Alan Gabel is about to get a dear John letter from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. He was rejected in February for petition vagaries (the judgeships are identified by their start date of term, he had the wrong date for the seat) from running for judge against Erik Blaine for Montgomery County Common Pleas court. The bar to get on as a Dem, 50 valid signatures. He then turned around and collected signatures, he turned in 3108 of them, from registered voters to run as an independent and turned in enough valid signatures (he needed 1459) to appear on the ballot.
However, the Board, made up of 2 democratic party and 2 republican party appointees- decided that he couldn’t run as an independent, overruling the voice and will of the people, because he was “still associated as a dem.”
Note, judges names on the ballot appear WITHOUT party affiliation.
The democratic party insiders are running Montgomery County Juvenile Court Magistrate Gerald Parker against Blaine.
A three way race for judge is almost as unheard of as anyone challenging a sitting judge, except in their first race. Blaine was appointed by Governor Kasich to replace Michael Tucker, who won an unopposed race for a seat on the Second District Court of Appeals. This is his first election. Previously, he’d worked at Wright & Schulte since January 2012 and he’s the Chairman of the Greater Dayton Area Friends of the NRA according to the Dayton DayOld News. Blaine, a 2006 graduate of the UD Law School is a relatively young for a judge. (Full disclosure, my case against Dayton Metro Library is in his court)
Last time I looked at a voter lists just before the May 8 primary, it struck me that there are a lot more UNC (undeclared) voters than there were D or R, which begs the question, why don’t they have at least an equal voice on the Board of Elections. What’s worse, is that on election day- if there is a dispute, the tie breaker as designated in Ohio, is the Sheriff- which in this case, means the head of the Republican Party casts the deciding vote.
That the BOE is appointed, by people who are marginally elected (precinct captains of each party- like me) is one of the political travesties allowed in Ohio.
Alan Gabel should be allowed on the ballot, the voice of 2000+ voters should outweigh the decision of 4 political patronage partisans on the BOE.
Expect a lawsuit.
And, remember- you read this story on Esrati.com first. The Dayton Day-Old news won’t attribute who broke it.
Bill DeFries withdrew from the county commission race Mar 1. Why is his name still on the ballot
In just another epic example of the failure of parties endorsing in primaries, and boards of elections serving more as boards of (s)election in Ohio- Republican party favorite Bill DeFries will appear on the ballot on May 8 despite dropping out Mar 1.
It was a crowded race to begin with – former Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell had thrown his hat in the ring after barely losing to Debbie Lieberman the last race. Former Miami Township Trustee Bob Matthews is running again, after losing to Judy Dodge last time. Newcomer DeFries had zero political experience yet was the party pick. Miami Township trustee Doug Barry is spending money like a house on fire to win the primary- always showing up on campaign materials with his much better half on all his campaign materials. She, btw is a democrat.
The winner of the primary will go on to face either Carolyn Rice or Walter Hickman Don Shaffer (thanks to Gary Leitzell for catching my mistake).
Full disclosure, I’ve done work for Leitzell and Matthews, through my company The Next Wave.
How DeFries name is still on the electronic or printed ballots 38 days after a withdrawal is a serious question. With print on demand solutions- there is no huge window for absentee ballot printing, and the county uses touchscreens for in person voting.
Considering the expense the BOE is willing to go to for special elections for a single candidate- usually caused by their selection processes, there is no excuse. Including DeFries name can only hurt the other newcomer to county races- Barry, which is no big loss. In my limited experience of meeting him, he’s not worthy of being elected dog catcher. His wife on the other hand is a sharp business person, running a private college turning out kids that are 100X more qualified to work than Sinclair in my field.
Dr. Adil Baguirov resigned from his position on the Dayton Public Schools Board of Education today. But, that’s only what the newspaper will tell you. The real story is that I broke this story back on April 5 2017, with a video, all the research and documentation, I called it “International Man of Mystery: Adil Barguirov” and I called for an investigation into his residency and his resignation at multiple school board meetings. Three hours after posting the original story, I got a warning from a prominent Turkish businessman telling me to watch my back, that Baguirov and his partner would come after me.
The board, the superintendent, their in house legal counsel, their security chief, the Board of Elections, the County Prosecutor, the Dayton Police, the Ohio Attorney General’s office, the Secretary of State, the Ohio Ethics Commission and I can’t remember who else I contacted, all sat and did nothing.
