Dayton Baptist Ministers’ Conference candidates forum: Podcast

We have some amazing voices in this community- and they opened their meeting in song. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the recorder going for the opening.

There were no strict time limits. When I arrived on time, only Joe Lacey of the Dayton school Board and Charlie Shoemaker, executive director of Metroparks were there. We were invited to the table- excuses were made for a candidate who said he could be there by 1pm (Gary Leitzell- but he wasn’t named). Then the Mayor with Nan and Joey popped in about fifteen minutes late.

The Mayor was given the podium first, then Whaley and Williams. I was at the end. I didn’t do the normal stump speech if you take the time to listen. I think I made a few friends.

The questions were pointed- and the moderator, Reverend Stewart, cut off the question on the candidates’ support for the casinos- listen and you’ll hear.

The issue of the step increases/raises was asked- the answer from Commissioner Williams and “the team” was evasive.


I don’t usually make speeches like this one. It’s worth a listen.

Please note, if elected, I’ll keep providing you with insight and recordings of events and meetings that affect you. That’s my job.

Excerpt for Will- just my parts (14:18):

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16 Responses

  1. Gary Leitzell October 27, 2009 / 8:52 pm
    I emailed yesterday that I could not attend because I had other commitments today. They responded the same day that they understood. Those commitments were a taping at WDTN at 10:15 with Sharon Howard and Ms. McLin. I didn’t get out of  there until 11:30. I had to pick my daughter up from a friends house and in the early afternoon I had to take her for the state mandated first grade diagnostic testing and wasn’t finished until 3 PM. After that we were campaigning between 6 and 7:30 PM.
    I can’t be everywhere. Wish you wouldn’t blast facebook that I was a no-show without consulting me first. If the ministers represented anything else about my absence then they were wrong to do so.
  2. Will Brooks October 27, 2009 / 10:37 pm
    Ya, I gotta agree with Gary. Based on what you wrote on FB, I was about to goto Gary’s wall and ask him wtf happened…lol. I’m sure you meant no harm in posting it.
  3. Will Brooks October 27, 2009 / 10:55 pm
    Sorry, I can’t take listening to Rhine Rolodex through the same old tired, broken record topics. Actually, the issues are very relevant – her “solutions” kill me. Always the same. Is there anyway to talk you into posting just your speech?….or maybe a player that I can skip forward?
  4. David Esrati October 27, 2009 / 10:57 pm

    Hi Will-

    I’ll try to cut it down to just my parts tomorrow- in the meantime- I’ll try to provide a download link.

    And- as to Gary- I was going on what I heard. Didn’t mean any offense.

  5. Will Brooks October 27, 2009 / 10:58 pm
    Thanks David!
  6. David Esrati October 27, 2009 / 11:03 pm

    It’s modded- you now have a “Download link” that takes you to an MP3 file that can be downloaded- or scrolled through. I begin around the 17 minute mark.

  7. Will Brooks October 27, 2009 / 11:16 pm
    David, after listening to your speech and spending a lot of time reading your site I encourage you to keep on doing what you are doing. Whether or not you are elected, your activism raises awareness like turning on the light in a dark room. I will listen to the whole event tomorrow. Thanks again.
  8. David Lauri October 27, 2009 / 11:51 pm
    keep on doing what you are doing
    Will’s right, David E.  Being an elected official is one way to change one’s community, obviously, but being an effective journalist works too. And an advantage of being a journalist is that you don’t have to campaign.  Dig stuff up, write articles, hold politicians accountable.
  9. David Esrati October 28, 2009 / 6:45 am

    Will and David L. – Would love to keep doing this- but the reality is- access costs time, and I can’t keep this up without monetizing this. That brings in a whole host of issues on use of content- and legal liability.

    I’m doing this because the people who are paid to in this town, don’t- and it’s been killing our city. The goal is to save the city, not to kill the journalists such as they are.

  10. David Esrati October 28, 2009 / 12:37 pm

    Updated post with just my parts- for Will. Enjoy.

  11. Will Brooks October 28, 2009 / 5:22 pm
    Well, we should talk sometime soon. If you can’t monetize it perhaps having help would encourage you. You have my email, lemme know.
  12. Will Brooks October 30, 2009 / 1:47 pm
    That’s significant. They should’ve endorsed you or no one, or at least not Nan for God sakes.
  13. Jeff October 30, 2009 / 4:48 pm
    I’ll bet McLins support of that gay rights ordnance killed the ministers endorsement of her.
  14. David Esrati October 30, 2009 / 5:07 pm

    @Jeff- They endorsed Whaley- so I doubt that’s it.

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