Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper fielded questions from reporters Saturday night before the 2017 Legacy Dinner held in Columbus at the Expo Center.

Mr. Pepper, who took the reins of the party in December of 2014, says that even though Ohio voters went for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton by nearly nine percentage points last year, the current and likely crop of Democrats today have opportunities to regain voter favor in the 2018 mid-term elections. Mr. Pepper predicts Ohio voters will want change from the slate of out-bound Republicans, led by Gov. John Kasich, whose policies and programs have taken the state down, as many reliable metrics show is the case.

Unscripted and in his own words, Mr. Pepper talks about the races ahead and some of the politics that will move Ohio voters to elect Democrats.