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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Super Event!

I have seven bottles of whiskey that I am donating to the cause. Two Jim Beam bottles from around 1985 that have not been opened. A bottle of Glenmorangie 10 that is from the 1990s. A bottle of Laphroaig 10 that I was given in 2003. A bottle of Makers 46, Old Grand Dad and Wild Turkey. $50 donations receive a food ticket and three drink tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for an additional donation at the event while supplies last.

  Get Early Bird Tickets Here

Heads up. Drink supplies other than aged whiskey should be fine. The food must be finalized three days in advance so don't wait to get your tickets. If we exceed 50 Early Bird Tickets before the 15th then I can order more brisket.

Drink responsibly please!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Letter to the President

Several weeks ago there was a feeding frenzy by the local newspaper. They pitted Republican Congressman Mike Turner against Democratic Mayor Nan Whaley over the issue of immigration reform and the need to accommodate  illegal aliens under the age of 18 coming to the U.S. illegally. Rather than point fingers and name call, I sent a letter to the president proposing a very simple solution. That was to issue a North American Intercontinental Passport that grant Canadians, Mexicans and U.S. Citizens the ability to travel anywhere in North America and a system to permit working in adjacent countries. Charge an additional $20 for passports and use the money to secure, along with Mexico and Canada, the southern Mexico border which is a narrower border to patrol. I did get a reply. It is the typical political rhetoric that one would expect from a staff member to the White House but I wanted to share it with you. I also felt that you should know how I deal with problem solving. Instead of writing to complain about the comments an elected official makes publicly, I offer "out of the box" solutions. Would this work? Possibly. The real question is "What would it cost to try?"
Dear Gary:
Thank you for writing.  I am deeply concerned about the unaccompanied migrant children arriving at our border.  This is an urgent situation, and it underscores the need to drop the politics, respond quickly and effectively, and fix our broken immigration system once and for all.
My Administration continues to address this situation with an aggressive, coordinated Federal response on both sides of the border.  We’re making sure we have sufficient facilities to appropriately house and process those who cross our border illegally.  We’re also working with Central American leaders to publicize the dangers of the journey and to reinforce that apprehended migrants are ultimately returned to their home countries in keeping with the law.  However, it is our legal and moral obligation to treat unaccompanied children with care and compassion while they’re in our custody.  
Since the beginning of July, we have seen some initial signs of progress along our Southwest border—thanks in part to my Administration’s response.  We are not declaring victory, and we must continue our intensive efforts on both sides of the border.  We will keep taking aggressive steps to surge resources to our Southwest border, deter both adults and children from this dangerous journey, increase capacity for enforcement and removal proceedings, and quickly and safely return unlawful migrants who do not qualify for humanitarian relief to their home countries.  And I’ve asked Congress to provide the funding these efforts need.  
In the long run, though, the best way to truly address this problem is to fix our broken immigration system through comprehensive legislation like the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate last year.  It would have strengthened our border security, equipped us with better technology, and bolstered the resources and personnel vital for an efficient removal process—including additional Border Patrol agents, asylum officers, immigration judges, and access to legal counsel.  It would have also combated transnational crime and cracked down on criminal networks.
Again, I appreciate your perspective.  I am working diligently to bring an end to this situation, and we intend to do the right thing by these children.  But I have repeatedly made clear that parents need to know this is an incredibly dangerous situation, and they should not put their children in the hands of criminals.
Barack Obama

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fund Raiser at the "Crack House"

Remember this from 2009?

Well, it is happening again. If you missed your chance 5 years ago, now is the time to catch up!

Gary Leitzell
For Montgomery County Commissioner

You are respectfully invited to a Pancake Breakfast at
“This Old Crack House.”

Enjoy homemade pancakes with delectable toppings.
View before/after photos of “This Old Crack House.”
Suggested donation: $15.00 per person
All proceeds and donations will go to “Friends of Gary Leitzell.”

Please RSVP or there won’t be enough pancakes for you!
(937) 253-1359 or
twitter @GaryLeitzell
Where: 114 Volkenand Ave., Dayton, OH 45410
(Across the street from Wayne Ave. Family Video)
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Date: Sunday September 7, 2014

Paid for by Friends of Gary Leitzell
Dan Kennedy, treasurer, 525 Heiss Ave. Dayton, OH 45403