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On Monday, Nan Whaley was sworn in as the new mayor for the city of Dayton. In her first address to the city, the former city commissioner focused on the importance of education. Whaley told a large crowd at the Dayton Convention Center that well-educated young people are key to improving the city’s housing and job markets.

“The fact that almost half of Dayton’s third graders are at risk of not being promoted to fourth grade under Ohio’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee is an undeniable wake-up call," said Whaley.

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A city commissioner has defeated a former judge to win the election as Dayton's next mayor in the nonpartisan race. Nan Whaley won about 56 percent of the vote to defeat A.J. Wagner in unofficial returns Tuesday with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

Whaley had 9,091 votes to Wagner's 7,029 votes, or nearly 44 percent. 

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In the weeks leading up to November 5th, endorsements for both Democratic candidates for Dayton mayor, A.J. Wagner and Nan Whaley, continue to come in. Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown endorsed Whaley last week. In a interview with WYSO Thursday, Sen. Brown said he chose to make an endorsement because local politics play a big part in the recovery of the region, which has been suffering since the loss of companies like DHL, NCR and General Motors.

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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.

The race for Dayton mayor between City Commissioner Nan Whaley, and former Montgomery County Pleas Judge A J Wagner will be decided on November 5th. Both candidates are Democrats but they disagree on a number of issues. As part of WYSO's 2013 election coverage, we spoke with both candidates about where they stand.  

Here is where each candidate stands on the issues we talked about:

THE PERCEPTION OF DAYTON AS A "DYING CITY"

Dayton Opposes "Stand Your Ground" Bill

Aug 29, 2013

The city of Dayton introduced a resolution Wednesday that opposes “stand your ground” legislation being considered at the Ohio house.

Right now, Ohio law says you have the right to defend yourself if you’re in your home. But if you’re outside, you have to retreat. If House Bill 203 is passed, it would allow you to fight back anywhere.

Dayton is the first city in the state to come out against the proposed legislation. Commissioner Nan Whaley says it won’t help the city’s initiative to reduce gun violence, and that citizens have raised concerns about the bill.

Ohio Voters are going to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on a handful of issues, school levies and charter amendments. In Dayton, the outcome will decide who will be on the November ballot for Dayton mayor as well as city commissioners.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for April 28, 2013 including the following stories:

- A wrap up of Emily McCord's interviews with the Dayton mayoral candidates ahead of the primary election:

Nan Whaley is a Dayton City Commissioner and endorsed by the Democratic Party, who says the economy will be her focus if she's elected mayor. Whaley says she has plans to bring jobs through leveraging the city's assets and will restore blighted neighborhoods by tearing down unlivable properties. Whaley also says a welcoming, vibrant community will attract people here. Whaley sat down in an interview with Emily McCord April 18, 2013 ahead of the Mayoral Primary May 7th, where she faces incumbent Gary Leitzell and Democrat A.J. Wagner.


A.J. Wagner is a former Montgomery County court judge and county auditor. He says his experience is what distinguishes him as a candidate for Dayton mayor and hopes to win the primary in May, as he challenges incumbent Gary Leitzell and Democrat Nan Whaley. WYSO's Emily McCord is interviewing all the candidates to learn more about them and their positions.


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