Why David Esrati for Dayton City Commission?

David Esrati announced he is running for Dayton City Commission seats currently held by Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw on 8 February 2019 in this post: https://esrati.com/city-commission-2019 

As always, he had to fight the powers that be to get all of your signatures counted. The Board of Elections tried to disqualify enough signatures to keep me off the ballot. I didn’t fall for it this time, turning in 16 notarized affidavits on 18 Mar 2019 in a protest hearing and getting them to accept 15. The form the City provides is faulty (on purpose). I’ll fix it when elected.

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 2,800 posts about Dayton, the issues and ideas.

This site is to accept donations and coordinate volunteers (coming soon). 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.

Here is his simple five point plan to help end the “Culture of Corruption”

  1. Our jail is dangerous.
    No one should risk death for a minor crime.
  2. Your tax dollars shouldn’t be used to help put Dayton owned businesses out of business.
  3. Rich folks shouldn’t have private police forces to protect their stuff- while not  paying for police to protect all of us.
  4. People who fix up homes shouldn’t have to pay higher taxes on the improvements.
  5. We’ve got too many governments in Montgomery County, we need to simplify.

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 sixth box of 100 nets now.

 

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Esrati on the Issues

The Esrati five point plan for 2019

Our jail is dangerous. No one should risk death for a minor crime. Your tax dollars shouldn’t be used to help put Dayton owned businesses out of business. Rich folks shouldn’t have private police forces to protect their stuff- while not  paying for police to protect all of us. People …

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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

This has already happened. The city and RTA bought the system I was championing. They haven’t implemented it correctly, or expanded it fast enough, but it’s a start. It won’t be long till we’re dealing with dockless electric scooters and self-driving cars. We need a commissioner who thinks about these …

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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 $450K on a job that pays $48K a year? Well you would if you were Nan Whaley. We have to find better ways to inform voters and discuss our issues. In the past I limited my campaign …

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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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