pick one from two, district judges, pick one of two and if memory serves me right- that’s it on the Democratic slate.

I was out early hanging door hangers- and got a call a few hours later. “Hi, My name is Jerry Name Redacted. I just wanted to call to say that the door hanger I got today was the best piece of campaign literature I’ve ever seen terrific.” He left his phone number and e-mail. Made it all worth while.

I’m still fielding calls back from the Robo-call. If you got a call from 937.985.1312 it’s my congressional candidate hotline. I’ll answer as many as I can.

Please vote- and tell you friends.

David Esrati for Congress 2012 – OH-10

This is my site. If you want to learn everything about me, my positions, see my videos, you are going to need to look at more than just this post. I’ve been posting almost daily since 2005. There are over 1,900 posts and over 18,000 comments.

For this election, I’ve done my best to keep the voters informed of every candidates’ night, every piece of literature, every news article.

I’ve created over 60 videos and posted them on a YouTube channel: electesrati

When I first started this campaign I wrote a post: Why Should You Vote For David Esrati for Congress in OH-10

You can find the full Dayton Daily News article and the voters’ guides on my site.

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.

Thank you for coming to my site. No matter what happens on Tuesday, March 6, in the primary, I’ll still be publishing and updating this site, because I’m committed to improving Dayton and our region.

Thank you.

I’m in a 6 way primary with Olivia Freeman, Ryan Steele, Tom McMasters, Sharen Neuhardt and Mack Van Allen.

If you like what you see on this site- please consider making a donation. Thank you.

Sharen Neuhardt for Congress 2012 – OH-10

From the Dayton Daily News voters guide
All candidates were asked to answer these same 2 questions:

Sharen Swartz Neuhardt

Website: www.neuhardtforcongress.com

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.

When asked about where the money came from, early in the campaign, she shifted the conversation to her integrity instead of answering the question. I wrote about it in “Sharen Neuhardt has friends in Strange Places” Here is the video:

Click to download PDF of Sharen Neuhardt Campaign literature

Click to download PDF of Sharen Neuhardt Campaign literature

Her first piece of printed campaign literature showed up at the League of Women Voters candidates night on March 1sthttp://esrati.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=8290&action=edit, even though she didn’t attend. About 70% of it is about her. 10% is about “the issues.” I have the pdf posted at right.

While the Democratic parties in Greene and Fayette county try to run fair and honest primaries to let the voters decide who to endorse, the Montgomery County Democratic Party has a select screening committee that meets behind closed doors– and chose to endorse Ms. Neuhardt based on her “proven ability to raise money” and that they “Believe she can beat Mike Turner.”

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.

In her Dayton Daily News interview, she was given a chance to expand her vocabulary and go in depth, instead of initiatives and concrete solutions, it’s generic politi-speak:

Sharen Neuhardt

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?”

She begins her campaign with a $92,000+ debt from her last run. Her largest contributor were the other lawyers in her firm.

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.