David Esrati Congressional Candidate Ohio District 10
Biography of David Esrati from Elect Esrati
David Esrati is a first generation American, born in Celina Ohio, raised in Cleveland Heights.
He graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1980, entered the US Army in 1981 and served with 7th Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg and then the 11th Special Forces Group in Jamestown Ohio as a reservist.
A Wright State University graduate, he has a BSB in Marketing.
He has lived in the South Park Historic district since Jan 28, 1986 (the day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded) in a 2 story frame home that he bought for $14,500 while a sophomore in college. His first introduction to politics was when the city cited him for putting up the wrong kind of garage door and took him to court. The lack of support from elected officials inspired him to run for Mayor against Clay Dixon in 1993. That was the year another political neophyte, Mike Turner also ran for mayor. Often getting confused for each other on the campaign trail, Esrati was the one who financed his own campaign with $1000 and eschewed donations.
He came in a respectable 4th in the 6 way primary, and then jumped in to run for the commission seat vacated by Mark Henry in the fall. He split out the vote between two well know wives of politicians and helped Dean Lovelace finally reach the commission on his fourth run.
He has run for Commission, or attempted to run (running into well documented issues with the Montgomery County Board of (S)Elections and petitions many times.
He has run for the Democratic nomination to Congress 2 previous times.
He runs an influential and well read political blog www.esrati.com that he has been publishing since 2005.
Along the way:
- He started the first for profit neighborhood development corporation South Park Social Capital
- Served as President for 2 terms of Historic South Park Inc.
- Been named one of Dayton’s 40 under 40 by the Dayton Business Journal
- Served as an unofficial big brother since 1988 to an inner city youth
- Coached youth hockey
- Co-Founded www.vob108.org- the leading organization for Veteran Owned Businesses in SW Ohio. He currently is the CO (Commanding officer after serving as the XO for 6 years)
He runs a well respected and award winning ad agency: The Next Wave.
He teaches a seminar, Webistetology monthly that introduces businesses to using open source tools to manage their websites themselves.
He has also been a speaker at many preofessional conferences on using the web efficiently.
His home and life is filled with his long term partner, Teresa Whitley, her two daughters, two dogs and 2 turtles.
In his limited spare time, he likes to play ice hockey, work out, read, and blog. He prefers scooters and motorcycles and bicycles as modes of transportation.