Dayton, it looks like we have a primary.

So far, the race for Mayor has Nan Whaley, A.J. Wagner and Gary Leitzell for sure, and Eric LaMont Gregory, Derrick Folley have turned in petitions and are being checked. We know there will be at least 3 good petitions which guarantees a primary.

For City Commission, Joey Williams and I were turned in and checked. Jeff Mims turned in enough- but didn’t include the 80 signatures I had collected for him (apparently, Jeff isn’t interested in representing those voters). David Greer, William Pace have both turned in petitions with high probability of getting on the ballot- so we’ll have a primary. Joseph Lutz has turned in signatures as well, but with Greer and Pace turning in, we’ll have a primary.

The deadline is 4 pm today. Stay Tuned.

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3 Responses

  1. David Esrati March 8, 2013 / 10:42 pm

    The Dayton Daily has the story now, no additional names.:

    Steve Harsman, deputy director of the BOE, said the last time Dayton had a runoff vote in a commission race was 2003. The last runoff for Dayton mayor was in 2005.

    More than 25 people initially took out petitions to run for commission or mayor, indicating an interest in running. Harsman said it is common for many people who take out petitions not to follow through.

    via 11 file to run for Dayton mayor, commission |

  2. David Esrati March 13, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    The Dayton Daily news posted that the final tally is 5 for commission, 3 for Mayor. However, Pace may get a different ruling and be ruled eligible. Note, while the goal of the BOE should be to get people on the ballot, this partisan party political entity seems to do the most to keep people off the ballot.

    Eric LaMont Gregory and Derek Folley also submitted petitions to run for mayor, but the BOE ruled that neither man met the Dayton charter requirement of 500 valid signatures from Dayton registered voters.

    Gregory turned in 1,021 signatures, but only 436 were ruled valid. Folley turned in 921, but only 328 were deemed valid. Dayton’s requirement of 500 signatures is much higher than other local cities, and is 10 times higher than the 50 valid signatures needed to run for Congress.

    The candidates for city commission will be incumbent Joey Williams, advertising agency owner David Esrati, state school board member Jeffrey Mims, Northwest Priority Board Chairman David K. Greer, and digital media company president Joseph Lutz.

    Lutz, who said he began collecting signatures very late in the process and rushed to meet the filing deadline, barely met the signature requirement, with 506 valid signers. BOE officials said the other candidates comfortably cleared the bar.

    The BOE deferred until 7 a.m. Thursday to rule on the petitions of William Pace, who hopes to run for city commission. BOE Deputy Director Steve Harsman said Pace filed more than 500 valid signatures, but failed to sign the statement of candidacy, which is required by Dayton’s charter.

    Neither Pace nor any other candidate attended the BOE’s 4 p.m. Wednesday meeting to deal with potential problems. BOE officials said if Pace filed the signed statement after closing hours but before midnight, they would turn to the city law director for an opinion on whether his document met charter requirements.

    Reached just before 6 p.m., Pace called the situation “insane” and “a nightmare,” but did not answer whether he would try to file the document in some way.

    via Dayton has 3 for mayor, 5 for commission in May runoff |

    For the record, Gregory had a 57% fail rate. This is in a city where we supposedly have 98K voters and only 107K people over the age of 18 (meaning 92% of the adults are registered to vote).

    Folley would have an even higher fail rate: 64% – which he attributes to the BOE not counting new voter registrations that he turned in.

    Lutz turned in over 800 and had 506 squeaking in.

    Pace turned in 500 valid signatures- but the BOE and the city are trying to invalidate the wishes of voters by claiming that he didn’t sign a “statement of candidacy” – so his petitions are invalid. Really? Isn’t the collecting of over 500 valid signatures a pretty clear “Statement of candidacy”.

    The BOE was also trying to find ways to invalidate Mayor Leitzell’s petitions, and rejected some of AJ’s because he had notarized his own. Who cares about the will of the voters?

    This insanity has to stop

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