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David Esrati

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David Esrati
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Ohio, District 10
Bachelor'sWright State University
Military service
Service/branch7th Special Forces Group, USA
Years of service1981-1987
Date of birthSeptember 14, 1962
Place of birthCelina, OH
ProfessionBusiness owner, activist
Personal website
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David Esrati was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 10th Congressional District of Ohio.[1]
David Esrati for House campaign logo.


A life-long Ohioan, Esrati is well-known around the state of Ohio for setting First Amendment precedent for comment at limited public forums. In 1997, Esrati donned a ninja mask at a public commission meeting as a form of protest. Then-Mayor Mike Turner had Esrati kicked out of the meeting. In turn, Esrati sued the city of Dayton and ultimately won a long, expensive, and complicated court battle.[2] In 2008, Esrati ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio's 3rd Congressional District, but lost in the primary.



See also: Ohio's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

Esrati ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Ohio's 10th District. He lost to Sharen Swartz Neuhardt in the Democratic primary on March 6, 2012.[3]

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Ohio's 10th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSharen Neuhardt 35.7% 7,705
Olivia Freeman 25.6% 5,530
David Esrati 13.7% 2,952
Tom McMasters 10.3% 2,212
Ryan Steele 7.6% 1,644
Mack VanAllen 7.1% 1,530
Total Votes 21,573


In 2010, Esrati ran for Congress in Ohio's 3rd Congressional District, but lost in the primary, coming in 3rd place with less than 19 percent of the vote.[4]

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