Dayton Firefighters Endorse Nan Whaley For Mayor

February 7, 2013

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share a press release that just went out.  I am honored to be endorsed by Dayton Firefighters Local #136, and I wanted to share it with all of you!

Sincerely Honored,



Dayton Firefighters Endorse Nan Whaley For Mayor

Local 136 see strong ally in Whaley.

Dayton, OH – Commissioner Nan Whaley in a letter from President Gaye Jordan, received the endorsement of Firefighters Local # 136.

Addressing Commissioner Whaley, the letter states, “Through your dedicated work as a City Commissioner, you have tirelessly worked to do the right thing as it relates to the City organization and public safety.  You distinguish yourself through your commitment to public service, civic involvement, and vast understanding of local government and the challenges faced.”

They also state, “You have a unique ability to build coalitions to address issues.  Your work as a City Commissioner demonstrates your expertise in identifying problems, working with groups to find solutions, and making progress.”

In response, Commissioner Whaley issued the following statement, “I am honored to have the endorsement of the Dayton Firefighters.  The men and women that make up our safety forces deserve our utmost respect, so to know that I have their backing and that they look forward to continuing to work with me is quite humbling.  I will continue to stand with our firefighters, both in the city of Dayton and beyond.”

Whaley currently faces two competitors in the May 7th primary; twenty-seven year politician A.J. Wagner and current Mayor Gary Leitzell.

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A Jobs Plan For Dayton: Your Ideas

January 22, 2013
When I roll out our Jobs Plan For Dayton on January 29th I will be doing it with support of the citizens and stakeholders of Dayton.  We have had several great ideas put forth that I am going to incorporate into the final draft of the plan.  Will your ideas be a part of it?  Will you let us hear your voice?
  • What rational and realistic ideas do you have to create jobs?
  • How can we leverage our current assets?
  • How can we support creative collaboration within our city?
Please send your thoughts to me at by January 25th.  I have always believed in the character of the people of Dayton, their capacity to rise to the occasion, to confront adversity head-on, and to rebuild their city.
I look forward to reading your ideas!

The Legacy of Dr. King

January 22, 2013


Allow me to reflect upon how the work of Dr. King remains alive in Dayton today and in the future.

Every day, we should be thinking about, and lifting up, the work of Dr. King and the many people who hoped with him, who worked with him and continued his work after his death. 

This weekend, especially, is a time to consider what has been achieved and what remains to be done. As we celebrate Dr. King’s birth and life, we also celebrate the second inauguration of Barack Obama, our first African-American President.

It is incredible to me how much we have achieved and how close we are to the mountain top.

But, mountains always seem to get steeper as they get higher and the hardest part of a climb is the last mile, the last yard, the last steps.  We know there are more heights to climb, more steps to take before we reach the mountaintop that Dr. King has already been to and from which he saw the Promised Land.

Anthony Whitmore, the General Chairperson of Dayton’s MLK Celebration, told me that this year’s theme “The Struggle Can Be Won” came from the writings of Bayard Rustin.  Mr. Rustin was one of the many people who worked with Dr. King in his efforts to bring America out of the darkness of discrimination and into the light of the Promised Land. 

Not knowing a lot about Mr. Rustin, I Googled him, and I found another quote that spoke to me.  “We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.”

Today I call upon the people of the Dayton community to be angelic troublemakers along with me.  If things aren’t working, let’s fix them together.  If there is angelic trouble to make, we are ready to make it with you.

But we cannot just be troublemakers; we must also be angelic fixers and angelic healers.  Let’s make trouble, but let’s also make solutions and let’s make progress. And let’s make it together. 

A Jobs Plan For Dayton

January 14, 2013

Dayton has a choice. We could primarily manage decline, contraction and loss and continue to get smaller and smaller. Or we could leverage a substantial bounty of assets to encourage smart growth through leadership and vision.

