The non-candidates mayoral forum


April 16, 2013, here is the video-  edited version with just the candidates who made it on the ballot

I just returned from the oddest candidates night of them all- 2 hours of people who may not be on the ballot, talking about what they won’t be able to do anything about if they got elected Mayor.

The meeting was at New Zion Missionary Baptist church at 3426 W. 2nd Street just a block from the Delphos split. The parking lot was rather full as I pulled up a few minutes after 6- with the customary parking lot guards in attendance. It’s one of the sad facts of life on the West Side of Dayton that churches have to pay guards to watch the parking lots. It’s a safety tax that goes along with the iron bar style screen door that you don’t see in East Dayton.

The church wasn’t listed on Foursquare yet- but it is now. I was taking notes and filming- so no tweets. I’m probably one of the few candidates who actually runs their own twitter account.

The line up on the program was long, those in red didn’t make it:

  • Lary E. Ealy
  • Derek O. Folley (aka Foley)
  • Eric L. Gregory
  • Gary Leitzell
  • Joseph C. Lutz
  • Marcus J Rech
  • Dashawn P. Romine
  • Diane B. Sloan
  • AJ Wagner
  • Nan L. Whaley

That’s 10. Lucky for us- only 6 showed up. Questions were first delivered by random draw from a basket, then from the InnerWest Priority Board, the Dayton Unit NAACP, then area pastors and then the audience. Questions weren’t answered by all- and the process of who got what and time limits were always awkward.

Derrick Foward of the NAACP made a point to identify Whaley, Wagner and Leitzell as lifetime members of the group and also that they don’t endorse, but will identify candidates they don’t feel are qualified. As a note, lifetime memberships start at $750, easy to pay if you are Nan or AJ and use your campaign funds which are huge. To me this reeked of “pay to play” politics. My standing answer on joining groups is to quote Groucho Marx “I wouldn’t be a member of any organization that would have me as a member.” I had to repeat that to Derrick twice before he got it and smiled.

The “candidates” got 5 minutes each to give a intro speech. There wasn’t anything remarkable said, except the left field idea from Derek Folley about building metro rail from Richmond to Dayton. The questions were mostly softball and pointless.

Note, the only two candidates in attendance were Nan Whaley and myself. The only other candidate that’s certified is Joey Williams.

The mayor and the city manager don’t create jobs. Neither does the Federal Government- at least not efficiently. Asking people how they’d create jobs in West Dayton is just opening the door for stupid to walk in. The one kind of jobs the Commission could create is hiring more police to make the city safer, but that question wasn’t asked- nor was how does buying 2 buildings for $450,000 each makes our city better.

The reality is our city isn’t even capable of hiring the best, brightest and most experienced police- because we have a policy of only hiring from our academy- a process that has failed us and cost us. This question never gets asked.

Then the questions of the murders and should we ban guns. We had a gun ordinance that Tony Capizzi tried to put on the books- it’s not something that can be done at a local level. It’s like asking the clerk at the checkout lane in Kroger to build a new store- you’re talking to the wrong people. The real issue is safety in the neighborhoods, and there are real answers to this- they just won’t come from your standard political stump speech- unless it’s given by me.

There was a lot of talk about jobs for felons. You’d think everyone on the West side had a rap sheet. The main problem here is the failed “war on drugs”- again not something local commissioners can do much about- except stop charging people for minor pot possession.

Nan Whaley even took credit for the Dayton Works Plus program for reentry, yet, when I’ve talked to people who’ve tried to get Nan’s help with downsizing bid packages, they got no where. When they called Mayor Leitzell, they got almost an instant response and help.

Then there was the question of why most of the retail businesses on the West side were being run by people that didn’t speak English. No one said you have a choice on what businesses to support, or that the issue again comes down to risk and safety, but Leitzell did talk about entreprenurial education in the schools and Gregory talked about the failures of the SBA to work with small businesses and that the demise of the Savings and Loan industry has hurt small business.

