Wortham served as a Dayton Police officer for seven years and said that background will help him connect and serve the people of Montgomery County.
“I am a fiscal conservative, former police officer, and businessman who is ready to fight for American prosperity and freedom,” Wortham said. “I worked the frontlines as a patrolman protecting the Constitution. I have a unique understanding of government efficiencies and inefficiencies. In business, I made tough decisions to improve profitability and job creation within American companies.”
He said his priorities as commissioner will be business development, removing red tape and making government services more efficient.
“I’m not your typical politician, I’m blunt and I tell it like it is,” he said. “I battled in the street as a police officer and businessman for nearly a decade. I’m fearless and ready to battle the corruption and abuse of power within our government.”
Wortham was terminated as a Dayton Police Officer in 2019 after he was accused of making a false statement during an investigation into an off-duty interaction he had with two officers. He has appealed that termination.
He said he is proud of his record of being a Dayton Police Office and said he believes the employment issue does not negatively impact his electability.
“I think it helps it, people respect that I risked my life to serve my community,” Wortham said. “It shows how deeply committed I am to public service.
“My case review shows that I am here to make the police department better,” he said.
Wortham said not enough is being done to treat officers in the county who regularly experiences traumatic events. Neglecting law enforcement’s mental health can be dangerous, Wortham said, and as commissioner will focus on properly funding tools that address that issue.
Wortham previously ran for Dayton city commissioner.
Bowers worked for the Dayton Fire Department for 30 years and has described himself as a Biblical conservative.
“I’ve concluded that Montgomery County needs commissioners with experience in crisis management and emergency management in which I have 30 years experience. And hands on ministry of solving people’s problems in which I have 47 years experience,” he said. “The challenges the county faces today of economic uncertainty and inflation leading to recession created by this Democratic Party administration places great demand on our public safety forces and our resources designed to help the needy. Leadership with experience is needed in this hour. I will provide it.”
He said his top priorities if elected will be creating good jobs, controlling spending and creating a culture of accountability and transparency for children and human services. He said situations like the one Takoda Collins’ faced should never happen again.
“Children are our most precious and vulnerable responsibility. Make them a priority,” he said.
He said he is prepared to be a Montgomery County commissioner.
“One of the chief functions of county government is assisting the citizens through human services and a fair and equitable justice system,” he said. “I have hands-on, roll up your sleeves experience in these areas. I have 24 years experience in personnel management as a Lieutenant, Captain, and District Chief with the Dayton Fire Department. I know how and have been successful in developing an atmosphere of the buck stops here accountability, get the job done, no excuses, figure out solutions as we work together.”
Bowers ran for mayor of Dayton in November and loss to Jeffrey Mims.