The rules are clear: You want to be on a school board, you have to live in the district. When you leave the district, you resign.
No one would act. The head of DPS security said “I don’t have the resources to investigate him”- others said the ruling on current Secretary of State Jon Husted made residency a non-issue. But, there is a big difference between Husted, who owned 2 homes, and Baguirov who owned homes he didn’t declare on his Ethics filings- hidden in shell companies, and the fact that he rented out his original home to someone else- and the home he claimed for a voting address- along with his business partner- was never his residence.
Fast forward to me trying to run for the Montgomery County Educational Service Center Board in August. Before I made it to the Board of Elections desk to file my valid petitions, I was greeted by Steve Harsman, the deputy-director, with a document telling me I didn’t live in the “district” for the MCESC. When asked to provide the maps- they never came. When asked how DPS could spend millions with the MCESC- and I can’t be on the board to oversee our tax dollars- silence.
I implored the board to demand Baguirov present proof of residence on Maryland Ave. Utility bills in his name, moving expenses, rent payment receipts? And if he didn’t live on Meeker Commons- where were the rent receipts for his half million dollar home? Nada. Nothing. Business as usual.
During that time, the BOE awarded a contract to the highest bidder to do their marketing (My firm was the lowest bidder), they gave multi-year contracts to both embattled District Athletic Director LaMark Baker- bringing the wrath of the State Athletic Association, and of course, giving a very rich 3 year contract to Rookie Superintendent Rhonda Corr- before test scores came out to show the district had again slid in state standings. They flubbed the DEA contract so badly that they had to spend an extra $200K to hire the scab firm Huffmaster, they bought buses- on a deal that Adil Baguirov personally negotiated- totally outside all norms. There was the low price sale of the Patterson site to CareSource- which he negotiated- and didn’t recuse himself from, despite owning a home health firm that does business with CareSource. The list goes on.
At around 10:15 last night, I fired off an email to a whole list of people, the superintendent, the board lawyer, the board, three of the incoming board members (I didn’t have Rev. Harris’ email), the directors of the BOE, the county prosecutors, the head of the Dayton Education Association, a State Rep who I trust, and I even included Jeremy Kelley of the Dayton Day-Old News- who failed to ever mention my investigation of Baguirov in his article about Baguirov’s planned run for the 40th.
I attached a Quo Warranto filing that I threatened to file after noon today if Baguirov didn’t resign. Quo Warranto is a writ or legal action requiring a person to show by what warrant an office or franchise is held, claimed, or exercised for those of you who aren’t lawyers.
The threatened filing to remove Adil Baguirov from the DPS Board (click for PDF) Note- the attachments are all documents that were posted in the original International Man of Mystery post
Subject: On Notice- Criminal proceedings against Dr. Adil Baguirov, the Dayton Board of Education, and multiple elected and appointed officials in Montgomery County
I informed this board, and the entire city, that Dr. Adil Baguirov didn’t live in the city of Dayton on April 5, 2017.
The board, the Superintendent, The County Prosecutor, The Board of Elections, The Secretary of State, The Attorney General, the Ohio Ethics Commisison, the Dayton Police Department, your own legal department did nothing.
Dr. Baguirov should have resigned and been replaced then. Yesterday, Nov 7, 2017 I again published a document that said he had officially changed his voter registration to the address that I told you he lived at in April.
I asked, via Public Records request if he had filed his resignation for moving out of the district with the School Board- and received no answer.
By law, when he changed his official voting registration to an address in the Vandalia Butler School district, he should have resigned from Dayton.
Your failure to investigate, your failure to demand a resignation, to respond to the public records request, to announce that Dr. Baguirov had resigned, is a violation of your own rules, and State law.
I refuse to stand idly by while this continues.
I demand, that the resignation be announced by noon, Nov. 9. 2017, and I be CC’d – or I will be in court filing the attached Quo Warranto, and asking for a criminal investigation to begin immediately.
Because the board, the Superintendent, the School counsel, all acted complicity in ignoring the laws requiring residency, and continued to allow Dr. Baguirov to sit on a board and guide policy and decisions to include a 3 year contract with the Superintendent, a 2 year contract with an Athletic Director, the awarding of a marketing contract to the highest, least qualified bidder, and his own involvement in the procurement process of a major contract, I also ask that all board members, the Superintendent, the Treasurer, and the legal counsel, all resign immediately- and allow the four new members of elected yesterday ascend to office immediately.
