Levies, Libraries and the most loved politician in Dayton.

Looking over the results, with a good night’s sleep, shows outstanding support for both the Metroparks and the Library levy. Both good things, passing with at least 70% of the vote. They were on the ballot as Issue 4 and Issue 40.

And while it’s great that we have a new Mayor in Dayton, the most popular politician in Dayton is School Board Member, Stacy Thompson who got an amazing 18,543 votes- for 24.07%

YVONNE V. ISAACS 17443 22.64%
JOE LACEY 17868 23.20%
RONALD C. LEE 14002 18.18%
STACY M. THOMPSON 18543 24.07%
JAMES K. WEIR 9177 11.91%

What’s even more strange is that Jim Weir and I were only 20 votes apart- (I had 9197)- considering he was in a five way race for four seats. He is the most efficient vote getter- having spent next to nothing on his campaign.

The turnout in Dayton was a mere 30.2%- and from what I saw at the polls- the new, young “Obama” voters stayed home. The old adage that “seniors vote” still holds true.

I won’t hold my breath to see the Dayton Daily News Editorial Board admit their pick for Mayor was way off. They provided a lot of the “Anti-Gary” rhetoric used by the McLin campaign.

Last night there was talk, while waiting for the final count (again- the BOE didn’t look so smooth on that) about the transition team for Leitzell. Now is when the big money who wouldn’t give Gary the time of day, now becomes his best friend- offering to help analyze the real mess that Rhine McLin is about to hand over to him. This is nothing new, Dixon did it to Turner, Turner did it to Rhine, George W. did it to Obama- it’s a time-honored political tradition.

My guess is Mayor elect Gary Leitzell will surprise people- with a transition team made up of people from the neighborhoods and small business people, but time will tell. Of course, we don’t have the same business base we had when Rhine started out- and that’s a big part of the reason why she didn’t get her third term.

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The stats point out a big problem with our elections.
Every one of the approximately 29,000 voters for the Dayton races got to vote for all open seats.  Does anyone doubt that most of those who voted for Whaley also voted for Williams–and that the supporters of incumbent Stacy Thompson also went for the other incumbents?
What would have happened if each voter for city council got to vote for only 1 candidate?
Divide Williams and Whaley’s totals by 2, and Esrati is taking one of their seats.
If we want a commission or school board that is open to non-incumbents, nonpartisans, and similar out-groups, we need to quit allowing the same majority to fill all open seats.


Congrats to Gary and..everybody who helped him…!
Finally…Dayton has a future.
Hopefully, Gary won`t let the ~back door/closed door rich guys…run over him.
David, Thank you for everything you stand up for..!


Library funding: Gov Strickland, how do you feel ? You took money away from the libraries but the people gave it back (in more than just Montgomery Co). “The people” … odd concept, isn’t it ?
DDN editorial board: Do you really think people care or listen to your opinions ?


Hall, the levies are all examples of DIY government.  A legislator’s job is supposed to be to make the government run well by setting priorities and enacting fair revenue practices to fund adequately.  Back in the 1970s it became popular, instead, to promise that if elected you would reduce taxes–and then require citizens (who don’t have time to be as informed on these issues as legislators) to make up for the cuts in services by voting to raise taxes again.  This is fakery, a shell game, and we should quit putting up with it.


The best part about levies is that the money is only for that one entity. Instead of a tax increase of “X” million dollars going to the state for them to divvy up as they see fit, the library (or parks or schools or whatever) gets ALL of the money.
I’ve got three young children and if I told them we’re going to the library when I get home from work, they’re excited ! Same with the parks…