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Dayton City Commissioners Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw
City of Dayton

In the race for Dayton City Commission, incumbent candidates Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw have maintained their seats on the commission. Both candidates receiving more than 6700 votes apiece. 

This marks Shaw's second term on the commission and Joseph's fifth. Jospeh and Shaw recently proposed an amendent to the Dayton city charter to allow city firefighters to volunteer in other communities.  Dayton voters overwhelmingly passed the amendment Tuesday.

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Incumbents and challengers are vying for two open seats for the Dayton City Commission in the November 5 election.

The incumbents are Dayton city commissioners Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw. The challengers are Wright-Patterson Air Force Base logistics specialist Shenise Turner-Sloss and community activist David Esrati.

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
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The Dayton City Commission is urging Dayton’s two major health-care systems to sign a transfer agreement with the Miami Valley’s last-remaining abortion provider.

The agreement is required by state law. And without it, the clinic is in danger of closing.

Among the city commission members, four out of five voted in favor of the resolution asking Kettering Health Network and Premier Health to sign the transfer agreement with Women’s Med Center in Kettering.

Legal efforts to challenge the state requirement have so far been unsuccessful.

Dayton City Commissioners Wednesday voted to approve an ordinance banning panhandling along several busy roadways within city limits
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Voters across the Dayton region cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary elections. In the competitive race for Dayton City Commission, five candidates were vying to compete for two open seats in the fall. Now, four candidates move on to a place on the November ballot.

Montgomery County Board of Election unofficial results show voters approved incumbent City Commissioners Matt Joseph, with more than 28 percent of the vote, and Chris Shaw, with more than 25 percent of the vote, to compete in November.

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On Tuesday, four Dayton men, including former city commissioner Joey Williams and current city official Roshawn Winburn, were indicted on a range of charges including bribery, wire fraud, and public corruption. Former state representative Clayton Luckie, and entrepreneur Brian Higgins were also indicted. 

The allegations come ahead of  the May 7 primary election where five candidates are running for two open seats on the city commission.

April Laissle / WYSO

The Dayton Commission held its first meeting Wednesday, one day after federal law enforcement officials revealed a major investigation into alleged fraud and public corruption in the city’s government. The probe is related to the city’s handling of public contracts.

At the commission meeting, Dayton officials announced they’re launching their own separate internal investigation into the federal allegations. 

Dayton City Manager Shelly Dickstein
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Late Tuesday, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley issued a statement commenting on the indictments and arrests of former city commissioner Joey Williams, two other public officials and a Dayton-area business owner. U.S. Department of Justice and FBI officials handed down the indictments alleging public corruption and fraud in Dayton, and city commissioners are following suit with their own comments.

Dayton and Bosnia and Herzegovina sister-city committee members in Sarajevo in 2016
Arch Grieve

Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the 1995 signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, also known as the Dayton Agreement, one of a series of international meetings that led to the end of the Bosnian War.

Since the accord was signed on November 21, 1995, efforts to build the relationship between Dayton and its sister-city, Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina have continued. A recent, sizable grant from the U.S. State Department will go a long way in cementing that relationship.

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Miami Valley Fair Housing

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.

    

This week Dayton will recognize the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1995. Events in the area will include a visit by former President Bill Clinton on Thursday.

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