David Pepper


David Pepper is a common sense and hard-working leader committed to building strong, safe, and vibrant communities across Ohio. David has a track record of fighting for safe streets and job growth while cleaning up government and increasing transparency.


David’s public service began in 2001 when he was first elected to Cincinnati City Council, winning election in 2003, and moving to the Hamilton County Commission where he served from 2006-2010, including Commission President from 2009-2010.  During David’s tenure on Commission, Hamilton County won 19 National Awards – more than all other Ohio counties combined.

As a Commissioner, David focused on public safety, pushing for increased crime prevention – through improved reentry and rehabilitation efforts for non-violent offenders – while stepping up enforcement on the County’s most violent criminals.  He also spearheaded numerous initiatives to create jobs amid the recession, protect homeowners and communities from the foreclosure crisis, reinvest in struggling communities throughout the County, and continue the exciting progress in Cincinnati’s Riverfront.


  • Yale University: B.A., Cum Laude
  • Yale Law School: J.D.

SDCO’s President Brian Endicott has referred to the Ohio Attorney General’s race as perhaps the most important race on this year’s ballot. The current Attorney General continues to put conservative politics above equality, spending taxpayer dollars pursuing appeal after appeal in court cases where LGBT equality has prevailed. Meanwhile, David Pepper stands strongly on the right side of history. David on numerous occasions has publicly called on the AG to “uphold this duty and end his outrageous battle to deny Ohioans the basic dignity and equal protection they successfully sought…”.

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