The public trust has been severely violated by these actions, and an investigation at all levels of government oversight need to be examined.
As a comparison, when I went to the Board of Elections to file to run for the County ESC, I was met before I even turned my signatures in, with a notice that I wasn’t eligible to run- failing to meet the residency requirements.
The moment Dr. Baguirov changed his voting registration, he should have been flagged as an elected official and removed from office.
May I also state, that Dr. Baguirov committed voter fraud when he voted in the last election from the Maryland Ave. Address.
This also needs to be investigated and charges brought.
I expect responses from The School Board, The Board of Elections, the County Prosecutors office before noon tomorrow about what their responses will be.
This morning, I called the school lawyer, who claimed she didn’t get it via email, and blamed IT issues. I sent it via other means. Word was, there was a flurry of confusion on Ludlow. Kelley was calling Baguirov. At one point, Baguirov had the unmitigated gall to ask if a voter registration is the defacto proof of residency. Yet, on election day, a DEA member showed up at the polls with a government issued ID- a passport, and wasn’t allowed to vote until she had a utility bill with her name and address on it.
By noon, Kelley had published a story that Baguirov had resigned. Next thing is that the School board is sending out notifications that they are pushing their next meeting out from the 14th to the 21st. Obviously, they should fill the seat with the leading vote getter Harris. Not so obvious, is that Lee, Rountree and Lacey should all also resign for being part and parcel to this fraud- and the other three board members elect should be able to take their seats (Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Jocelyn Rhynard and Karen Wick-Gagnet).
Kelley’s story had this nugget:
Local activist David Esrati accused Baguirov in April of illegally serving on the Dayton school board while living at the Butler Twp. home, publishing documents about Baguirov’s properties and companies. Baguirov denied that in June, saying he lived in the Cooper Place condo.
Esrati threatened legal action this week if Baguirov didn’t step down immediately, given the official switch of his voter registration address. Esrati said Thursday that he plans to follow through with a court filing, saying that Baguirov has been ineligible to serve on the board all year.
Which was the first he’d actually acknowledged that I’d accused him- but still no mention of where I published them.
The other part implicates not only Baguirov, but other board members:
Online records showed his voter registration was switched to the Meeker Commons Lane address before Nov. 7.
“I timed it for the November election,” Baguirov said. “I notified my (school board) colleagues and President (Robert) Walker back in October that I wouldn’t be attending the, I think it’s four meetings, in November and December. I’m de facto vacating my seat.”
They knew? And did nothing? But wait!
Dayton Public Schools board policy requires them to fill a vacant school board seat “not earlier than 10 days nor later than 30 days after the vacancy occurs.” DPS attorney Jyllian Bradshaw said Baguirov reported that he moved Nov. 1, so DPS is treating that as the effective date of the vacancy.
I asked for the documentation of his notification- and got nothing. And, what proof do we have he moved Nov. 1? I asked for proof back in April.
The real problem with Ohio laws in Montgomery County is that we only enforce them on the little people. My first entry into a political chamber was caused when the city of Dayton prosecuted me for putting up wood grain vinyl garage doors in an unmarked “Historic District” soon after I bought a shit-hole of a house for $14,500.
Request for Additional Information, 11/2/2017 2:07 PM
An examination of the 2015 Annual Finance Report filed on behalf of the Elect Esrati committee indicated that this report needs additional information. Please address the following:
Receipts or Cancelled Checks Missing:
All expenditures must be documented with a paid receipt, a cancelled check, or a bank statement showing that the amount of the campaign expenditure has been deducted from the committee bank account. Please provide a copy of the cancelled check or paid receipt (no invoices) or bank statements for expenditures over $25.00, for the following:
The report is missing one cancelled check:
Check # ? Payed (SIC) to: The Next Wave in the amount of $160.00 on 06/15/2015.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. This is an informal attempt to resolve this matter. Once the above described information can be collected, please send copies of those items to the Campaign Finance Department of the Montgomery County Board of Elections. You can mail those items or send them by email. Since the information does not affect the balances on the Form 30-A filed by the committee, there is no need to file an Amended Report. Once we have the receipt, bank statement or cancelled check, this report will be complete. If you have any questions feel free to call the Campaign Finance Department at (937) 225-5669 and we will be happy to assist you.
