David Pepper

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David Pepper
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General electionNovember 4, 2014
Candidate for
Attorney General of Ohio
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 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 is a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Ohio in the 2014 elections.[1]


An attorney by trade, Pepper has worked at the law firms Squire Sanders & Dempsey and Blank Rome since 2000.[2]

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.[3]


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



See also: Ohio attorney general election, 2014

Pepper is running 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, is running for re-election in 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014.

Race background

Incumbent Republican Mike DeWine faces 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."[4] 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.[5] Yet the fact that the Ohio GOP commissioned a poll specifically for the attorney general race, coupled with recent efforts to attack David Pepper, indicates that the election is still up in the air.

Issues and ads in the campaign

See also: Ohio attorney general election, 2014

Some Democrats expected Pepper to close the gap quickly as he started running ads.[5] In late September, the DeWine campaign began airing 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 for not completing continuing legal education requirements.[5] Democrats, in turn, have charged that DeWine has not adequately dealt with the Ohio's heroin problem, violence against women, or school safety.[4]

Minor party legislation

See also: Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Ohio

In late 2013, Ohio passed two laws that allegedly restrict minor parties' participation in the 2014 elections. The Libertarian Party of Ohio filed lawsuits against both laws, the outcomes of which could alter the candidate landscape of this race.[6] In the event, many minor party candidates failed to qualify for the general election, including the former Libertarian Party candidate for attorney general, Steven R. Linnabary.



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.[8]

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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