David Pepper to speak at Akron Press Club Sept. 30

Ohio attorney general candidate David Pepper will speak at the Akron Press Club lunch on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Pepper, a Democrat who was unopposed the May primary, faces incumbent Mike DeWine in the November election.

Lunch will be at 11:45 a.m. and the program will follow. There will be the opportunity for questions. This event is co-sponsored with the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and No Labels Akron.

Pepper first was elected to public office in 2001 when he won a seat on the Cincinnati council. He was re-elected to a second term in 2003. He was elected to the three-member Hamilton County Commission in 2006, serving as commission president in 2009-2010.

Pepper ran an unsuccessful campaign for state auditor in 2010.

A Cincinnati native, Pepper earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School.

In 1999, he clerked for Nathaniel Jones of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Pepper has worked in the Cincinnati offices of law firms Squire Sanders and Blank Rome since 2000, focusing on commercial and business litigation, and appellate litigation. Pepper teaches election and voting rights law as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Pepper is married to Alana (Swartz) Pepper. This May, they welcomed their first child, a son, into their family.




Speaker: David Pepper.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30. Program follows.

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).

Cost: note – new pricing in effect! 

  • $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
  • Early bird discount of $15 for members and $20 for non-members for reservations made by Friday, Sept. 19.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Sept. 26 (members & non-members).

Reservations requested: Contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, Sept. 26.


Upcoming Press Club lunches:

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican who is running for re-election, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
  • Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
  • Ohio Rep. John Patrick Carney, a Democrat who is running for state auditor, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 28.


The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.