Montgomery County Board of Elections
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Still no list of referrals, no campaign finance reports for Mat Heck, but we want to make sure your campaign actually paid your company for webhosting.
And if you want further proof of County Prosecutor Mat Heck’s legal incompetence, wait for the story that’s coming how he couldn’t get a grand jury to indict a thief from stealing large sums of money from two Service Disabled Veterans- despite the Dayton Police saying “She did it.”
For a final laugh- since none of this is really funny- on my threat to file the Quo Warranto- technically, I lack standing to do it. Sending the official looking document was a bluff.
Luckily, the idiots running the schools into the ground, aren’t smart enough to know it.
Bye, Bye Baguirov- you won’t be missed. Now, let’s clean house.
His campaign literature was a bit over the top, and why he even needed any to run unopposed for Dayton School Board was a bit of a mystery. But when you take a closer look at Dr. Adil T. Baguirov he, not Austin Powers, is Dayton’s own international man of mystery.
The literature (which I saved but can’t find at the moment) had a photo of the young Turk with the pope and another with Joe Biden. Not your run of the mill school board candidate, but he was unopposed, had a PhD, and had the 300 required signatures. What could we do?
One thing has been clear in his tenure on the Dayton Board of Education, he’s been THE mover and shaker. He pushed hard for the one-to-one computer program and the decision to cut ties with former Superintendent Lori Ward and Treasurer Craig Jones. He was the loudest voice convincing others that internal candidates for replacement would be giving someone who got us in our current mess a promotion, thus starting David Lawrence’s oust. Most would say current Superintendent Rhonda Corr was his hand picked protegee (or maybe more appropriately, partner in crime).
And the uncharacteristic silence and tacit approval from the board about Issue 9: a play by Nan Whaley and the city to jack up the income tax, in part, to fund a competing quasi-public pre-school system. There was so much money behind issue 9 and we still don’t know the half of it, since the PAC “Neighborhoods for Dayton’s Future” hasn’t filed their post election report. Any half-wit journalist would start to wonder why, but since Dayton is sort of short on journalists, you’re stuck with me.
For those of you not into the whole “reading” thing, here’s the video to whet your appetite.
What did I do? Well, what any mediocre journalism student is told to do: “follow the money.” What I find is a lot of smoking barrels which point to the personal enrichment of Dr. Baguirov as well as a spiderweb of shell corporations and business partners.
Sure, if we’d done our homework before he was elected, we’d have known this was coming, because Adil Baguirov is connected. Not just photos with the (previous-previous) Pope or Biden, either. It took months to put all the pieces together.
Dr. Togrul Bagirov is the Executive Vice President of Moscow International Petroleum Club (MIPC), a non-profit non-governmental specialized international organization. He is a Special Advisor to the Russian Prime Minister, the Russian Minister of Energy, Gazprom, LUKoil, and Transneft. In addition, Dr. Bagirov serves as a Deputy Chairman of the United Nations Forum on Energy Security.
Dr. Bagirov received a M.S. in International Relations, a Ph.D. in History from Moscow University (MGIMO), and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Institute of USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is an adjunct professor in energy security studies at MGIMO University. Dr. Bagirov also heads the public consultative center under the Russian Government for international projects in oil and gas.
Dr. Bagirov is a member of the World Economic Forum at Davos, a participant in Russia-U.S. and Russia-EC Energy Dialogues, and a Deputy Chairman on the Board of Trustees of the Russian-American Business Council.
And while all that sounds impressive, I’m not sure I can tell you much about Dr. B. senior. Other than, he’s done OK for himself.
Togrul Bagirov, Stephen Payne, Timur Kulibayev (son-in-law of the President of Kazakhstan & Chairman of the KazEnergy Association and VP of Samruk – the new state-owned holding company), and Adil Baguirov
The people he’s rubbing elbows with in this venture, Worldwide Strategic Energy, are a bit better known like the lobbyist Stephen P. Payne. In July 2008, Payne attracted international attention after being secretly videotaped discussing a $750,000 lobbying contract offering access to senior U.S. officials and suggesting a $250,000 donation to the future presidential library of U.S. president George W. Bush.