I asked the first question from the audience- and directed it to Nan. No, it wasn’t about the push poll, because it’s not good form to embarrass the young lady in front of a big audience, so I asked about why she hadn’t put changing the petition process on the ballot, since she’s been on for two charter revisions. She did admit that the notarization process could go- but that was as far as she went. Never mind that we can’t change the charter or recall commissioners as voters, thanks to obsolete language and fuzzy logic on voter rolls.

After, there was “fellowship and food” for all. Whaley didn’t stick around long. Folley didn’t engage much. I sat down and talked with people about substantive change, the kinds of things I talk about on this site, and even found a few readers. At the end, AJ, Leitzell and Gregory were still working the people who were still there.

I’m not going to post video of all the candidates- we’ll wait to see who gets on the ballot first, plus, I need to focus on getting my literature done and ready for the pancake breakfast this Sunday.

If I met you at the event, please, leave a comment- and ask me the questions that you wanted to hear answers from the candidates tonight- or how I’d answer them different.

This is my way of engaging- it’s open to all.


Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, Mar 3rd 2013

I learned this from Gary Leitzell. Open your home, serve pancakes, raise money.
However, I make way better pancakes than Gary. It’s one of my semi-secret skills- buttermilk pancakes from scratch- the secret is sifting the cake flour twice and not beating the batter too much.

This Sunday:

Pancake Breakfast

Come to the candidates house, watch him cook his famous buttermilk pancakes from scratch, eat as much as you can stand, make a donation- $5 suggested minimum.


March 3rd, 2013 9:00 AM through 1:00 PM

Location: 113 Bonner Street Dayton, OH 45410

Please click the link below to register- you don’t have to pay until you get here.

via Pancake Breakfast — Elect Esrati: Democrat for Dayton City Commission financed by “We the people”.

And, there is a Chicken Parmigiana dinner the following Saturday, March 9th at my house- for the first 12 donors who make reservations. Minimum donation is $125

I’ll be cooking, serving and then giving a short presentation of my plan for Dayton and sharing the new literature for the first time.

Register here:


Dayton Daily shows bias and amateur journalistic skills

There is a reason Gary Leitzell has learned not to talk to the media in Dayton- they play favorites, misquote, fail to attribute and generally skew the news. The push poll story was a perfect example of why when he does, it’s a waste of time.

It’s always been known that Cox lives for fear. “If it bleeds, it leads” was the subject of a short documentary done by some WSU film students almost 30 years ago- and it continues today with “ScareCenter 7” and the DDn.

For example, in today’s article about Nan Whaley’s push poll, which Dayton first learned about on, there is no link or mention of this site. The story does have a link to Gary’s site (note it’s a general link- and not to the actual article so it will prove useless over time, unfortunately, the site is on the blogger platform and I can’t do any better the  correct link is  and uses one of the poll questions which refers to something Gary said on my site (which I linked to in my article).

“I am disgusted,” Leitzell posted on “Commissioner Whaley has disgraced herself and has proven that she can never be a role model for our children. She really needs to apologize to the citizens of Dayton for attempting to divide the community.”

One of the poll questions included the statement, “Leitzell recently commented on a blog that he wants to raise his pay as mayor to $90,000 a year.”Leitzell said Whaley should “probably resign her seat as City Commissioner because she is not acting in the best interests of the city and should be ashamed of what she is allowing to happen.”

One of the poll questions included the statement, “Leitzell recently commented on a blog that he wants to raise his pay as mayor to $90,000 a year.”

The mayor said he had jokingly posted a comment on a local blog that his aide had resigned and that he would love to get paid more to handle his own scheduling.

Leitzell wrote, “If the people want to pay me $90,000 so my wife can quit work and be a stay at home mom and full time educator I could handle it. Even if I had to print all those proclamations and type out the marriage certificates myself.

via Poll angers Dayton mayor candidates |

I’m also leaving in the repeated content that still appeared on the DDn site this AM despite me telling their staff it was repeated last night.

At the end of this article is also makes reference to “Whaley and Wagner are both Democrats, who face-off in the May primary.”

