In case you missed it… This week Ohio Democrats charted wins in local elections across the state, with candidates focused on the issues that their communities care about, as Ohio Republicans continue to emulate Donald Trump with an extreme, hyper-partisan agenda.
“We have candidates who have compelling stories,” Pepper said. “They’re not running around beating up on Trump. They are talking about local issues that people care about and they go on to win.”
Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper said Wednesday that the GOP candidates, also including gubernatorial hopefuls Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine, “are walking the same plank Gillespie walked.”
“To the extent they are embracing the far right wing of the party … versus a bunch of Democrats sticking to the issues, we’re on the much stronger side of winning elections next year,” Pepper said.
But it was lesser known races that Mr. Pepper touted, including Democrats gaining a seat on the Wilmington City Council and five Democrats winning various races in Warren County.
Mr. Pepper also pointed to victories in suburban areas such as Reynoldsburg, Westerville, Granville and Franklin Township as signs of Democratic momentum heading into 2018.
Tuesday’s election results, Mr. Pepper said, should also be a warning sign for Republicans who have saddled up to President Donald Trump. In Brook Park, Mayor Tom Coyne, a former Democrat who left the party and supported Mr. Trump during the presidential election, was ousted.
Lima Mayor David Berger defeated challenger Keith Cheney, who runs the Allen County Republican Party, to secure an eighth term.
“You get too close to Trump…now you’re no longer in public office,” Mr. Pepper said. He added that the state’s four Republican gubernatorial candidates and Treasurer Josh Mandel have been courting Trump voters by running to the right.
Mr. Pepper also touted the diversity of candidates in the Democratic Party, noting victories for black candidates, LGBTQ candidates and young candidates, including a 26-year-old who won a seat on the council in the city of Fremont.
The Democratic wave that may have propelled Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates to an unlikely majority after Republicans went into the day controlling 66 of the 100 seats will also be instructive for Mr. Pepper moving forward.
“I think the lesson is you run everywhere,” he said.