Dr. B. Sr. is also the chairman of the Baku Nobel Heritage fund, which describes itself as a “civil initiative to restore the Nobel brothers’ heritage in Azerbaijan.” Apparently, the Nobel family were the movers and shakers who developed Azerbaijan’s oil resources at the end of the 19th century. Introducing innovations like oil pipelines and steam-powered tankers to transform Baku into one of the world’s leading oil producers. This leads into one of the stranger Baguirov connections. Adil has a Wyoming Corp, “Nobel Brothers Pictures, LLC”, which is working to make a big-budget Hollywood movie called “The Big Game” about the history of the Baku oil industry.
Recall that another movie about the history of Baku oil industry starring world-known actors will be shot in Hollywood. The multi-million dollar film to be produced by the chairman of the Baku Nobel Heritage Fund Togrul Bagirov in the frame of the Nobel project will show the history of Baku oil through the eyes of the Nobel brothers.
The film will describe mutual relations in the Nobels-Rothschilds-Rockefellers triangle of the great powers and the global role played by the Baku oil. All this will be shown in the context of the Nobel oil empire’s prosperity and fall, the communist revolution in Russia and political compromises of the early 1920s. The film presumably will be called ‘The Big Game’ or ‘The Oil Wars’ and will underline that the Baku oil has always been in the focus of international attention, being “an award” which superpowers were endeavoring to gain.
Dr. Baguirov Sr. (fourth from Right) with Dolph Lungren (fourth from left)
And the “world-known actors”- ready for it?
The large-scale movie, which will be filming in Baku and the U.S., will be made with the use of innovative technologies.It is expected that the film will star Anthony Hopkins, Michael Douglas, Monica Bellucci, Antonio Banderas and Dolph Lundgren, Bagirov said.
However, Dr. B Jr. is kind of a big deal on paper. He went to the University of Southern California with a degree in International Relations and Business Administration, graduating in 1999. By 2002 he’d earned a Ph.D in Political Science from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
His father’s status opened doors, and he served as a “Special Advisor on Russia and the Former Soviet Union” to Congressman Curt Weldon sometime around 2003. This was while was also serving as an “Executive” for “Worldwide Strategic Energy” out of Houston, which is where we got a lot of the info on his father through a leaked “proprietary and confidential- Placement Memorandum.”
Don’t ask why, but it seems almost everyone that Adil comes in contact with has some sort of international controversy, usually connected with Russia:
In 2006 Weldon faced investigation by the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section for suspected unlawful ties to two Russian companies and two Serbian citizens, when in a filing with the Federal Election Commission Weldon’s campaign committee reported that it transferred $70,000 to the “Weldon Legal Expense Trust”.
The co-founder of Karabakh Foundation, a 501(c)(3) in Washington D.C. with a mission statement to “preserve and disseminate the cultural heritage and traditions of Azerbaijan, the Caucasus area, and the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.”
And he’s also elected to the board of directors of the U.S. Azeris Network, an organization dedicated to coalescing the political power within the U.S. of Azerbaijani and Turkic diaspora communities. That’s a fancy way of saying lobby for the best interests of the legal immigrants, of which he is one.
Sevin Elekdag and Adil Baguirov wedding pix
In 2013, just as he started showing up in Dayton, he married Sevin Elekdag in D.C. She’s the daughter of Sukru Elekdag, the Turkish Ambassador to the United States from 1979-1989.
This is where we start running into problems. As you may know, Adil has to file a few things as an elected official.
The post campaign report
The pre-election report
Our first document is his campaign finance reports, to which you really do have to laugh. He was running unopposed, yet still printed literature and bought signs, with his own money. Specifically, he spent about $2,200 (no contributors listed) on printing, signs, and $92.75 on online advertising.
Adil made history as the first Ahiska-Turkish American to be elected to public office when he was sworn in to the Dayton Board of Education in January of 2014.
Since his election, the School Board hasn’t quite been the same. They meet more often, and cause more consternation than any other school board in the region. There are deep divisions on the board, and the one member who seems to be at the center of almost anything that has controversy attached is Dr. B. But, considering who he’s worked for in the past, is it any wonder?
Adil Baguirov Ethics Statement 2015
Cycling back to his listed home, 111 Cooper Place, it was bought by his undisclosed shell company, Metroplis LLC of Wyoming (the state, not the suburb in Cincinnati) just before the election, August 27, 2013. We know this because we looked at his Ohio Ethics Commission Financial Disclosure statement.
