Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Let's Answer Some Questions.

Why are you running for County Commissioner?

When people in Dayton woke up the day after the primary election in May 2013, they were upset and confused. They were not upset at me. They did not understand how a mayoral primary is conducted in Dayton when an independent candidate is involved and there are more than two candidates. They were confused because they thought that an independent incumbent was automatically on the November ballot. Generally a primary is to elect a party representative to appear on the November ballot. This was not the case so hundreds of people asked me to stay involved.
In June 2013 I had heard from several reliable sources that the incumbent County Commissioner was not planning to run again for his seat in 2014. I was told that he was looking at another opportunity with a local development group that would pay him almost double his salary. I pulled petitions to run for the seat in July 2013. It made the local paper. Since I am an independent candidate, I was required to get 1852 valid signatures from registered voters in order to appear on the ballot. Party endorsed candidates require just 50 signatures. This meant that I would need around 3000 signatures in order to ensure validity. It also meant that I needed to start early. The incumbent did not express an interest in running for reelection until it was announced in December 2013. At the time of the announcement I had already collected 1000 signatures and was facing a May 5th deadline  to collect the remainder.

I am running for what I believed was an open seat. I am running because 2900 people signed my petition and believe in my vision. I am running because I know I can continue my success I had in Dayton to the county level. I am running because I am an independent who is not afraid to take calculated risks. Montgomery County needs an independent thinker, problem solver, a business minded spirit. We need to Kick It Up in Montgomery County. That is why I am running. That is why you need to vote for me on November 4th.

Gary Leitzell