Tue October 29, 2013
Dayton Mayoral Candidates Receive Diverse Endorsements in Final Days of Campaign
On Monday, Dayton mayoral candidate A.J. Wagner received a slew of endorsements from Democrats and republicans alike.
Wagner has listed his ability to work across party lines as a key strength in his bid for mayor. On October 28th, he received public endorsements from Independent Mayor Gary Leitzel, Republican Congressman Mike Turner, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and Democrat Rhine McLin, former mayor of Dayton. McLin was not present at the news conference where the endorsements were made.
Wagner, who trails City Commissioner Nan Whaley in campaign fundraising, says he's pleased by the support.
"In thirty-five years of politics in Dayton, I've never seen such a diverse group of citizens come together to support a candidate," said Wagner. "I am really impressed by the number of people from various walks of life who want to see this city and region change."
Greg Gantt, former chair of the Montgomery County Republican Party and Dayton School Board President Joe Lacey also stood up to support Wagner.
Nan Whaley has received the support of the Montgomery County Democratic Party, several unions and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.
*An earlier version of this story mistakenly noted the Montgomery County Democrat Party.