Former Dayton mayor files to run for county commissioner

Gary Leitzell to challenge Commissioner Dan Foley, Mike Nolan as an independent.

Former Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell of Dayton filed on Monday to run as an independent in the race for Montgomery County commissioner.

If his nominating petitions are certified by the county board of elections Leitzell will face incumbent Democrat Dan Foley and Republican former Miami Twp. Trustee Mike Nolan in the November General Election.

“People wanted me to stay involved and I had to figure where I would be able to best apply my unique skills to better the community and to make sure things are better,” said Leitzell, who believes he will pull voters from both Democratic and Republican parties.

Leitzell won the mayorship as an independent in 2009. He lost a three way race in the May 2013 primary for mayor, and the seat was ultimately won by then-Dayton City Commissioner Nan Whaley.

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William Pace of Dayton filed to run as an independent in the 39th Ohio House district. If his petitions are certified by the county board he would face incumbent State Rep. Fred Strahorn, D-Dayton, and Jeffrey Dalton of Dayton, a Republican.

“I believe we need a prosperous 39th district,” said Pace. “I’m concerned about the many people who are out of work and many people who feel that they need to leave the 39th district and go to find work elsewhere.”

New election board offices sought

Members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections were asked Monday to scout out a new location for board offices. They earlier had rejected the offer of space at the Montgomery County Job Center at 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. over concerns about the office location at the back of the building and parking, said Board Director Jan Kelly. She said board members felt the location would be difficult for the public to access.

Board members were given parameters of what is needed for a new facility and and also will consider retrofitting the current board offices in the basement of the county administration building at 451 W. Third St., Dayton, Kelly said. The board is looking for an existing building with at least 50,000 square feet of office/warehouse space, cement floors, a loading dock and ample parking located in the downtown area and on the Greater Dayton RTA bus line, Kelly said.

Earlier this year the board began discussions of a new location because the current space is too small to accommodate increasing numbers of in-person early voting and the growth in the amount of board voting equipment and supplies. The county also is considering replacing its expensive escalators with stairs, leaving the board reliant on a single elevator serving the basement.

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