Pepper To Challenge DeWine

Apr 16, 2013

Former Democratic Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper has filed the paperwork to  challenge Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in 2014.

Pepper lost a bid for state auditor to Republican Dave Yost four years ago. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has more.

While he hasn’t formally announced his intention to run for attorney general, Democrat David Pepper says he has submitted the paperwork.  He wants to challenge current Attorney General Mike DeWine in 2014.  Pepper says he’d do more to focus on important consumer issues.  And there’s something he says he wouldn’t do.

Pepper – One thing I want to not do is have that office caught up in the ideological, far right wing disputes and that’s what we have seen recently.  The whole fight over contraception to me is a great example of what not to do. 

When asked what he thinks about Pepper’s plan to run against him, Attorney General Mike DeWine responds this way:
DeWine – Well first of all, David is a very nice person.  I know him.  My focus is frankly on protecting Ohio’s families and doing my job. It is going to be a busy week.  So there’s a lot going on in the attorney general’s office and frankly, I’m not focused on the next election. 
Pepper says he will make an official announcement for the post later this year.