To the Dayton Area Stonewall Democrats

Dear Stonewall Democrats,
Thank you for writing to tell me that based on your last meeting, you will not endorse me.
I’m sure that without your political muscle, my campaign is doomed.
There are three seats open on the Dayton City Commission.
Of the three, two voted for the anti-discrimination law, Nan Whaley and Rhine McLin.
Joey Williams abstained. My commentary at the time was pretty clear:
News Flash: Spineless species of man discovered.

So, by not endorsing me, the Stonewall Dems- more like hedgerow Dems if you ask me, must be either endorsing Williams, or being as spineless as he was- and abstaining from making a stand.

It was so nice for you to say “we hope you remain active in our Dayton community, and continue to show support for Dayton and Miami Valley LGBT citizens.”

However, from here on out, thanks to your spinelessness,  you’ve lost any credibility with me.


David Esrati

The group is run by Tony Ballis, who used to be the executive director of the Montgomery County Democratic Party. This means he’s already perfectly OK with the party’s methodology of endorsing in private and excluding people who refuse to play the party way.

If you consider yourself eligible to be a member of this organization- feel free to write him and ask why they aren’t endorsing me?

Here’s his e-mail: [email protected] Tell him Esrati sent you.

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David, ease up on the name-calling, my friend. No matter that it may be accurate or even justified, in the end it doesn’t further your argument and only makes people set their heels.  
A letter expressing your disappointment that they would support a candidate who does not support them might have  been more persuasive. 

richard burks
richard burks

I am not surprised that this fringe Democratic Group would not support David Esarti’s campaign for dayton City Council. I did not capitalize dayton city on purpose because of the state of local democratic politics. As a life long Democrat, I will not be supporting the current Mayor or the two commissioners running for re-election. I feel that for there to be effective change in Kettering where I reside there has to be a major overhaul of the current political landscape in Dayton. As long as Tammney Hall politics continue to plague Dayton’s City Hall, we will continue to be on lists of America’s top eroding cities.
Having joined DAYTON CITIZENS FOR CHANGE, it has been enlightening to hear about changes for the future and what Dayton could be and not settle were the Dayton Administration has put it’s citizens.
I will actively working for Gary Leitzel’s campaign to become Mayor of the City of Dayton and bring respectability back to the city.

Ice Bandit

Well Dave, dunno’ about you, but if the Old Bandito were running for office, I’d have my lawyer fire off a letter to the Stonewall Democrats threatening legal action if they did endorse me. Looked at their web site thru the link you provided and it looked like the Loony-Left All Stars. You know, the ones who have overreached and are going to feel the wrath of the electorate any time now. Gut feeling, but the Old Bandito isn’t sure how valuable their endorsement would be………


Why is this group important? Only eight live in Dayton, a total of 17 members. Seems to me a local bar would give you a better chance of gaining meaningful votes.

Go to the gay bars downtown. Get their backing and votes.


Dear David,
There is a wide, wide sea between “namby-pamby” and name-calling.  
Your strength of a conviction is an admirable thing . . . but you remind me of similarly passionate man who was elected to the city commission in my former home town. He had great ideas, but none of them ever got off the ground because he alienated everyone he had to persuade, and he was defeated by a huge margin in a subsequent election, and every time he ran for office thereafter. That man is intelligent, forceful, innovative  . . . but he didn’t play well with others, and so he failed in his position in city government and he failed those who supported him. 
Finally you have to ask yourself which is more important — doing it your way, or getting the job done. They’re not the same thing. 
Know that I’m in your corner, but I wouldn’t be a much of a friend if I didn’t gently chastise you when I thought you were going down the wrong path, “namby-pamby” as that may be. 
Canvassing the gay bars is an excellent idea. 


The passive-aggressive political candidate. You know folks are going to jump on that bandwagon.