Election 2017: Jeffrey Gore to become next Huber Heights mayor

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 10:33 PM
Updated: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 10:33 PM

UPDATE @ 10:40 p.m.

Jeffrey Gore will be the next mayor of Huber Heights, according to the unofficial results.

Gore beat David Wilson by 56 percent to 43 percent.

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Nancy Byrge will become the next city councilperson at-large. She beat Chase Warden in Montgomery County 57 percent to 42 percent.

Andrew Hill appears to have narrowly beat Carl Urbanas in a razor’s edge race of 50 percent to 49 percent. The men are separated by 13 votes.

Mark Campbell beat Linda Morin, 56 percent to 43 percent.

Seth Morgan won an noncompetitive race for Ward 3.

One-hundred percent of precincts are reporting, but results remain unofficial.

UPDATE @ 9:45 p.m.

Jeffrey Gore continues to lead David Wilson among Montgomery County voters in the race for Huber Heights mayor, according to unofficial results.

With less than 5 percent of precincts reporting, Gore has 494 votes to Wilson’s 372 votes, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

In the at-large race, Nancy Byrge still leads Chase Warden with 508 votes to 311 votes.

No precincts are reporting in the Ward 4 race, though Carl Urbanas slightly leads Andrew Hill with 45 votes to 26.

Mark Campbell leads Linda Morin in the Ward 5 race, with one-third of precincts reporting. Campbell has 217 votes to Morin’s 152 votes.

UPDATE @ 7:48 p.m.

Jeffrey Gore leads David Wilson among Montgomery County absentee voters in the race for Huber Heights mayor, according to early unofficial election results.

Gore leads Wilson with 358 votes to 235.

In the at-large council race, Nancy Byrge leads Chase Warden with 371 votes to 189.

ORIGINAL STORY

Two candidates are facing-off Tuesday in a race to become Huber Heights’ new mayor.

Mayor Tom McMasters decided not to seek re-election.

Jeffrey Gore and David Wilson are seeking election to a four-year term in the city’s highest office.

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Gore is a teacher and former small business owner with a background in real estate, finance and marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Colorado Technical University and is working toward his master’s of education from Antioch University Midwest.

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Wilson is a member of the city’s planning commission and served two years on Huber Heights city council in 2010-2011. He has served on the board of zoning appeals, graduated from the Huber Heights Citizens Police Academy, and has 33 years experience in production and inventory control. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University.

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As a public service to readers, the Dayton Daily News asked the candidates to respond to a series of questions about the race. Below are edited excerpts of their answers presented in alphabetical order. Additional questions and responses about the city manager’s residency, medical marijuana, and economic development are available online at vote.daytondailynews.com.

Q: What do you think the 3 biggest challenges are that are facing Huber Heights?

Jeffrey Gore: First, it’s imperative that we take advantage of the positive economic development growth that has been spearheaded by current city leaders like City Councilman Mark Campbell and City Manager Rob Schommer. Huber Heights is growing, and we need to take that momentum and bring it to other parts of town – specifically the southern part of town where improvements are drastically needed and vacant buildings need to be filled. Second, we need to return to a professional relationship between the mayor’s office and city council. The level of division and infighting has cast a shadow on our city and limited our effectiveness. Third, we need to support public safety, especially as it relates to combating the opioid epidemic. Strong public safety creates a safer community, which ripples throughout the city and enhances the quality of life for all residences.

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David Wilson: I believe in order to create a positive image for our city we need a full-time economic development director to work with our Chamber of Commerce, The Brandt Pike Revitalization Committee and Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission to address the lack of growth in our business community. Secondly, we need to strengthen our zoning codes and zoning enforcement in order to improve the deteriorating conditions we see in some of our neighborhoods and businesses. These two changes, combined with revitalizing our parks, are the first steps to my goal of making everyone proud to call Huber Heights their home town.

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Q: In past months, council members have engaged in disagreements, insults and accusations between members. Council members often refer to themselves as “old council” or “new council” to describe their perspectives. How would you seek to reconcile these differences?

Jeffrey Gore: One of the reasons I chose to run for mayor was to return professionalism to the position, while also focusing on people over politics. Unfortunately, the “old council” against “new council” feud is the exact opposite. These differences could easily be reconciled by agreeing to work on behalf of the residents instead of trying to push personal agendas, focusing on the facts and showing respect for fellow members of our city government. As mayor I would start with leading by example, and holding council members accountable to the same standard.

David Wilson: I do not see Democrats or Republicans, “Old School” or “New School” in our city council. I see a very diverse group of people who have a love for our city and want only the best for our citizens. Many times an individual council member’s “wants” for our city do not match the other council members and their differences need to be presented. As mayor, I will not hesitate to call a council member out of order if they resort to using insults or any inappropriate behavior to try to overpower any discussion in an attempt to win an argument. I believe the mayor and council need to work towards compromises and not a winner take all mentality.