The Dayton of today is incrementally and steadily re-positioning itself for a new generation of economic vibrancy. We have significant assets that are providing stability and growth as well as providing an opportunity to re-image and grow a healthier and greener city for the future.

I believe to do this we must have a common vision. On January 29th I will be releasing a Jobs Plan for Dayton. Just as the City is not one person, this plan cannot work without input from the citizens and stakeholders. I am asking for your input.

  • What rational and realistic ideas do you have to create jobs?
  • How can we leverage our current assets?
  • How can we support creative collaboration within our city?

Please send your thoughts and constructive criticism to me at by January 25th. I have always believed in the character of the people of Dayton, their capacity to rise to the occasion, to confront adversity head-on, and to rebuild their city.

I look forward to reading your ideas, and would like to close with a quote by American statesman Daniel Webster that I used when I announced my intention to run for Mayor.

“Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered.”

Because It Matters

December 4, 2012
Daniel Webster's quote on the Monument near the Veteran's Memorial Bridge.

Daniel Webster’s quote on the Monument near the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge.

In March of next year, Dayton will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1913.  Anyone who knows the history of Dayton knows what a lasting impression that event had on this city and the entire region.  The aftermath of the Great Flood stands as a testament to the character of the people of Dayton, their capacity to rise to the occasion, to confront adversity head-on, and to rebuild their city in the face of incredible odds.

One hundred years later, the character of this city is summoned once again to respond not to a natural disaster, but to a long period of economic decline.  Dayton finds itself at a crossroads; we can continue to manage our decline or we can rise to the occasion.  We can stand by and let events unfold or we can redefine ourselves and make our own future.

I have spent the past nine months talking and listening to people in Dayton about the future of this city.  I have met with people from all walks of life; community and business leaders, small business owners and labor leaders, neighborhood activists and clergy.

As we discussed the future of Dayton, the conversation always came back to the importance of leadership and the role the mayor of Dayton should play.

One of the people I spoke with was former Dayton City Commissioner Mark Henry, who told me “the Mayor of Dayton should matter.”  That statement seems pretty simple, but it is really quite meaningful.

The Mayor of Dayton SHOULD matter.  The Mayor of Dayton DOES matter.

It matters to families who want safe, clean, stable neighborhoods with affordable housing where they can count on quality city services.

It matters to business owners and those in the workforce who want a growing, thriving community that supports and creates opportunities to succeed through hard work.

It matters to the residents of this entire region that benefit from a robust urban core and leadership that focuses on our strengths as a region.

It matters to my family, friends and colleagues who have always been so supportive of me and have urged me to play a greater role in this city’s future.

And, it matters to me, who came to this city to attend the University of Dayton and chose to stay here and make Dayton my home.   I met my husband here, bought my first house here, and launched my career here.  As a young, professional woman, it matters to me that Dayton be a healthy, vibrant community that provides opportunities for everyone in all parts of the city.

Because it matters and because I believe in what Dayton can be, I am excited to announce my candidacy for Mayor of the City of Dayton in 2013.

This town has taught me so much since I first stepped foot on the UD campus in the fall of 1994.  I have learned a lot during my time in public service, and I have learned a lot while serving two terms on the Dayton City Commission.  I know this city has a rich history.  I am running for mayor because I believe Dayton deserves an even richer future.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves.  The process never ends.”  This campaign for mayor will be about the shaping of a new era for Dayton, the turning of a new page.

We can choose to embrace the challenges before us and to work tirelessly to build a better city.

We can choose to invest in our neighborhoods to create strong urban spaces to live, work, and raise a family.

We can choose to invest in our workforce and to take advantage of our schools and universities to create a culture of learning.

We can choose to leverage our natural assets and resources and invest in technology and innovation to take control of our destiny.

We can choose to do all these things – we MUST choose to do all these things to ensure a better future for Dayton.

To all those who believe in this great city as I do, who believe that Dayton’s best days lie ahead, I call on you to join me in this endeavor; I call on every corner of this city to become part of this effort.

