GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia Democratic Party will be holding its Fall Chili Dinner at 5 p.m. at the AmVets building in Gallipolis, Oct. 22, with Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper and Ohio Auditor Candidate Zack Space anticipated to speak.
Past Ohio State Senator Lou Gentile is also anticipated to make an appearance. The event is open and free to the public with donations being accepted at the door.
According to Ohiodems.com,” David Pepper was unanimously elected Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party on December 17, 2014 and began his term on January 1, 2015. He was unanimously re-elected on June 5, 2018. Born and raised in Cincinnati, David is a fifth-generation Cincinnatian. David was first elected to public office in 2001 when he served on the Cincinnati City Council, finishing first out of a field of 26 candidates, and was reelected for a second term in 2003, again leading the pack in votes…In 2006, David was elected to the three-member Hamilton County Commission. He served as the Commission President from 2009-2010. During David’s tenure at the County, Hamilton County won 19 National Association of County Awards for outstanding management practices, more than all other Ohio counties combined… David was nominated by Ohio Democrats to run in statewide elections twice. In 2010, David ran for the office of Ohio Auditor campaigning on a platform of increasing efficiency and transparency in government while ending the gerrymandering that has poisoned politics in Columbus and Washington. His platform gained him the endorsements of virtually every major Ohio newspaper. In 2014, David ran an intense campaign to unseat the incumbent Attorney General…David earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and later earned his J.D. from Yale Law School. In 1999, David clerked for the Honorable Nathaniel Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Since 2000, David has also worked in the Cincinnati offices of major law firms Squire Sanders and Blank Rome, focusing his practice on commercial and business litigation, and appellate litigation. David also teaches election and voting rights law as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.”
Space served as a U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 18th congressional district from 2007 to 2011 before being defeated by Bob Gibbs. He currently lives in Columbus and has previously worked as a public defender and special counsel to two previous Ohio Attorneys General. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He previously visited Gallia in November 2017 as part of his “Ohio River Tour to Restore” and met with area school officials and residents to discuss the role of a state auditor.
Lou Gentile is the former State Senator for District 30. He was also previously a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He served as an assistant minority whip in the Ohio Senate.