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Watch Dayton City Commission candidates debate

Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 11:41 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 10:40 PM

Dayton Commission candidates Darryl Fairchild (left) and Daryl Ward.
Dayton Commission candidates Darryl Fairchild (left) and Daryl Ward.

Dayton City Commission candidates Darryl Fairchild and Daryl Ward took part in a debate tonight ahead of the May 8 election.

During the hour-long debate they focused on what’s next for Good Samaritan Hospital site, drugs, neighborhood needs and education.

The two are running to fill the seat of longtime commissioner Joey Williams who resigned in February.

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The debate was at Stivers School for the Arts, Eichelberger Theatre, 1313 East Fifth Street in Dayton.

The debate was sponsored by the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and Radio and the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area.

Darryl Fairchild running for Dayton Commission

The debate was moderated by WHIO-TV’s Jim Otte and Etana Jacobi of UpDayton.

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Ward is the senior pastor at Omega Baptist Church and Fairchild is manager of chaplain services at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

This is Ward’s first run for public office. Earlier this year he was running for a seat on the Montgomery County Commission, but moved to the city commission race when Williams stepped down.

Fairchild has run for city commission twice before. He narrowly lost a seat to newcomer Chris Shaw in 2015, but was defeated by a much larger margin by incumbent commissioners Williams and Jeff Mims Jr. last year.

The Dayton Daily News, WHIO and the League of Women are sponsoring the debate to help educate voters before Election Day.

Daryl Ward running for Dayton Commission

“The mission of the League is to provide nonpartisan information to voters on candidates and issues they can use when they cast their ballot. Dayton is the hub of the Greater Dayton Area, we feel this is an important race for the city, its residents and the extended community, said Dayton Area LWV Executive Director Susan Hesselgesser.

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We asked both Ward and Fairchild a series of questions for our voters guide. You can find all of their answers at vote.daytondailynews.com

Here’s a look at some of their answers as submitted by the candidates:

Q: What are the two biggest challenges facing the city and how would you deal with them?

Darryl Fairchild: 1) A year after passing a levy to increase taxes, the city announced they were still having funding issues and that there are structural problems with the budget. The loss of Commissioner Williams, who was perceived to bring fiscal discipline to the commission, raises concerns about the financial well-being of the city. I will bring my experience and tough mindedness, developed from being an executive director, 12-year board member of the Otterbein Homes, and current commissioner of Great Dayton Premier Management to monitor our fiscal decisions.

2) A majority of residents do not feel safe in their own neighborhood. The social fabric in many of our neighborhoods is so frayed that we do not have the deep relationships that create community. As commissioner, I will champion our residential neighborhoods, support new, local economic initiatives, and advocate for our children and youth. We need a clear plan to bring focus, set priorities, and recruit resources to address these issues.

Daryl Ward: Education and out of school activities for young people. Need a network of out of school sites that can hold all of us accountable for our future neighborhoods need housing and street maintenance, safety and security, unity.

Q: How will you work with the schools to improve education in the city?

Darryl Fairchild: We need our students, school district and new superintendent to be successful. Unfortunately, parents and the general public do not have confidence in the school district demonstrated by the student population loss. Likewise, the majority of our charter schools are failing our students too.

As the only candidate or commissioner with a student in Dayton Public Schools, I bring a unique perspective to education. Additionally, I have been active in working with other parents to voice concerns, offer solutions, and work for improvement.

I would use my collaboration skills to bring parties together and to bridge the mistrust created by the untimely reduction in force, the miscommunication between the city and DPS regarding levies, the prolonged contract negotiations, and the controversial appointment of a task force.

Additionally, I will work with community leaders to restore a shared commitment to education - students, parents, residents and leaders.

Daryl Ward: Get behind the new superintendent and board to partner with the other churches and community organizations to make change.

I am a Big brother in the big brother big sister organization. I have been working with my little brother for about four years. When I have done best with him I have set the expectations higher than anyone else around him. And he surpassed my expectations.! But we must surround our children with positive activities and experiences. Because achievement will fade if not enforced.

Let’s create a network of churches and other community organizations to support our children with out of school activities and recreation.

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Opposition cools talk of relocating new Warren County jail

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:40 AM


            Architect Garry McAnally was sent back to the drawing board after unveiling potnetial designs for the new Warren county Jail. STAFF PHOTO BY LAWRENCE BUDD
Architect Garry McAnally was sent back to the drawing board after unveiling potnetial designs for the new Warren county Jail. STAFF PHOTO BY LAWRENCE BUDD

The new Warren County jail is expected to be built near the existing facilities in the county government complex in Lebanon, according to the county commissioners who are to make the decision.