To be perfectly correct, there is no May primary in the Dayton City Commission or Mayor’s race yet. So far only Nan has turned in enough signatures to appear on the ballot for Mayor and Joey Williams and David Esrati are the only candidates for Commission. It will take at least 2 more candidates certified for Mayor and 4 more certified for Commission to have a primary. Also note, despite David Esrati actually qualifying for the ballot, the only coverage has been a single tweet by “Ohio Politics” which belongs to the Dayton Daily. When Darryl Fairchild “announced” he was running for City Commission, he got a story, top front of the local section, with a photo– despite not having turned in petitions and eventually dropping out of the race when the Democratic Party told him it wasn’t his time- and endorsed Jeff Mims.

For a full list of POTENTIAL candidates for Mayor and Dayton City Commission in 2013, I’ve tried to keep a list here:

In another article in today’s paper, about the senseless shooting of a 13 year old by an ex-con, the paper quotes North West Priority Board Chair, David Greer:

David Greer, longtime chairman of Dayton’s Northwest Priority Board, said the community is upset about the recent rash of shootings.

“The senselessness of it all is what one can’t put their finger on,” Greer said. “It’s unfortunate that so many feel that they have to use guns to settle differences.”

via Police seek ex-con in shootings of 2 teens.

No mention that Mr. Greer is also a candidate for Dayton City Commission, at least by the same standard that both AJ Wagner and Gary Leitzell are candidates for Mayor in that they’ve taken out petitions.

Despite this blog breaking major news on a regular basis (unpaid, uncompensated) it has never been referenced in the Dayton Daily news- and never had a link placed in an article. The Qbase political contribution scandal started here- the DDn got the story almost a year and a half later. In the last week, you would have read about these things first: Dayton Legal Blank closing its doors, Bank president and Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams changing jobs, the First Four party being cancelled and the Nan Whaley push poll. Considering the Dayton Daily has the “iTeam” and a whole staff of “journalists” they fail miserably at basic journalistic practices.

If we want a better Dayton, not only do we need better candidates than slime buckets who engage in push-polls, but we need a newspaper that’s unbiased, has integrity and follows fundamental professional standards- you cite your sources.

If this blog didn’t cite via links or attribution the content it quotes from the Dayton Daily news- they’d sue me. I remember having a conversation with their “digital editor” Ray Marcano once where he tried to threaten me for using parts of their content in my posts. It’s one of the reasons I don’t accept advertising on this site to help compensate me for my time- because then they would use that my revenue to claim that I somehow benefited from their “labor.”

Dayton deserves a better newspaper. To the editors and publisher, who’s names don’t deserve to be connected with those terms, you run a rag. And, to top it all off, you were given a heads up on this Push Poll in advance because we like one of your editors. We’ll make sure not to do that in the future (We being, Gary Leitzell and myself). From now on, you can go back to trying to cover the news without help.




“Dreaming in Dayton” in National Geographic Magazine

Dayton got mentioned in National Geographic magazine- more specifically, UA Vision- a company part owned by Mark Herres (the guy the city kneecapped on the UPS/Emery deal).

If the FAA relaxes its rules, says Mark Brown, the civilian market for drones—and especially small, low-cost, tactical drones—could soon dwarf military sales, which in 2011 totaled more than three billion dollars. Brown, a former astronaut who is now an aerospace consultant in Dayton, Ohio, helps bring drone manufacturers and potential customers together. The success of military UAVs, he contends, has created “an appetite for more, more, more!” Brown’s PowerPoint presentation is called “On the Threshold of a Dream.”

Dreaming in Dayton

Drone fever is especially palpable in Dayton, cradle of American aviation, home of the Wright brothers and of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Even before the recent recession, Dayton was struggling. Over the past decade several large companies, including General Motors, have shut down operations here. But Dayton’s airport is lined with advertisements for aerospace companies; an ad for the Predator Mission Aircrew Training System shows two men in flight suits staring stoically at a battery of computer monitors. The city is dotted with drone entrepreneurs. “This is one of the few new industries with a chance to grow rapidly,” Brown says.

