Happy Mom’s Day & Thanks Planned Parenthood!

PP - Nan and Ann Whaley with Ms. Richards(1)

I love Mother and Father’s Day. They are great Sundays; reminding us to spend time with our families. Today, Sam and I will be heading to Cincinnati to visit with my Mom and Dad and brother and sister-in-law and of course my adorable niece and nephew.
But this past Thursday, Mom and I got the chance to hear Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati. It made my Mom think of how lucky she was to have access to Planned Parenthood even before I was born. Here is what she had to say:

“One of the women in attendance at this event asked me how long I have been associated with Planned Parenthood. That question has made me give a lot of thought to women’s fight through the years to gain control of our health, particularly our reproductive health.
I am over 60 years old and when I was a young adult pharmaceutical contraception was in its infancy. Many doctors would not prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women without the written consent of their parents. Few, if any, insurance policies covered contraceptive prescriptions. The option for young women who wanted to control their life plan was limited. Planned Parenthood was the one organization that offered non judgmental, affordable women’s health care to a population that was in need of this service. I was one of those young women in need of this service.
It is hard to believe that in 2014 many young women are still facing the same problems regarding their reproductive health care as I did 40 years ago.”

I am so grateful that my Mom got to choose when she wanted to start her family. And I am glad to be a small part of women across the country that supports choices for all women. And I am so lucky to be raised by such a strong woman.

Thank You Dayton!

Thank you Dayton! I’m pleased that voters have overwhelmingly voted to renew a portion of our income tax that goes to fund vital services like police, fire and ambulances. Now that the current rate (since 1984) is permanent, we’ll save future election expenses and help increase our bond rating. We’ll continue to invest your tax dollars wisely to move this great city forward!

Vote Early!

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State Representative Fred Strahorn and I voted this week to send Dee Gillis to the State Senate, Yes on Issue 1 and Yes on Issue 6.

This is the final week to early vote for the May 6th Primary Election.  Here are the remaining times to vote downtown at the Board of Elections, 451 W. Third Street:
— Thursday, May 1st and Friday, May 2nd from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

— Saturday, May 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

After May 3rd you may only vote on Election Day, Tuesday, May 6th at your voting precinct from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Please join me in voting for Dee Gillis for Ohio State Senate.  Dee is a retired small business owner who wants restore voting rights to Ohio, including expanded weekend early voting.  Dee will fight for equality and better paying jobs for Dayton.

I join County Engineer Paul Gruner in supporting Issue 1, which is crucial to maintaining Ohio’s infrastructure, roads and bridges.  This measure has been renewed for 30 years and has bi-partisan support.

It is critical that we vote yes on Issue on 6 to renew a portion of Dayton’s income tax.  The 0.5 percent income tax goes to fund vital services like police, fire and ambulances.  We are asking for only a renewal, keeping the tax at the same rate it has been since 1984 and making the rate permanent to save on future election expenses.  The issue has a wide range of support receiving endorsements from the Montgomery County Democratic Party and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Whether you vote early or on May 6th, please get out and ensure your voice is heard! Thank you.

 

First 100 Days

Today marks my 100th day in office and I am using this time to reflect and update the citizens of Dayton on the progress we have made. I have held meetings with business and community leaders and public forums discussing everything from the building permit process to snow removal. I truly appreciate everyone’s generous time and useful comments as we define Dayton’s priorities. Some of the highlights include:

Business

  • Completed six Mayor’s Business Round Table meetings with 38 business owners.
  • Held meetings with 10 of the top 25 CEOs in the region.
  • Working with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, the Dayton Development Coalition and REDI Cincinnati, submitted an application for the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership designation from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to strengthen the aerospace industry and supply chain in the region.
  • Continued advocacy for the greater downtown through the announcement of Bike Share, the anchor tenant commitment for the Water Street development, the expansion of CareSource, and collaborative meetings with the arts community.
  • Continued to work with the Dayton Regional Manufacturing Task Force to expand national partnerships.
  • Met with the President, Vice President, Governor, and other federal, state and local officials to discuss the City’s priorities for the coming four years.

Education

  • Kicked off the City of Learners Committee with over 60 community leaders.
  • Completed four community listening sessions, receiving great feedback on ways to improve the quality of education in the City.
  • Eight more listening sessions and weekly Education Moments are planned for the future.
  • Positioned Dayton to be selected as a community partner with the National League of Cities and the U.S. Department of Education to discuss strategies to advance learning, enhance student engagement and improve schools.

I am thrilled with the support I have received from the business community and citizens alike as we have begun to move Dayton forward. In the months ahead, we will continue our community outreach through the new citizen engagement strategy and neighborhood front porch meetings. Although the work may be hard, Dayton has a resilient spirit that helps us overcome great obstacles, and will again make Dayton a strong and prosperous city.

Thanks for your support.

Friends of Nan Whaley, Mark Owens, Treasurer, 443 E. 6th Street, Dayton, OH 45402