He lists no debtors, no creditors, and his only investment is in the Connor Group Fund. It’s also funny that he only lists ownership of two pieces of property:
1819 Troy St Dayton OH 45404, home of his trucking company, and 400 E. 5th St. Dayton Oh 45402. No residential properties at all. His income comes from:
Turbillion- which provides “Consulting”
Addison HHS- a “health care provider”
Dayton Board of Education- $5,229
American Power- Freight and Logistics.
Living with him is his spouse, Sevin Baguirov, and his two dependent children.
The businesses listed/offices/fiduciary relationships, add “Megapolis” and “Oregon Renaissance” which is 400 E. 5th St.
If asked what business he’s in, the standard answer is logistics. He owns “American Power LLC” which has offices on Troy Street. Interestingly, the last blog posts on their site are 2013… it seems once he got his $5000 a year job on School Board, the trucking company didn’t get the attention it once did. But, no worries, he’s got other ventures. Lots of them.
One that he’ll admit to is Addison Home Health Care [full disclosure, I did some work for his business partner Islom Shakhbandarov, printing some business cards, and working on a craptastic boxing event that was being done in a hurry] which has its offices in the Oregon District, above Salar. The building, formerly owned by shadow Mayor Dr. Mike E. Ervin, was originally owned by Oregon Renaissance LLC – a firm set up on 3/12/2008. On August 29, 2014 paperwork was filed to make Turbillion LLC a subsequent agent of Oregon Renaissance. Adil lists himself as a director in his 2015 ethics statement. What is the address of Turbillion? 111 Cooper Place of course. In the Ethics Statement, he’s listed as a director of Addison as well.
Businesses incorporated in Ohio by Adil Baguirov and his wife Sevin Baguirov
What’s more interesting is what’s missing from his disclosures. Two other medical firms, one in his name and one in Sevin’s. That’s a no-no. It’s why I contacted the Ohio Ethics Commission and asked them to investigate in the first place. Adil seemed, to me, the only one in the loop on both the CareSource sale of school-owned real estate and the denied sale to a private developer. He has companies doing business in the medical field, and both Premier Health and CareSource are the 800lb gorillas in the industry. This could be a conflict of interest, if Baguirov’s companies work with CareSource or Premier. Right after I brought up this conflict of interest in Millennial Medical LLC at the Dayton Board of Education Meeting on February 14th, he filed to “kill” the corporation. I was holding the knowledge of “Montgomery Medical Holding LLC” as my hole card. Metropolis Holdings LLC lists 111 Cooper Place W. as its mailing address, and its business address is the Troy St. American Power offices.
Remember, the Cooper Place house was bought by Metroplis LLC of Wyoming, so we have at least 2 Metropolis branded companies.
The problem is, we’re pretty sure that Adil and Sevin don’t live at 111 Cooper Place W. A quick look at voter records finds two things. Sevin isn’t registered to vote in Ohio and Adil isn’t registered to vote at Cooper Place.
If you think that Adil just crashes at 630 Maryland Ave home with his beautiful wife and two young children and Islom too, well, you’re about as gullible as the rest of the school board who has been buying Adil’s guidance hook, line and sinker.
Why is this a problem for Adil? Well, one of the conditions of being on the Dayton Board of Education is that you actually have to reside in the school district. His kids aren’t old enough to be enrolled in school, and it’s a moot point, he’d probably send them to a private school.
Vacancies in Board seats may occur as a result of many things including,
but not limited to: resignation, non-residence, removal from office or
The question of residency gets a little muddled in Ohio, thanks to our very own Secretary of State Jon Husted. He had a vacant house in Kettering while he lived in Columbus, when he was a State Representative. I don’t want to get into the legal quicksand on this issue, but there is a major difference. Husted actually owned the house in Kettering and no one else lived there. Really, it’s not much different than Tony Hall living in DC all those years as our congressman, while keeping a small bachelor pad here in town. Again, the house was his.
Now, this would all be great and fine, except, if Adil lives in 111 Cooper Place, which he owns, why is he registered to vote at 630 Maryland which he doesn’t? Is that voter fraud when he and Islom went to vote for president last year? Or, does he live in the mansion outside the district, 7077 Meeker Commons Lane Dayton OH 45414? Well, that would have to be his residence if he decides to run for State Rep Mike Henne’s seat when it comes open. Word on the street is that’s his goal.
