Michael R. Turner
-- attorney, mayor of Dayton


DDN photo by Skip Peterson
   In his first attempt for elective office, attorney Mike Turner defeated incumbent Mayor Richard Clay Dixon on Nov. 2, 1993, becoming Dayton's first Republican mayor in more than 20 years.
  In his first term Turner played the leading role in the hiring of Bill Estabrook as city manager. But after a stormy year Estabrook was fired.
  In his campaign for re-election in 1997 Turner said he had improved the efficiency of the city government, maintaining a balanced budget and implementing numerous recommendations from the Operations Improvement Task Force, a group of business leaders.
  Turner was re-elected in 1997, defeating Democratic challenger Tony Capizzi.
  

Background on Mike Turner:

Full name: Michael R. Turner
Born: Jan. 11, 1960 in Dayton
Address: 38 Linden Ave. in the Huffman Historic District. The home dates to 1885.
Political Party: Republican
Salary: $35,432 (as of Jan. 1994 when he took office).

Family:

Wife: Lori (Riedel) Turner.
Children: two daughters, Jessica (born Jan. 6, 1992), and Caroline.
Parents: Raymond and Vivian Turner of Beavercreek. Raymond Turner worked at Frigidaire and Harrison Radiator, retiring in 1992. Vivian Turner is an elementary school teacher in Huber Heights.
Other relatives: Turner's grandmother, Bessie Shouse, of Kettering, was 77 when he became mayor. He also has a sister, Rebecca Schiavone, who lives with her husband, John, in Kettering.

Professional/Political Background:

After graduating from law school, Turner returned to Dayton 1985 and joined the downtown law firm of Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling. When that firm balked at his political aspirations, Turner quit and helped form Buren, Turner and McNamee, where he specializing in real estate and environmental law.

In September 1989 he became a member of the Dayton Board of Zoning Appeals and became its chairman a year later.

In his first campaign for elective office, Turner was elected mayor of Dayton 11/2/93, defeating incumbent Richard Clay Dixon.

He became Dayton's 37th mayor, the 16th under the city charter establishing a commission-manager form of government, and the city's first Republican mayor since 1970.

Education:

Belmont High School,1978;
B.A. in political science, Ohio Northern University;
M.B.A. degree, University of Dayton;
law degree, Case Western University

Selected Dayton Daily News stories:

MAYOR LEARNS DIPLOMACY
A kinder, gentler Turner presides in 2nd term
Published: Monday, March 2, 1998 Page: 1B
By Laura A. Bischoff DAYTON DAILY NEWS

TURNER KEEPS JOB
Orick out; Wiseman, Lewis in
Published: Wednesday, November 5, 1997 Page: 1A
By: By Laura A. Bischoff Dayton Daily News

EDITORIAL
MIKE TURNER HAS EARNED SECOND TERM ASMAYOR
* His challenger is worthy, but the case for reverting to one-partygovernment is not there.
Published: Sunday, October 26, 1997 Page: 12B

CANDIDATE PROFILE
MAYOR MIKE TURNER EMERGES AS COMPLEX
* He touts his accomplishments, but some critics don't like hismethods.
Published: Sunday, October 26, 1997 Page: 4B
By: By Laura A. Bischoff Dayton Daily News

CANDIDATE'S ASSESSMENT
TURNER TAKES PRIDE IN RECORD
* The city budget is balanced and police response time improves.
Published: Sunday, October 26, 1997 Page: 4B
By: By David Mendell Dayton Daily News

DAYTON POLITICS
TURNER BEGINS RACE
* The incumbent mayor, a Republican, emphasizes positive changefor the 21st century
Published: Sunday, March 2, 1997Page: 1B
By: By David Mendell DAYTON DAILY NEWS

THUMBS UP OR THUMBS DOWN
TURNER DRAWS CRITICS, BUT STICKS TOSCRIPT
Published: Sunday, August 21, 1994 Page: 1A
By: By Debra Jasper DAYTON DAILY NEWS

TURNER'S GOALS
Published: Sunday, August 21, 1994

TURNER TAKES CITY REINS
HIS FIRST ORDER? 'LET'S GET BUSY!'
Published: Tuesday, January 4, 1994 Page: 1B
By: By Benjamin Kline DAYTON DAILY NEWS

  

  

  

  

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File Created: 6-1-1994
Updated: 3-2-1998
Prepared by: Dayton Daily News Library staff
Sources: DDN reports