The number one question I have been asked lately is, “Why in the world would you want to run for office?” That’s a great question. I’m still trying to encapsulate my answer into a 10 second sound byte. But the best answer I can give you at this point is, “I was asked to run by the people I have been serving.” People at our food outreaches have said things to me like, “This city really needs someone like you. You should run for mayor.” The implication being, or at least the perception out there is that no one out there cares. Or at least no one cares about … [Read more...] about Adventures of a Dayton City Commissioner Wannabe
I have heard over the years that Dayton has the highest giving per capita over any other city in Ohio. Then I found this Dayton Daily News Article from August 2012 that validated what I believed to be true… Dayton Leads Ohio Metros in Charitable Giving “Dayton is the most generous major metropolitan area in Ohio, with residents on average donating 4.6 percent of their discretionary incomes to charity, according to a new analysis. Dayton metropolitan residents overall give less money to charity than people in Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland, but local residents give … [Read more...] about Our Gem City is Known for Generosity
My wife and I recently took a three-week road trip across the southeast United States. 4,400 miles and fifteen states over three weeks. Call me crazy… For the record, my wife was not initially all that excited about my vision for our one-and-only vacation this year. I assured her we would have ample beach time to balance out all the longish stretches of driving and family visits sprinkled throughout. (You know the old saying coined by Benjamin Franklin about guests and fish? Both begin to smell after three days!) We would drive a while, check into a hotel, have a meal or two … [Read more...] about Road Trip! (or Vacation in Dayton?)
I was asked how I was going to follow up my first article, simply titled, “Why??” It chronicles my journey from my small-town upbringing (cue John Mellencamp’s “Small Town.”) to residing in the big city… Dayton. First, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of your for your support and kind words of encouragement for my first article. I must say, I was a bit humbled… And now, here I sit, poised in front of my laptop, equally as humbled to have been asked to write a follow-up piece. (Thanks Lisa Grigsby!) So… I know how this … [Read more...] about “Why?? The Sequel”
Why?? I have been asked that question a hundred times. “Why would you sell your house in Beavercreek and move to Dayton?" I have been around Dayton for most of my life. I grew up in Eaton, just 25 miles west of Dayton. I attended the Montgomery County Join Vocational School (now Miami Valley Career Technology Center) my junior and senior years of high school. Then off to the big city I went, to attend the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where I earned my degree in Visual Communication. Soon after graduation, I landed my first ad agency job at Flynn/Sabatino located at Fourth … [Read more...] about Why??