Why David Esrati for Dayton City Commission?

Welcome to Elect Esrati. This is only a “campaign site” in name. Unlike any other candidate, David Esrati has been working for you online since 2005, posting news, positions and analysis of all things political and regional on Esrati.com. There are over 2,100 posts about Dayton, the issues and ideas.

This site is to accept donations and coordinate volunteers. Feel free to do either.

David first ran for Mayor in 1992, coming in 4th in a 6-way primary that saw Mike Turner beat Clay Dixon by 400 votes. Even then, he asked why Dixon had raised so much money to run for Mayor (the then astounding sum of $27,000) and where it came from. Even then, people questioned why his 11×17 campaign literature had so many words and so few pictures.

Then as now, he believes the answers lie in doing basic government right first. That means you are safe, your kids are safe and go to good schools and that the streets get paved, cleaned and plowed. If you want to know why hiring police comes before buying buildings- read what he’s gone through in the last 4 years after 22 years without a problem.

He’s also committed to bring back our parks for our kids. Watch the video and learn about his “Hoops Dayton” initiative where instead of buying yard signs, he’s hanging basketball nets all over town and bringing wrecked courts back to life. He’s on his third box of 100 nets now.

He’s running his campaign for under $10,000, under Mayor Leitzell’s $10K challenge.

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Esrati on the Issues

Regionalism via Excellence

The problem with regionalism in our region, is with a few exceptions, no local jurisdiction is setting the world on fire.

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Streamline Community Involvement

The Priority Board system is almost defunct. Thanks to it being based on political precincts as well as lines drawn on a map when Dayton had an extra 100,000 people, its run its course. It’s time to focus on building neighborhood associations and creating direct connections between the neighborhood presidents …

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Bike Share for the future

When I first proposed a bike share system to Dayton, we could have been in on the leading edge. Now, we’ll be just another follower. Cleveland may beat us to it. Bicycle sharing systems would reinvigorate Downtown as well as help solve major parking problems for Sinclair and UD as …

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Gigabit Internet Dayton

Instead of begging Google to give us Gigabit internet (it went to Kansas City) I will work to take our existing dark fiber optic system and give Dayton a competitive advantage for tech startups by bringing the Internet, at blazing speeds, to the public at a reasonable price. This is …

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Elections, not auctions

Gary Leitzell beat an incumbent with $17K to her $120K. You wouldn’t spend $250K on a job that pays $45K a year? We have to find better ways to inform voters and discuss our issues. I’m limiting my campaign to $10k just like the Mayor. It’s the right thing to …

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Fill houses, not landfills

If you get a $5000 donation from a demolition contractor/landfill owner, the answer to our vacant housing problems is to tear them down. If you are a neighborhood activist who bought 4 properties for under $60K and fixed them all up, you have a different approach. Our city can’t catch …

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End Corporate Welfare

Tax dollars are supposed to pay for infrastructure, public services, community resources. Unfortunately, our local politicians believe that by subsidizing private businesses it’s in the public interest. It’s not. We need to ban this practice of “economic development” nationally. It’s not fair for the minimum wage worker to pay taxes …

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Change the Charter

The Dayton City Charter needs to be updated to allow citizens to petition their government or to remove elected officials. Currently, due to obsolete language, the charter protects incumbents and the status quo. Read more about this on Esrati.com on changing the process

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