THANK YOU ALL!
104,634 of you put your faith in me (or just couldn’t stand Mike Turner and his Billionaires). The Ohio Democratic Party needs to be re-built from the ground up. Starting with a constitutional amendment to guarantee all Ohioan’s the right to choose when it comes to reproductive rights. But, we also need to fix the gerrymandering, throw the Republican Redistricting commission members in prison for contempt of court. We need to bring ranked choice voting to Ohio, eliminate party control of local boards of elections, and create a true voter information system so that elections don’t have to cost so much.
Overturning “Citizens United” is a start- but, building a new election system that lets everyone’s voice be heard is the real goal.
I am gearing back up for 2024. But, this time, I’m going to have you all in it with me from the start. Please- subscribe to my email list, consider a small recurring donation, and buy a T-shirt!
I’m 100% Pro-Choice
A ten year old rape victim had to go to Indiana for an abortion. If Mike Turner gets re-elected, you may have to go to Canada to get one. Doctors and women get to choose in my America.
My opponent, 10 Term incumbent, Mike Turner (R) has an A+ rating from the Susan B Anthony Pro Life America Group.
Over 19 27 Billionaires have backed Mike Turner this year, here's 13.
Turner has raised 79% of his money from out of state
Compare his donors to mine and see who Mike Turner works for. With an average donation of $1,617.61 he's in another league. See the complete lists of donors here.
Candidates team up to “Funk The System”
If you are tired of the wealthy picking your politicians for you- watch this video by David Esrati, Eric Price, Amy Cox, Addison Caruso, and Megan Overman who have joined to build a site to show we have the best politicians money can buy.
Visit www.electionsnotauctions.com to learn more
No, the Democratic party didn’t make this, nor did they help us, we stepped forward, together, to fight the influence of the wealthy on our community.
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A Daily LiveStream Townhall? Whodathunkit?
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Since Mike Turner hasn’t had a townhall in 20 years, I’m going all out. Everyday at 4pm EST we will discuss a different topic- and I’ll answer your questions on youtube
And once I’m your congressman, I’ll continue- at the end of every day, I’ll tell you what happened in Congress, what I did, and let you know what’s up for the next day, and ask for your input and insight. How’s that for Elected Representation?
Why should a business have to pay a fee to pay their employees taxes? Isn’t that a ridicuolus bunch of hooey? Why shouldn’t a small business just be able to enter their employees hours- and pay them through a government site- no fines, no late fees, no cost to use- and it automatically goes into whatever accounting software you use.
CRAZY idea? Wrong. It’s just one of the ways that big businesses can keep small businesses small.
This whole health care thing? Amazing how the government could afford to pay for vaccines against Covid, but, can’t make sure that insulin or health insurance is affordable? Small business can’t compete with Amazon in negotiating health care coverage- so, why not just let small businesses buy into Medicare for a fixed price per employee. No more allowing your boss to pick your plan. And, btw, how to keep health care costs in check? If you are running a hospital, and getting more than 40% of your revenue from the people via medicare and medicaid- no more multi-million dollar pay to run a hospital. Sorry, it’s time to pay doctors and nurses instead of paper pushers and stuffed suits.
The whole game of taxpayers gambling on “economic development” or “incentives” or “grants” for businesses to move, like NCR or Intel- in or out of Ohio has to stop. If a public company gets some sort of tax break, or tax incentive, there has to be a strict ratio of employee pay of no more than 10-1 in the company from lowest paid to highest paid. And, no incentive can be given if it isn’t available to all companies- large or small. It’s not the taxpayers job to subsidize one business over another.
And lastly, it’s time to stop letting politicians self-report donations to their campaigns. We need registration for donors, and donations listed in real time, available to all to see, so you know who your politicians are really working to please.
If this sounds good to you, consider making a donation, to the only congressman who’s not for sale to the highest bidder.
ESRATI’S SMALL BIZ PLAN
No cost payroll tax software
Why should small business have to pay to pay payroll taxes? They shouldn’t. A universal filing system will being efficiencies to help small businesses compete.
Fair Use of Our Tax Dollars
Why should small business help subsidize bringing Intel to Columbus? It’s time that all “Incentives, Economic Development, or public private partnerships” have strict parameters and are open to all businesses- equally.