One of those entrepreneurs is Donald Smith, a bearish former Navy aircraft technician with ginger hair and a goatee. His firm, UA Vision, manufactures a delta-wing drone called the Spear. Made of polystyrene foam wrapped in woven carbon fiber or other fabrics, the Spear comes in several sizes; the smallest has a four-foot wingspan and weighs less than four pounds. It resembles a toy B-1 bomber. Smith sees it being used to keep track of pets, livestock, wildlife, even Alzheimer’s patients—anything or anyone equipped with radio-frequency identification tags that can be read remotely.

In the street outside the UA Vision factory a co-worker tosses the drone into the air, and Smith takes control of it with a handheld device. The drone swoops up and almost out of sight, plummets, corkscrews, loops the loop, skims a deserted lot across the street, arcs back up, and then slows down until it seems to hover, motionless, above us. Smith grins at me. “This plane is fully aerobatic,” he says.

A few miles away at Wright-Patterson stands the Air Force Institute of Technology, a center of military drone research. A bronze statue of a bedraggled winged man, Icarus, adorns the entrance—a symbol both of aviation daring and of catastrophic navigation error. In one of the labs John Raquet, a balding, bespectacled civilian, is designing new navigation systems for drones.

via Unmanned Flight: The Drones Come Home – Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine.

Like it or not, there will be drones watching us in our future. I’m not sure I like them as part of a surveillance society, but the use that Mark and Donald are doing with disaster relief is admirable and useful.

Whaley attacks from the gutter with push polling

Last week a citizen got a survey call from a Michigan number that rings back to Mountain West Research Center

At the end of the survey, the survey caller identified herself as calling from Survey Sampling International

The survey began with questions about the local upcoming election- and began with reasons you might choose not to vote for Nan Whaley. The citizen played along and answered as he was asked about the fact that Nan has never had a real job and some other questions. Then as she started to ask about reasons not to vote for Gary Leitzell, he said “hold on” grabbed his tablet and started recording.

After giving reasons not to vote for Gary and asking the citizen to rate them, the survey went on to why not to vote for A.J. Wagner, then ended with reasons to vote for Nan. It’s a pretty good guess that Nan and her crack political brain trust came up with this plan, after all, most of them were also behind Rhine McLin’s last campaign for mayor.

Because the citizen doesn’t want to be identified, he cut his answers out of the recording- and then supplied it to me. I’ve attempted to transcribe it as best I can. It didn’t help that the survey taker can barely read at a 10th grade level, her stumbling over “canon fodder” is almost funny.

Obviously, this was done soon after I posted about “How much is a Dayton City Commissioner overpaid” as Gary’s response is worked into the question. I’m pretty sure Gary had his tongue firmly in his cheek when he said: “If the people want to pay me $90,000 so my wife can quit work and be a stay at home mom and full time educator I could handle it! Even if I had to print all those proclamations and type out the marriage certificates myself!” (please see the rest of the comment where he compares his budget to our last “full-time mayor”)

This type of suggestive polling is called “push polling”– where the intent isn’t as much to do a real survey but to plant disinformation in the voter’s mind.

But, I’ll let you judge for yourself, here is the transcript as best as I can make it- and the mp3 file is below.

Ok Leitzell once said quote, “I am not racist, I am prejudiced”.

So Leitzell used the ethnic slur to refer to Asians and said black history was not real history and he also compared people living in government-subsidized housing to animals and said it was amazing that an African American would be able to set up a successful business in Dayton without government help.

Very convincing, somewhat convincing, not too convincing, or not at all convincining.

Leitzell should be fighting to create new Dayton jobs but a committee Leitzell formed to help create new Dayton jobs dissolved after just one year because Leitzell skipped so many meetings.

We need a mayor working full time to move Dayton forward but Leitzell took an entire month off to renovate his home and even wrote about a project on his personal blog.

Leitzell Recently commented on a blog that he wants to raise his pay as mayor to $90,000 a year.

Leitzell is not fighting to improve Dayton’s Public Schools and says Leitzell has attacked some students calling them quote “too stupid for the military” unquote and saying they were even, not even good enough to be quote  cannon “fooder” (sic) fodder, or something, for the um, army.

