David Pepper

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David Pepper
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Former candidate for
Attorney General of Ohio
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hamilton County Commissioner
Bachelor'sYale University
J.D.Yale University School of Law
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David Pepper is a former Hamilton County Commissioner and was a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Ohio in the 2014 elections.[1] David Pepper lost the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]


An attorney by trade, Pepper has worked at the law firms Squire Sanders & Dempsey and Blank Rome since 2000.[3]

Pepper previously served on the Cincinnati City Council and Hamilton County Commission. He unsuccessfully ran for Cincinnati mayor in 2005 and Ohio Auditor in 2010.[4]


  • Bachelor's degree, Yale University
  • J.D., Yale University School of Law



See also: Ohio attorney general election, 2014

Pepper ran for election to the office of Ohio Attorney General. Pepper won the Democratic nomination in the unopposed primary on May 6, 2014. Incumbent attorney general Mike DeWine, a Republican first elected in 2010, ran for re-election in 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014.


General election
Attorney General of Ohio, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike DeWine Incumbent 61.5% 1,882,048
     Democratic David Pepper 38.5% 1,178,426
Total Votes 3,060,474
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.

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Incumbent Republican Mike DeWine faced a single challenger, Democrat David Pepper, in the 2014 general election for Ohio Attorney General. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary.

The Columbus Dispatch, in a review of the candidates, opined that, "The DeWine-Pepper clash has been the most spirited of statewide campaigns other than the gubernatorial race."[5] In late August, the Ohio GOP released a poll showing DeWine leading Pepper 60 percent to 31 percenet, while the Ohio Democratic Party withheld their poll results for the attorney general's race, leading to speculation that their numbers for Pepper were similarly poor.[6] Yet the fact that the Ohio GOP commissioned a poll specifically for the attorney general race, coupled with efforts to attack David Pepper, indicated that the election was still up in the air.

Issues and ads in the campaign

See also: Ohio attorney general election, 2014

State Democrats expected Pepper to close the gap as his advertising campaign began in the fall.[6] In late September, the DeWine campaign aired ads in response to an ad by left-leaning advocacy group Moving Ohio Forward attacking DeWine. Republicans criticized Pepper for allegedly collecting a large number of parking fines and not completing continuing legal education requirements.[6] Democrats, in turn, charged that DeWine did not adequately deal with Ohio's heroin problem, violence against women or school safety.[5]

Minor party legislation

See also: Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Ohio

In late 2013, Ohio passed two laws that allegedly restricted minor parties' participation in the 2014 elections. The Libertarian Party of Ohio filed lawsuits against both laws, the outcomes of which had the potential to alter the candidate landscape of this race.[7] On October 17, 2014, Libertarian Party candidate for attorney general, Steven R. Linnabary, and gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl were disqualified from the ballot by federal judge Michael H. Watson.[8]



Pepper unsuccessfully ran for election as Ohio Auditor of State on November 2, 2010, losing to Republican Dave Yost. Libertarian L. Michael Howard came in third.[10]

Ohio Auditor of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Yost 50.2% 1,882,010
     Democratic David Pepper 44.9% 1,683,330
     Libertarian L. Michael Howard 4.9% 182,534
Total Votes 3,747,874
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State

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