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Nan Whaley
Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, Ohio USA.jpg
56th Mayor of Dayton
Assumed office
January 4, 2014
Preceded by Gary Leitzell
Personal details
Born (1976-01-23) January 23, 1976 (age 43)
Mooresville, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Sam Braun
Education University of Dayton ( BA)
Wright State University ( MPA)
Website Official website

Nannette L. Whaley (born January 23, 1976) is an American politician and the mayor of Dayton, Ohio, having been elected in November 2013 following two City Commission terms. [1] [2]

Personal life and education

Whaley grew up in Indiana, but has lived in Ohio since attending the University of Dayton, where she earned her B.A. in Chemistry. Whaley also has a M.P.A. from Wright State University where she previously served as an Adjunct Professor. [1] She is a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and a graduate of Leadership Miami Valley. [3] In 1998, she settled in the Five Oaks neighborhood where she and her husband Sam reside today.


Whaley was first elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, Nan was one of the youngest women ever chosen for a commission seat. Nan served on the Montgomery County Board of Elections and as a deputy to Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith. [3] [4] Whaley was elected mayor of Dayton in 2013, winning 56 percent of the vote. [5] In 2017, she was unopposed for reelection, making it the first uncontested mayoral race in the city’s history since voters have elected the office separately. [6] Before her election as Mayor she served on Greater Ohio’s Community Revitalization Committee, the Learn to Earn Executive Committee for Education, the Montgomery County Planning Commission and the Dayton Access Television Board of Trustees. [3]

Early in her political career Whaley, while in college, was instrumental in reorganizing the College Democrats and later served as Ohio Chair of the College Democrats. [3] Whaley is also a four-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention, worked for John Kerry's presidential campaign, and served as a presidential elector. [1]

Ahead of the 2018 election cycle, Whaley considered a run for Congress before declaring her candidacy for Governor of Ohio. [7] On May 8, 2017, Whaley announced that she was running for Governor in the 2018 election on a platform of job creation. [8] She dropped out of the race on January 12, 2018, and endorsed Richard Cordray. [9]


Economic development

Early in her time in office, Whaley founded the Dayton Region Manufacturing Task Force, which is "a regional effort committed to advocating for manufacturing and promoting a strong manufacturing workforce." [10] Initiatives like this and a surge of high tech and research jobs have spurred $600,000,000 in investment in the region. [11] [12] Since Whaley was sworn into office on January 4, 2014, the unemployment rate in the City of Dayton has declined from 9.3% to 5.7%. [13] In 2015, Site Selection magazine named Dayton, which has strong economic ties to the nearby Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the overall second-best mid-sized city for new business expansion projects in the nation. [14]

Addressing opioids

In response to a statewide surge in opioid-related drug overdoses, Whaley declared a citywide state of emergency and developed a needle exchange program. Dayton also began to ensure that first-responders had access to the overdose-reversal drug naloxone. [15] Whaley has been consistently critical of the Government of Ohio for failing to adequately fund opioid treatment and recovery programs. [16] In 2017, Dayton was the fourth city in the country to sue the pharmaceutical companies, opioid drug distributors and physicians they say are responsible for Ohio's opioid addiction and overdose crisis. [17]

City of Learners and the Preschool Promise

The City of Learners initiative was launched by Mayor Nan Whaley in early 2014 as a citywide effort to support Dayton's schools and students in achieving new levels of success and to build a stronger workforce for the future. A committee of community leaders and volunteers identified five areas of community focus: ensure all children attend a high quality school, ensure high quality preschool is offered to all children, increase business partnerships with schools, provide mentors to more children, and expand sites for afterschool and summer learning. [18]

In 2016, the City of Dayton voters passed a 0.25% income tax increase to support critical city services and to offer 1 year of affordable, quality Preschool to all Dayton families with a 4-year-old. This move institutionalized Preschool Promise in Dayton and provides sustained funding. [19]

Downtown revitalization

Whaley has placed significant emphasis on reviving the economy and culture of the Downtown Dayton area. She has done so through drawing in over $200,000,000 in downtown investments and in a refocus of the region into new ventures; she has focused especially on the Arcade Building. [11] As a result of some new renewal efforts, new businesses have begun to move into the downtown area, including a number of small businesses and startups. [20] [21] [22]


As a previous board member of the Bike Walk Dayton Committee, Whaley has taken significant steps towards making Dayton a bicycle friendly community. For instance, her administration oversaw the implementation of Dayton's first Bike Share program. [23] She is also a strong advocate for a county-wide landbank system to address the region’s housing crisis with a more regional approach and serves on the Montgomery County Landbank Board. [24]

2019 mass shooting

After a mass shooting occurred on August 4, 2019, she and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown accompanied President Donald Trump on a visit with survivors at the local hospital. [25] Ten people were killed, including the perpetrator; and twenty-seven were injured. [26] She joined over 200 mayors in encouraging Congress to act on gun control legislation that is already before them. The group included Dee Margo, the mayor of El Paso, Texas, where a shooting occurred the day before. [27]


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  27. ^ Sakelaris, Nicholas (August 8, 2019). "200 U.S. mayors urge Senate return from recess to take up gun bills". UPI. Retrieved August 10, 2019.

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