Talk of instead building a new jail off Ohio 63 and Markey Road on Lebanon’s west side at last Tuesday’s meeting prompted a backlash, according to Commissioner Dave Young.

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The land is near expensive new homes and the city’s western gateway, expected to see development for homes and businesses in coming decades.

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On Friday, Young said he, Sheriff Larry Sims and a group put together to advise the commissioners met with the jail architect after the public discussion with the commissioners.

“My primary goal is to build the new facility contiguous to the existing one. And I think we’re going to be able to do it,” Young said.

Young said architects Wachtel & McAnally were tasked with developing a different plan, opening up space in the complex by razing maintenance garages.

Sims has been pressing for a new facility for two years. Last week, he said “Last September” when asked when he wanted to begin designing the new facility.

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On Monday, commissioners Tom Grossmann and Shannon Jones agreed the county complex seemed like the best place for the $50 million jail expected to hold more than 450 inmates and provide adequate space for decades.

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“I’m not considering anything else,” said Grossmann, while holding out for a design that would enable future expansion.

“I don’t want to create a problem in the future,” he said.

Jones joined the other two commissioners in favoring the complex area, but said she awaited the architect’s design and plans for relocating the maintenance facilities.

“With every action, there’s a reaction,” she said.

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Dayton: We need your help to fix potholes

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 7:07 AM


            Dayton city leaders want residents to use an app to report pothole problems.
Dayton city leaders want residents to use an app to report pothole problems.

The asphalt plants have opened after shutting down for the winter, and the city of Dayton hopes crews will be out filling potholes and resurfacing streets beginning next week.

Dayton City Commissioners last week approved a nearly $2.2 million contract for asphalt resurfacing for streets in about 13 neighborhoods. This is the city’s first residential paving contract for 2018.

Here is a list of all the residential streets that the city will repave in 2018: list of roads.

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Weather permitting, crews will get to work grinding existing asphalt and installing new blacktop on streets in neighborhoods including Fairlane, Five Oaks, Five Points, Grafton Hill, Highview Hills, Old Dayton View, Roosevelt, Southern Dayton View and Wolf Creek.

But citizens who wish to report potholes can use the city’s Dayton Delivers app. Citizens can upload photos of the holes on the app. People also can report potholes to the city’s call center by calling 937-333-4800.

“Please help us out by letting us know where we have potholes that need attention,” said Shelley Dickstein, Dayton city manager, “and our staff will work to address those as quickly as possible.”

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Warren County to grant $750,000 tax break on apartment building

Published: Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM


            An apartment at the District at Deerfield is the latest property to be held by the Warren County Port Authority as a way to enable the developer to avoid sales tax on building materials.
An apartment at the District at Deerfield is the latest property to be held by the Warren County Port Authority as a way to enable the developer to avoid sales tax on building materials.

The Warren County Port Authority voted to subsidize development of a 242-unit apartment building to launch a mixed-use community in southern Warren County.

In a teleconference meeting this week, the board approved a resolution agreeing to enable developers of the building as much as $750,000 in sales tax savings on the $28 million, 242-unit apartment building - the first of 12 planned at the District at Deerfield.

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The vote, conditional on obtaining a letter and development agreement demonstrating Deerfield Twp.’s support for the deal, was cast in the absence of board member Dave Bolton, who questioned the deal last week.

“I don’t see how that’s economic development,” Bolton said during a meeting last week. “I don’t understand why this money is being spent by the public.”

Five board members, Greg Sample, Tiffany Zindel, Tammy Laine, Matt Layer and Cheryl Reindl-Johnson voted to conditionally approve the resolution.

Bolton and board member Greg Ficke were absent and did not vote.

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After the meeting, the county obtained a copy of a development agreement between the township and Wilkens Associates II LLC, the name Silverman has taken for this project. The township has agreed to use property tax funds diverted into a tax incremental financing fund to pay for the main road into the development. Also the township is to own the park area at the center of the District of Deerfield.

In the agreement, the township agrees to contribute nearly $4.8 million to the project. The developer has until the end of 2021 to complete the development.

With two members absent on Monday, the board approved 5-0 a resolution to enter into leases with the developer, Silverman and Co. The leases and other agreements needed to seal the deal were not approved on Monday.

The 28-acre District at Deerfield would join a handful of walkable, planned, mixed-use communities in the area, including The Greene, Austin Landing, Liberty Center and the proposed Austin South Springboro.

MORE: What’s happening at Liberty Center

West of the Fields-Ertel-Mason-Montgomery Interstate 71 interchange, the District at Deerfield is to include $140 million in development, including a two-acre public square and an entertainment district, brewpubs, retail and restaurants.

Zindel, who is also the county administrator, said she motioned to conditionally approve the resolution so that the developers could continue forward with work at the site.

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