Meta: Site Updates, a more Focused Mission, and the Road Ahead
We have made some changes to the website that include a bunch of new content and resources. We have also refocused our mission while remaining true to the values that originally inspired Reconstructing Dayton. Finally, we look to the future and what we hope to accomplish in the summer of 2021.
2021 Dayton Special Election Results & Analysis
We look at the 2021 Dayton “special election” (primary). Who won, who lost, and what the future may hold.
Valerie Duncan and the Importance of Neighborhoods
Recently we sat down with Valerie Duncan, candidate for the Dayton City Commission, and we talked about the importance of Dayton's neighborhoods to revitalizing the city. This is the primary pillar of Duncan's campaign and she has quite a bit of experience with Dayton's neighborhoods. She has worked with priority boards, neighborhood associations, and community organizations in the Dayton area for decades. This work has shaped Duncan's platform and she clearly believes that working with...
Dayton City Charter Proposals: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
We take a look at proposed amendments to the Dayton City Charter that will appear on the ballot in May. Although we think one of them is worth voting for, the others all have major problems that should concern Dayton citizens. Make sure you know the implications of these amendments before election day.
Sunshine Week: Bringing Awareness to Public Records
This past week was Sunshine Week, a week the press uses to bring attention to open government and public records. Although Ohio’s Sunshine laws claim to support open government, we believe they fail to live up to this promise. We look at the state of open government locally and changes that could be made to make a truly open government.
The Inefficiencies of the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office: A Deeper Look at Bonuses
We put out public records requests to counties around Ohio to see if the bonus system of the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office is standard practice. Our research indicates that it is not. In this post we parse through the data and try to figure out why the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office is run differently than other counties.