Dayton candidates discuss prosperity, city’s economy
Four candidates are running for two seats on the Dayton City Commission this November. For our online voters guide, we asked them about issues important to the city and the region. This week we are taking a look at their answers. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 7.

Early voting starts Oct. 8.

Q: What are the biggest threats to growing Dayton’s prosperity, economy, jobs and population? What do you plan to do to address these challenges? David Esrati: The biggest threat to growing Dayton’s prosperity is a lack of creativity in problem solving and a lack of leadership willing to address the real problems we’ve engineered via institutional racism.

We really need to re-invent how we set property taxes, how we create incentives for reinvestment and most of all, how we choose our governing forces.

Right now, we have a patchwork of way too many jurisdictions with too many elections, too many meetings and too many organizations to properly monitor and keep in line.

Go to to learn more about the cost of our 28+ city managers/township administrators and think how the money could be better spent.

We also have to restore the pride in our community. We saw what kind of folks we are after the tornadoes and the Oregon District shooting. It’s time to build upon the good souls- instead of keeping the political class fat and happy.

Matt Joseph: The biggest threat to Dayton’s prosperity is inequity. We have made progress in bringing higher-paying job opportunities to Dayton, by attracting businesses to Tech Town and the airport distribution center.

We have diversified our economy, formerly overbalanced towards manufacturing, with jobs in other sectors.

Although while we have laid the groundwork for a recovery, and it is beginning to show itself, we still have more work to do.

We must address is the inequality that exists in our city and ensure these new economic opportunities are available to all Daytonians.

We must continue to act boldly to ensure all our citizens are given fair opportunities to build better lives for themselves and their families. We need to work towards a future in which all citizens not only have the same access to the American Dream, but also have a fair shot at achieving it.

This applies not only to those affected by the history of racism that haunts our country and our city, but also to new arrivals.

Chris Shaw: As Dayton continues to move forward, it is crucial to ensure that all our residents are able to share in the progress and that we are providing communities with the tools to be successful in evolving job markets.

We must ensure that our youth, especially, are prepared for the jobs of the future by providing them with a high-quality education and diverse workforce training opportunities.

I have worked hard to develop partnerships between schools and our local apprentice programs that offer youth the training they need to access high-quality, good-paying jobs and to be able to build stable lives and strong communities in the future.

Shenise Turner-Sloss: The biggest threat to growing Dayton’s prosperity is having the right leadership.

Homogeneous leadership will always stagnate growth and leave the most vulnerable residents and neighborhoods behind.

Yes, a core is needed to generate tax revenue streams; however, this growth should not be at the expense of vulnerable neighborhoods, and further strain the resources of “tipping point” neighborhoods.

There is a way that all neighborhoods can win and all residents can have better opportunities. As a Commissioner, I would ensure that all processes are impeccably managed so that fiscal oversights are no longer issues and the City of Dayton will not be penalized for misallocation of federal funds and be liable for repayment of money.

Ensuring that we are accountable for meeting federal guidelines will lead to more development opportunities. 

■ This week: Each day this week in the Local section, the Dayton Daily News will look at where the candidates stand on issues such as the economy, water safety, downtown and neighborhood development and more. You will be able to see all the candidates’ answers in our interactive voters guide starting Oct. 8 at

■ Candidate forum: The candidates for Dayton City Commission will take part in a forum on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the main branch of the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third Street. The forum is sponsored by The League of Women Voters, UpDayton, Dayton Daily News, WHIO TV and Radio and DATV. The forum will stream live on and and air at a later date on DATV.

■ Register to vote: The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 7.