End April 15th
Who would ever think that having everyone file taxes on the same date was a good, or efficient idea? It’s time to make tax prep and filing a year round activity.
Health care options for small business
Let small businesses buy coverage through Medicare. No other business operates the way health care in America does- a different price for every procedure based on who you pay a vig to, or who your boss chooses to buy your health care from.
Campaign finance reporting in Real time
Knowing who bought your congressman is critical, and letting them self-report is criminal. It’s time to build a system that takes the guesswork out.
THIS IS A WEAPON FOR A WELL REGULATED MILITIA.
As a junior congressman, I won’t have a lot of power to introduce legislation, but I will tell you the things I will support. I will always come down on the side of open, honest, transparent government of the highest integrity. I will work for the people, not the people with money. And I will work with anyone dedicated to making the following things a reality:
There are all sorts of problems caused by our broken election system: gerrymandering, polarization, and a complete lack of voter confidence. We can solve these issues with election systems such as ranked-choice voting with a verified “Voter Information System. We also need to rid ourselves of any electoral systems that favor “major” parties over third-parties and independents.
Our current politicians want to regulate all sorts of things but don’t seem to think any rules ought to apply to them. Politics is about the future, not the past. Politicians should have a mandatory retirement age of 70. We should also regulate their donations by creating a real-time donor registration system that handles the money and record keeping. Politicians should also be forbidden from owning stock in any company that has a government contract/grant or has applied for a government contract/grant.
I am not Mike Turner.
I am running to be your REPRESENTATIVE to the House of Representatives. That means I will meet with you, your groups, be involved in the community and report back to you daily on what I’ve been doing. I’ve been livestreaming daily M-F at 4pm EST as part of the campaign, where you can interact with me. https://tinyurl.com/esratilive I plan to continue the livestreams once in Congress, to tell you what happened each day- and what I did for you, and to get your feedback,
Choice and Health Care
I believe in the right to choose what to do with your body – this isn’t just abortion rights, it also means that your health care isn’t controlled by anyone other than you and your doctor. I believe in health care, not health insurance. Note, this doesn’t apply fully to vaccines. We vaccinate to protect all of us. This is how Mumps and Polio and at least 12 others went away. There are somethings we do for each other as Americans, not for ourselves.
Small Business is Big Business
Small businesses create more jobs and a more diverse and stable economy. Anything that the government requires a small business to do- such as managing payroll tax collection to competing for Federal projects, must be on a playing field where size doesn’t give the bigger company an instant advantage. I’m a small businessman, and I know the pains government inflicts on us.
Open Records- Sunshine at every level
Government should provide open records except in very limited cases related to national security. Government officials—including law enforcement—should not be allowed to lie or keep secrets from citizens.
Privacy is Valuable and a Basic Right
Privacy is a right and should be treated as such. If a social media or advertising company cannot stay in business without violating the privacy of users, then they should not be in business. If they profit from your information, you should share in their proceeds.
Donor Registration System
We have voter registration to stop people from voting, but we don’t have donor registration to make sure we know who is buying our leaders.
Protecting your home
Your home should never be treated like a share of stock by a bank. An American has the right to own their home, without being taxed out of it, or thrown out of it by the sheriff. We need foreclosure reform in addition to lending reform.
Responsible Gun Ownership
I believe in the first part of the 2nd amendment “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State”. And I’m going to be an “originalist” and say “Constitutional carry” applies to flintlock pistols and muzzle loaders. Anything else- it’s single shot, single action or you better be fighting a war as part of that “Well regulated militia”. Note, I believe legal gun ownership, should only be provided to those who have served in the military, and undergone the extensive training and evaluation that comes with it. Weapons of war are for the military, not for hobbyists or “self-defense.” Safe gun storage is in an armory. Note, these are my personal beliefs, and I doubt they would ever be legislated. My goal is to level the playing field for small business- not waste time trying to pry weapons out of gun nuts hands. However in light of the recent shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, I issued a real proposal for Constitutional Gun Control- and how to implement it using the 14th Amendment. See the link GunControl
Criminal Justice Reform
Being rich and white will no longer be a get out of jail free card. I can’t believe that our entire prison system is full of poor people and the mentally ill by anything other than our disdain for equality. We jail too many people for trying to survive- instead of for crimes against the community. Former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams violated our public trust accepting bribes while in public office- he got 3 months in prison. $130M went missing from Wright State and no one was charged.
