Gary Leitzell on track to upset Rhine McLin in Dayton mayoral race

Posted on November 3, 2009

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On an issue of local importance to the Miami Valley, independent challenger Gary Leitzell has pulled ahead of Democratic incumbent Rhine McLin in the race for mayor of Dayton, OH. Leitzell leads McLin by 4 points with 94% of precincts reporting in. I’m making an executive decision and making a call (purely as an amateur) for a Leitzell victory.

McLin seems like a nice enough person, but after two terms as mayor that has seen hemorrhaging jobs and budget shortfalls, the city has little to show for her efforts. It was time for a change, and here’s hoping that Leitzell can do a better job (should he end up winning, of course).

I wonder, though, if McLin does lose, will she follow the path of her predecessor Mike Turner and run for Congress? That might be an interesting matchup, one that McLin won in a contest that sent Turner out of the mayor’s office and to Washington, D.C. Turner, though, now has a pretty good track record on the national level, and the district is larger than just Dayton. It’s some food for thought.

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