And Leitzell said he would never send his own daughter to Dayton Public School because she would get bored.

Crime is a serious problem that Leitzell actually said not all murders should be treated equally and Leitzell said the only reason Dayton families are concerned with crime is because the media quote “hypes homicides.

And um we’re just about done thank you now

I’m going to read you some reasons people have given us to vote against A.J. Wagner for mayor. After each thing tell me whether you think it is very convincing, somewhat convincing, not, not too convincing or not at all convincing.

Um, Do you, as a reason to vote against A.J. Wagner. If you are not sure about a particular item just say something on the box.

The state bar association gave Wagner the worst rating of a judge rating, rated in Ohio in, um, 2006.

Wagner’s court was responsible for losing an evidence envelope containing 400 dollars collected during a drug raid and Wagner even sentenced a murdered, murderer convict, convicted of beating a man to death, to just ten years in prison, less than half the usual 25 years.

That Wagner approved $300,000 in bonuses for county sheriff and his staff even after the county commission passed the resolution for him to give up some of his Wagner even gave his own staff bonuses that same year.

Wagner is more interested in being a politician than a public servant, public servant, over the last 20 years Wagner has served as a paid political operative and campaigned for five different taxpayer funded jobs.

Wagner even retired with his government job so he could collect his taxpayer funded pension. Now he’s running for mayor so he can collect another 45,000 dollars of taxpayer money on top of his (?)

Just in the last few yeas.., uh, just in the last few weeks Wagner has been campaigning on raising salaries for the mayor and city commission.

Wagner put campaign donors with special interests first. As auditor Wagner gave a millia… multi million dollar government contract to a company that donated ?bucks? to his campaign and Wagner was the guest of honor at a private dinner at a private Dayton philharmonic pops concert paid for by a lobbyist seeking millions in government spending.

Eh, ah, got another one

And now I am going to give you some reasons people have given to vote for Nan Whaley for mayor. After each brief tell me whether you think it is very convincing, somewhat convincing, not too convincing or not at all convincing.

Whaley led the fight against $3 million in cuts to Dayton’s already struggling schools. Preventing teachers from being fired, prospects from going up, stopping sports from being cut.

Whaley also wants to improve our schools, by holding them accountable for kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading proficiency and preparedness for college.

Nan Whaley has fought to keep jobs in Dayton. Whaley worked with city leaders and executives together to keep Caresource in Downtown Dayton and Whaley put efforts to bring GE Aviation and the NCAA tournament to Dayton, creating hundreds of jobs and generating millions of local businesses, for local business

Nan Whaley is the only candidate for mayor endorsed by the Democratic Party and Dayton Firefighters and other labor groups have also endorsed Whaley because she brings people together and fights for Dayton families.

Whaley is working to keep guns off the street and out of dangerous hands.

Whaley will fight to require background checks on every gun purchase to prevent criminals and the mentally ill from having access to guns.

Whaley says government needs to do more with less during tough economic times, that’s why Whaley voted to reduce her pay and hasn’t expected a pay raise in her, in the last 5 years as commissioner.

Survey Sampling International please answer these demographic questions for clarification purposes only, and do you think of yourself as a Democrat or a Republican or an independent

And what is the highest level of education that you have had the opportunity to complete?

In your home do you have cable television, satellite or direct TV just regular broadcast television or no television.


If this is the way Whaley plans to get elected, it doesn’t say much for her confidence in her own “ideas.” I’d been meaning to write a post about her campaign email from Jan 14 2013:

I am asking for your input.

  • What rational and realistic ideas do you have to create jobs?
  • How can we leverage our current assets?
  • How can we support creative collaboration within our city?

Please send your thoughts and constructive criticism to me at [email protected] by January 25th.

This far into her well funded campaign and she’s more interested in how to take down her opposition than she is in how to solve our problems. Never mind that she has to ask for help on coming up with “rational” ideas.

If I was a labor organization that had endorsed someone who engages in this kind of political slander, I’d consider withdrawing my endorsement. If this is an example of why to vote for “Whaley because she brings people together and fights for Dayton families” I think I’ll pass.