The Indian-American candidate for mayoral in Cincinnati is advancing to the November 3rd ballot

Aftab Pureval, candidate for Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo: Pureval campaign

Aftab Pureval, candidate for Mayor of Cincinnati, was one of the top two voters in the open primary on May 4, 2021. The two winners will now compete against each other in the general election on November 3, 2021.

Pureval, who currently serves as the Hamilton County Court Clerk, along with Cincinnati City Councilor David Mann, won the most votes out of several candidates running for the post. In particular, Mann has held the position of mayor of the city twice.

Pureval, born in southwest Ohio, is the son of parents of Indian and Tibetan origins who immigrated from India.

He highlighted the rebuilding of the city’s economy to serve all people, reform the police department and invest in public safety. It also promises to build affordable housing and improve public transport. However, one of the provisions of the May 4, Cincinnati, Issue 3 ballot regarding a change to the city’s charter and regarding affordable housing was rejected.

This could be due to the very low turnout in elementary school, which, according to the Cincinnati Herald, made up about 15 percent of the voting public.

Pureval is currently the Hamilton County’s Clerk and was the first Democrat to be elected to that office in over 100 years. In that position, Pureval has claimed to have saved taxpayers millions of dollars by dealing with corruption and increasing public service efficiency.

A graduate of Ohio State University, where he was president of the student body, Pureval attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he volunteered at the Domestic Violence Clinic to protect victims of abuse. He has also worked as the Special Assistant United States Attorney, where he worked with the FBI to prosecute crimes against children, as stated on the campaign website.

Before becoming a court clerk, Pureval worked at P&G as a global trademark attorney for Olay. Pureval was also active in the community and was the first man to serve on the board of the Women’s Fund. He was honored with the NAACP Theodore Berry Award for Service and recognized by the Business Courier as one of the 40 under 40.

He lives in Clifton with his wife Whitney, a doctor treating COVID patients, and their one-year-old son Bodhi.


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