Born and raised in Greater Cincinnati (in the City of Cincinnati as a child, and Northern Hamilton County as a teenager), David was elected to Cincinnati City Council in his first political race in November 2001. As a non-incumbent in that election, David finished first out of 26 candidates, a feat that has not been achieved since the 1960s. He finished in first place once again in November 2003. In 2005, David won the seven-candidate primary for Mayor of Cincinnati, and was a narrow runner-up in the run-off to Mark Mallory (who has already endorsed David's run for County Commission).
On Council, David served as the Chairman of Council's Law and Public Safety Committee, pushing forward new initiatives to help Council refocus on critical crime and safety issues, along with quality of life issues in neighborhoods. David also served as Chairman of the Rules Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Neighborhoods Committee. In his four years, he also authored and supported numerous laws and initiatives on economic growth and empowerment, neighborhood investment, housing, environment, youth, open government, police-community relations, and other key challenges facing the city. He won numerous awards for his work.
David graduated from Cincinnati Country Day in 1989 and earned his B. A. magna cum laude from Yale University in 1993, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and served as Managing Editor of the Yale Daily News. From 1993 to 1996, David worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., as an aide to former National Security Adviser Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski and later in St. Petersburg, Russia, working with Russian and American business leaders to stimulate investment and economic growth in the City.
David earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1999, where he served as an Articles Editor on the Yale Law Journal and won several school-wide awards for his written work. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Nathaniel Jones on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. David is also the published author of several law review articles on constitutional law, campaign finance reform, and jury nullification.
David is also an associate in the Cincinnati office of the law firm of Squire Sanders & Dempsey, where he concentrates his practice on appellate litigation.
David is a fifth-generation Cincinnatian, coming from a family with a long tradition of public service to the community. His parents, John and Francie Pepper, have contributed much to the city in the past several decades - both through John's career at Procter & Gamble, as well as their active work with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the YWCA, the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, the United Way, and public education in general. They live in the city of Wyoming.
David's grandparents also gave much to this community. His grandfather, Dr. Stanley T. Garber, was an obstetrician who practiced for more than 50 years in Cincinnati. As chairman of the U.C. Department of Obstetrics, he oversaw the obstetric service at General Hospital/University Hospital; his private practice was out of Christ Hospital. When he retired, it was estimated that Dr. Garber delivered or oversaw the delivery of around 30,000 babies. Dr. Garber's wife Frances was a teacher and an active member of numerous charitable organizations, including the YWCA and the United Way/Community Chest. The Garber's lived in Mt. Auburn and Mt. Lookout.
David's great-grandfather, Frederick Garber, was a notable Cincinnati architect who designed many of the city's most important buildings and landmarks. His work included much of Fourth Street [Union Central (now PNC Bank), the Phelps, the St. Paul Chapel of Christ Church, the Dixie Terminal building, the CG&E building, the Guilford School, the Anna Louise Inn, and the Taft Museum (remodeled)], as well as a number of the city's historic schools (Walnut Hills, Western Hills, Withrow, and Hartwell Elementary). Frederick Garber grew up in Western Hills, and spent his adult years in Glendale.
Information obtained from David Pepper's campaign website.