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A Highly Contentious Election in Dayton Creates Sign War in the Community

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A Highly Contentious Election in Dayton Creates Sign War in the Community

A Highly Contentious Election in Dayton Creates Sign War in the Community

A highly contentious election in Dayton has the town split over who should be elected to the town council.

One side claims to stand for economic growth while the other doesn't want the small-town feel to change.

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A Highly Contentious Election in Dayton Creates Sign War in the Community

Elections are only a month away and if you drive through greater lafayette there aren't many signs supporting candidates.

But in the small town of dayton the opposite can be said.

Everywhere you turn there are signs supporting one group of candidates or the other and it all has to do with a planned housing development.

The small town of dayton is covered in election signs.

"it's kind of turned in to a sign war."

Those signs are supporting two different sides.

One side is dressed in black shirts and the others are dressed in white shirts.

Each support different opinions on potential growth in the town.

"there is two sides of this there a lot of the people of dayton i think 70-80% don't want the housing addition the other 20-30% do want the housing addition."

Ron koehler is part of the group of candidates who identify as the "white shirt gang" tyrone taylor is part of the group which represents the black shirt gang which he says supports growth of the dayton community.

"the white shirt gang really doesn't understand it so much and they are really trying to stop any kind of new development business to tif districts to housing additions."-tyrone but the other side says they just want better planning to take place surrounding any potential housing developments.

"the people who oppose this want to build housing out here but they just don't want so much crammed on top of one another."

But taylor says they need to grow the community to keep it alive.

"if a pipe bust, does the town want to be like hey your water bill is going to go up even more now because we have to pay this?

If you have the distributed funds it makes things easier.

"really think do you want your town to strive in the future or do you want it to die."

However koehler says dayton community members don't want their small town feel to change.

"most of us came from lafayette and we came out here because we wanted small community living we don't want to be a suburb of lafayette we don't want to look like lafayette.

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