The question is, who enforces the rules when it comes to residency? I talked to the Board of Elections, the Ohio Ethics Commission, the Secretary of State’s office, the BOE again. I put a call into the prosecutor’s office and then told a few trusted people within the school district. No one knew who would be the ones to investigate and prove the residency. It requires a court order to put a tracking device on his car. Frankly, I don’t have time or the inclination to start tailing him all over town.
It’s time to investigate not only his residency and his legitimacy on the Board of Education, but take a deep look at possible conflicts of interest. His many holdings in companies could be enriched by his actions on the board (eg. bus purchases and vacant land sales).
In the past, I’ve called for an elected chief ethics officer position in each county to help wage integrity in office on behalf of citizens who always get the run around when they bring issues like this to light.
And as always, I have to sit and wait for the Dayton Daily News to do their normal theft of my story and not give credit. Then wait for the people in the statehouse to move, if they even care.
With all the noise in Washington about connections to the Russian government and interference in our elections, this story of our very own International Man of Mystery surely won’t be discussed on the Sunday morning talk shows, but isn’t it nice to know that international intrigue can happen right here in Dayton?
It was refreshing to see a whole bunch of fresh faces at the January 2017 Montgomery County Democratic Party meeting. Trumps been in office less than a week, and people are already seeing what happens when the system fails to stop stupid.
Welcome to the too little, too late club.
There are lots of new groups starting up- indivisible, the resistance, blue Ohio, the progressives, etc. etc. I did a “negative post” about the dangers of neophytes last week, and was the bad guy, for explaining that you can create all the groups you want, but, you won’t get on the ballot unless you work within the existing system.
Click to download the PDF
So last night, I showed up with my pamphleteer of the revolution hat on. I had a nicely printed 5×7 card explaining what has to change. I sat through the laughable “executive meeting” which is now held on the too small stage, behind a screen, with an agenda that’s almost identical to the general agenda. And when it came time to vote to add new precinct captains to the roll, I asked “how many of them either work for elected officials, or are related” and almost got booed off the stage. “That’s not relevant” and “people who work in government are more likely to be involved” and “why.” As it turns out, only one of the 17 new appointees admitted to being related, which is great, compared to the rest of the central committee. At the end of the exec meeting- I started handing out my propaganda. Some refused (Russ and Matt Joseph both turned it down). I went out to the general meeting area- and handed them out- saying “Welcome” to everyone as I passed out my flyer.
Some people came up to me immediately and thanked me. Others swung back around and said “I agree with …”
However, online today, I’m the bad guy. I’m arrogant, rude, my approach sucks, they don’t agree with my tactics- etc. Apparently, investing time and money in putting together a handout isn’t ok, and saying “welcome” is rude. Hissing and booing when I speak- is, just prim and proper.
Maybe that’s why the piece included “We need to talk about issues, not personalities” and ended with “Go ahead, shoot the messenger.”
There was no discussion of issues, strategy, plans. There were requests to sign up for committees, there were requests to sign peoples petitions, there was the hat tip to the elected officials in attendance. The floor wasn’t asked for input. It’s the same old party.
However, there has been one change- they’ve hired a new executive director; Sarah Greathouse. Sarah and her husband Erik have been political operators for a while. And for the first time- the party site actually lists who’s on the central committee, if they were appointed or elected, who are the ward leaders and who is appointed to the executive committee. There is no mention of who is on the “screening committee”- or if it’s still going to choose our candidates and endorse in primaries.
The executive committee also named Sarah to the Board of Elections to replace John Doll, giving them $20K a year to help compensate her.
Now that the party doesn’t have the dead weight of the old HQ to support, the treasury coffers should be in much better shape. With an executive director who actually understands the internet, we may start seeing effective fund raising and competent emails being sent out (the old way was to send pdf’s of bad flyers as attachments).
For all the newbie politically active- the goal of the party should be to elect democrats, and especially, start winning the offices at the State level that run the gerrymandering operation that’s known as the apportionment board (Governor, Secretary of State and Auditor) in 2018.
In the meantime, I’m giving Ms. Greathouse the benefit of the doubt, and will do whatever I can to help make the democratic party- a true democratic party.