The launch of a new kind of campaign: Esrati for City Commission

Today, is 30 days from petition turn in for the “Non-partisan” Dayton City Commission race. The petitions are closely guarded and held by both the Montgomery County Board of Elections and the Dayton City Commission office. So far there are 7 candidates with petitions out for City Commission and 4 for Mayor that are known:

City Commission is: Incumbents Nan Whaley and Joey Williams. Challengers are myself, Donald Dominic, Lorana Kelly, Mark Anthony Newberry, Jeffrey Welbaum.

For Mayor, it’s incumbent, Rhine McLin and challengers Bill Krest, Jerome Savage and Gary Leitzell.

If anyone else knows anything- or can provide links to sites- let me know.

I have a pdf version of the form in rough form. If you want it- e-mail me (link below). The BOE even admits the form has a problem that they need to check with the Secretary of State. The form is obscenely overly-complex, as is the process. Note- it only takes 50 signatures to run for Congress.

My petitions are ready- and I need people who want to circulate them. Each petition holds 40 signatures. They must be signed by a registered voter in the City of Dayton who hasn’t signed more than 2 petitions for Commission in this race. After circulating the petition, the circulator must take the petition to a notary to get a notarized signature.

You can pick up petitions at 100 Bonner Street Dayton OH 45410 between 8:30 am and 6pm any week day or e-mail me for other arrangements.

I’ll also need to start raising money to hire a campaign manager. The incumbents will have the full support of the Montgomery County Democratic Party- even if they either don’t do anything, or abstain from critical votes.

However, this campaign will be more about ideas, this site and moving Dayton forward, than empty promises and :30 soundbites. It’s up to you if you want to see a change in Dayton, or continue to suffer through an administration that doesn’t understand that plowing snow is more important than paying people to do “Economic development.”

It’s time to stop putting lipstick on a pig. If we can’t deliver basic services- how can we expect to deliver a viable place to live and work.

I vow to bring discussion and ideas to a City Commission that doesn’t understand its role as advisers and directors to a large organization. It’s time we start asking the right questions, instead of rubber stamping a bunch of budget requests every week.

I’d also like to revise the charter to make the process of running simpler. It may also be time to change the process to eliminate the Mayor’s race, and make it an election where the top-three on this cycle get on the Commission with the top vote getter becoming Mayor.

Please help. Please pick up your petitions asap. Thanks.

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John Ise
John Ise

Your take on your opponents (particularly challengers)?


How will you proposed to pay for enhanced services on a declining budget?

What do you say to the argument that economic development (or business growth, if you prefer) is what will pay for basic services in the future, since we have a declining and increasingly poor residential population?

David Esrati
David Esrati

“Enhanced services”- how about “BASIC SERVICES”- lets see-
cut the make-out and quit policy for trash collectors- making them ineligible for any overtime unless spending a full 40 hours on the clock would be a good starter. Second, we can’t expect people to move to a city where the streets can’t be driven on.
Let’s compare the cost of repairing the 2 medic trucks that got wrecked from driving on ice- and the many accidents, school closings, lost wages- because people couldn’t get to work- to having enough people to plow the streets?
You think that the people in “economic development” making $75K a year are really helping our tax base, compared to the millions in lost revenue from people not being able to get to their CURRENT JOBS.
HINT: We won’t get new people in the city until we learn to take care of the current ones.

Jeff Wellbaum
Jeff Wellbaum

You mispelled Jeffrey. Good luck but not too much. Let’s run a good and clean campaign.

J.R. Locke

Best of luck fellas. For the love of Dayton.


I’m glad to hear someone is wise enough to finally consider the city commissioner’s race as “non-partisan.” Good luck with your campaign to move Dayton forward and discuss ideas; that will be a welcome change. For the love of Dayton.

Get A Grip
Get A Grip

How many times must the voters tell you that you are not wanted?
Will you ever look in the mirror, Mr. Esrati, and evaluate who you are vs who the city really needs?
How dare you toss out a buzz word asking ‘do you believe in “change”,’ when you in no way reflect the man successful enough to recently make our great country believe in that word.
“Change” comes about when people work together- not continuously tear each other down (your specialty). And believing in Dayton should not include hostile communication and narrow views to force one’s opinions.