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Multi-county fundraiser featured speeches from Ohio Democratic candidates and party chair

David Pepper, Ohio Democratic Party chair, offers Democratic strategy at the Wyandot County Democrats’ multi-county Oktoberfest fundraiser.

NEVADA — Wyandot County Democratic Party hosted a multi-county Oktoberfest fundraiser at White Shutter Winery & Brewery, 3794 C-56, Nevada, that included residents from Wyandot, Seneca, Crawford and Hancock counties Saturday afternoon.

Jennifer Brunner, judge on Ohio’s 10th District Court of Appeals and former Ohio Secretary of State, and Ohio Democratic Party chair David Pepper took to a stage and spoke about Brunner’s recently announced campaign for an Ohio Supreme Court seat and general election strategy for local and state Democratic parties.

Brunner, who is challenging Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French for her seat in 2020, said her focus as a judge has always been on rule of law.

“And I’m happy to be in the judiciary,” Brunner said, “where we can check the legislative and executive branches of government.”

“I occupied Judi French’s office when she took office in the Ohio Supreme Court in 2014, and I remember that she told people that she’d be the backstop for all Republican office holders,” Brunner said.

“I’m only the backstop for the people,” she said. “I never forget how the tiniest change in policy can affect the people down on the street.”

Brunner said she looks forward to running in the same election that John O’Donnell, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge, will be challenging Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy.

“John O’Donnell is a great candidate, and we’re going to have a good time in this campaign together,” she said.

In closing, Brunner said she wants to “make people’s lives better” and make it to all 88 counties in the state by next year during her campaign.

“That’s what I hope to do,” she said.

Ohio Democratic Party chair David Pepper gave some remarks after Brunner. He told Brunner that “whoever gets the Democratic nod (for the 2020 presidential campaign) will be lucky to have you here in Ohio.”

“This election is about the generations that follow,” Pepper said. Addressing the audience of Democratic voters, he said that the “good news” is that “we can do it right here in Ohio: there’s no reason in the world we can’t go blue a year from now in November 2020.”

Pepper then brought up Democratic candidate Richard Cordray’s loss to current Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

“I’m very close to Richard Cordray, but he started too late,” Pepper said. “You can’t beat Mike DeWine in 11 months: you need to be out there grinding it out for two years.”

Laying out some Ohio Democratic Party goals for next year’s election, Pepper said the party needs to “keep [its] suburban voters and get out to rural Ohio.”

After Pepper left the stage, Craig Swartz announced his bid to run for the Ohio State Senate in the 26th District.

Ohio’s 26th Senate District, commonly referred to as “the Route 4 corridor,” Swartz said, includes areas of Seneca, Sandusky, Wyandot, Crawford, Morrow, Marion and Union counties.

Swartz, who is an at-large member of the Wyandot County Democratic Party, said his life in rural northwest Ohio has instilled in him “an appreciation of buckeye culture.”

“I have an idea for the future that I will share with everyone along the way, and I have multi-colored mosaic in mind that represents all of Ohio’s peoples,” Swartz said.

“I hope to help us reach our shared, common dream of a greater Ohio for all,” he said.

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