A new generation of leaders
There should be a mandatory age of retirement for members of congress. I believe elections should serve as term limits, but if someone good comes along, it should be up to the voters. But, since we are entrusting our future to politicians, they shouldn’t be over 70.
I belong to the people of OH-10
I will not be owned by lobbyists, corporations, defense contractors, or tolerate insurrectionists who don’t believe our elections are valid.
New protections for the Gig Economy
If we are indeed a gig economy, I guarantee that no worker who is told what to do, when to be there, and how to do it, is anything but an employee and should be treated as such.
Open Government (Open Source + Transparency)
The government should be open. It should use open-source software solutions so as not to be beholden to the titans of the digital world. This includes everything from electronic medical records systems, to the tools of government (elections software, agenda tools for public bodies) and even accounting tools to help manage small business.
When you are the product
If you are the product, as in your data, the content you generate, the ads you watch on their platform, you should get paid for your creations like Youtube does. Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram etc would be nothing without you- and you should get a share of a majority of the profits (at least 51% and have voting power). Social platforms should be owned by the community, not the censors.
Mandatory public service
Every American must do a year to 18 months of public service at 18- be it in the military, or in a civilian conservation corps, or caring for our elderly, or providing childcare. Being an American requires time spent in the service of our freedoms. In exchange for a job well done, 2 years of college will be paid for.
Affordable Higher Education
College should be affordable and not a debt sentence. We can make sure that a public education is available to all, with the first 2 years paid for in exchange for public service and the 2nd two years with interest free loans, repayable based on your income level after graduation.
Health care for all
No American should have to choose between health care and bankruptcy. Insulin shouldn’t cost 15x more than in any other country. I believe in single payer, and as an interim step, allow small businesses to buy into medicare to balance the playing field as we begin the giant undertaking of retraining the entire medical insurance industry into health care providers instead of deniers and unnecessary overhead.
Sustainable Development and protecting the environment
The environment matters. I believe in clean energy, emission free vehicles, free public transit, recycling, electric high-speed rail, ending sprawl, and locally grown organic food. We have to fight climate change now.
LBGQT+ rights is summed up pretty well except the use of the word “Man” in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [people] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
But, I don’t just support LBGQT+ equal rights, we need to make sure that women and minorities are also given protections for equal pay for an equal days work. We’re not there yet.
Congressman Mike Turner doesn't work for you.
On Jan 6th 2021, our Capitol was attacked. Mike Turner was inside, and he ran and hid. While brave Capitol Police officers fought and died to protect Turner and his fellow Trumpers, they voted against certifying the very election that put them in power. They refused to hold Trump accountable for his part in the insurecction. The constitution is clear what the penalties are for both sedition and treason: 18 USC Ch. 115: TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES
It’s time to elect someone who was willing to swear their life to protect the US Constitution, a military veteran, who understands that this country runs on trust first.
Your CHOICES in 2022 for Congress in Ohio 10
Mike Turner doesn’t come talk to his constituents. He does come to talk to defense contractors who give him lots of money.
He’s been in Congress for 20 years. He was Dayton’s Mayor for 8.
He’s never had to worry about health care, payroll taxes, competing with big businesses getting tax breaks.
It’s time to change your congressman.
His site is www.miketurner.com
David Esrati has been fighting for the little guy since he moved to Dayton, bought a home for $14,500 and got taken to court for putting up the wrong kind of garage doors in an unmarked “Historic District.” He’s been arrested by Mike Turner, who he ran against in Turners first run for office.
He’s challenged the political machine- over and over. From School Board members not living in the district, illegal meetings and increases in taxes to take public money to fund quasi-government with zero oversight.
He’s been publishing www.esrati.com since 2005- which uncovers Dayton’s dirty little secrets.
He’s hung over 600 free green basketball nets – to force the city to start taking care of the kids.
He’s started 2 non-profits to reform our democracy.
A 501(c)(3) The Modern Policy Institute and
a 501(c)(4) Reconstructing Dayton
You are on his campaign site.
His Youtube channel is: Elect Esrati on Youtube He holds a daily livestream townhall at 4pm M-F, tune in.
Reconstructing Dayton interviews David Esrati video link