In 1825, American statesman Daniel Webster delivered an address at the laying of the cornerstone of the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, Massachusetts.  A quote from Webster’s speech is engraved in marble directly behind the Speaker’s chair in the U.S. House of Representatives, and this same quote is carved in a monument by the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge in Dayton, standing on the banks of the Great Miami River overlooking downtown.   One hundred years after the Great Flood, these words echo over Dayton as a call to action.

“Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered.”

Ed Smith Flowers

October 6, 2012

I love it when I get the chance to visit locally owned businesses on Talk to City Hall.  This time I talked with Brian Smith, owner of Ed Smith Flowers, on Riverview Avenue in historic McPherson Town.  After 57 years lots have changed but Ed Smith Florist is still going and his partnership with the neighborhood is strong.  What a great local business!  you can visit them online at or visit them at their store, just over the bridge from downtown Dayton.

More people walking to work in Dayton!

September 17, 2012

The percentage of Dayton residents commuting to work on foot has grown from 5.3 percent to 6.8 percent as of the end of 2010, according to a report recently published by the U.S. Department of Transportation using data gathered by the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

The increase in the percentage of residents walking to work places Dayton among the top 30 American communities showing increases since 2000. Erie County is the only other Ohio community in the top 30 list.

Dayton’s increase in walking commuters comes amid implementation of the City of Dayton’s Livable Streets policy, a City Commission-approved initiative designed to make streets more accessible and accommodating for all users of public streets, including bicyclists, pedestrians, children, people with disabilities and public transit users.

The Livable Streets policy, adopted in early 2010, calls for inclusion where possible of wider sidewalks, bike lanes and sharrows, street trees, street furniture, green space, landscaping and accommodations for public transit users. The policy is part of a multi-faceted effort to successfully transition Dayton to a sustainable live-learn-work-play urban environment.

Fill the Boot!

August 27, 2012

City of Dayton Firefighters will be conducting a “Fill-the-Boot” fundraising campaign over Labor Day weekend to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Firefighters will be accepting donations on August 29, 30 and 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Third and Keowee St.
  • Courthouse Square
  • Stanley Ave. and Troy St.
  • Brown Street
  • Oregon District
  • Brandt Pike Krogers
  • West Third St. at James H. McGee Blvd.
  • Siebenthaler and Riverside
  • Watervliet Ave. and Smithville Rd.
  • Siebenthaler and Klepinger
  • Westtown Shopping Center
  • Smithville Krogers

Free Swim Lessons at Dayton Rec Centers!

August 8, 2012

Free youth and adult swim lessons are available from the Dayton Department of Recreation and Youth Services from August 20 to September 9.

The free, 45-minute lessons are scheduled by age group (ages 6 months to 5 years, 5 to 15 years, and 16 and up) and are designed to promote the importance of knowing how to swim. The classes will give people who may be hesitant about swimming an opportunity to sample the City’s aquatic classes and demonstrate how easy it is to learn to swim. “Drowning and injuries resulting from the lack of swimming skills are often preventable” said LaShea Smith, Director of Recreation and Youth Services. “We are providing free swim lessons as a community service for three weeks to encourage everyone to take a class that may say a life.” The lessons will be offered at three City of Dayton pools: the Family Aquatic Center (2021 W. Third St., 333-4742); Belmont Pool (2366 Glenarm Ave., 333-2128); and Dabney Pool (1600 Princeton Dr., 333-3053). For a complete schedule of lessons, go to or call 333-8400.

Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning; two out of these 10 are children aged 14 or younger. Among youth 1 to 14 years old, drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes. Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates, occurring most often in home swimming pools.

Help make it the Last Dam Summer!

August 1, 2012


We have been talking about it awhile:  remove the Low Dam in front of Dayton Art Institute and make the river navigable.  With the leadership of Mike Ervin, co-chair of the Greater Downtown Plan we are almost there.  Watch the video as I talk this month at the banks of the Great Miami and consider giving a dam at  We are almost there!