Five candidates are running for Dayton City Commission, and the May 7 runoff vote will eliminate only one, sending the other four on a six-month campaign to convince Dayton voters they are the best for the two seats available.
The candidates have diverse backgrounds — Joey Williams and Jeff Mims have held multiple elected positions, David Esrati has run often but not been elected, and David K. Greer and Joseph Lutz are trying their first runs for a major elected office.
The Dayton Daily News asked all five candidates how Dayton can be successful in the next 10 years, and what steps the city needs to take now to head in the right direction.
Just as the candidates differ in experience, they contrast in priorities as well. Lutz is focused primarily on housing, suggesting strategies to get developers to invest in the city. Greer’s main issue is rebuilding trust with Daytonians, saying he believes the city doesn’t listen well to its residents.
Esrati is banking on new ideas such as citywide wireless Internet access and much broader recreational programs to energize the city. Mims pointed to a five-prong plan that starts with education, economic development and safety. And Williams said all the city’s goals must start with strong financial management to put the city on strong footing.
Williams is the only incumbent running. The other open seat is the one currently held by Nan Whaley, who is running for mayor.