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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley talked to supporters and colleagues after her second state of the city speech Wednesday.
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Democratic candidates for Ohio governor are holding the first in a series of statewide debates aimed at raising the party's visibility and appeal as it tries to take back the seat from Republicans next year.

 Contenders set to square off in a town hall style forum at Martins Ferry High School Tuesday are former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former state Rep. Connie Pillich and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni.

The mayor says the city's education initiative is showing signs of early success in helping to prepare young people for higher education and entering the workforce.
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is touting the accomplishments of a program designed to help prepare public school students for college and careers.

 

The city launched the City of Learners initiative in 2014. It includes universal pre-K for Dayton children, a program Whaley, who is running for Ohio governor, has said she'd push to expand statewide, if elected.

The mayor says the city's education initiative is showing signs of early success in helping to prepare young people for higher education and entering the workforce.
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Less than a week after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the state is suing five pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid epidemic, the city of Dayton is bringing its own suit. Mayor Nan Whaley Monday announced the lawsuit, which she says is needed to recover costs associated with police, fire, EMS and addiction treatment services.

Dayton City Commissioner Dean Lovelace served six terms and holds the record as the city's longest serving commissioner.
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Many in the Dayton area have been paying tribute to longtime city commissioner Dean Lovelace. Lovelace died Sunday, more than a year after vacating the seat he held for six terms. He was 70 years old.  

Lovelace was seen by many in Dayton politics as a champion for poor and disadvantaged communities throughout his two decades in office. He advocated for a host of economic issues, including fair housing, financial literacy, the earned income tax program and free tax-preparation services.

The mayor says the city's education initiative is showing signs of early success in helping to prepare young people for higher education and entering the workforce.
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A day after a second Republican came into the race for governor, a fourth candidate has announced campaign for the Democratic nomination.

Dayton mayor Nan Whaley announced her candidacy for governor Monday. In her campaign launch, she talked jobs and holding major drug companies accountable for the state’s opioid crisis.

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Some Miami Valley officials are adding their voices to a growing chorus of lawmakers from around the country. They're urging the Trump administration to preserve what they say is a critically needed source of funding for neighborhood improvement projects. The so-called Community Development Block Grants would be eliminated under President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint.

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Community leaders are set to form a Justice Committee in response to controversies at the Montgomery County Jail.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced the group’s formation Monday, after meeting with Sheriff Phil Plummer, Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley, and State senator Peggy Lehner.  The news comes after the Montgomery County Commission asked the Justice Department to investigate alleged civil rights abuses at the Montgomery County Jail.

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Mayor Nan Whaley delivered the annual State of the City address to a full house at City Hall on Wednesday morning. In the 15 minute speech, Whaley touched on multiple issues, including the local and regional economy, downtown revitalization efforts, infrastructure, and education - a focal point of her administration since she took office three years ago.

The mayor noted that Dayton had seen some "dark days" with business closures, unemployment, home foreclosures and vacant and abandoned buildings, yet, proclaimed in her speech, "Dayton is roaring back!"

Mayor Whaley Denounces Effort To Repeal Obamacare

Feb 22, 2017
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley held a news conference on Wednesday morning to discuss the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the Dayton region.

 

President Trump and GOP lawmakers have promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

 

Whaley was one of more than fifty mayors around the country who held similar press conferences on what they called a “Day of Action.”

 

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At a panel discussion event Wednesday in downtown Dayton, a group of prominent business developers, Wright-Patterson Air Force, government and education officials called for new ways of thinking to promote increased economic growth in the Miami Valley. The discussion, organized for the Dayton Development Coalition's 2017 annual meeting, also included proposals to improve Ohio’s education system to prepare more workers for highly skilled manufacturing and technology jobs.

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