WASHINGTON – The AAPI Victory Fund, a pro-democracy party group that mobilizes voters from the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, has sponsored Aftab Pureval, an Indian-American running for Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Pureval, the son of an Indian father and Tibetan mother, is currently the Hamilton County Clerk, the first Democrat to serve in this position in more than a century.
Cincinnati, the third largest city in Ohio, is the seat of the government of Hamilton County.
He announced his candidacy in January.
In a March 22 statement, the AAPI Victory Fund said, “Pureval is a necessary progressive voice that has succeeded with both Democrats and Republicans.”
“As the son of first-generation Americans, he has spent his career defending the most vulnerable in his community, including the FBI, to prosecute crimes against children,” it said.
In response to the confirmation, Pureval tweeted, “I am honored to be supported by the AAPI Victory Fund. Now representing and governing the AAPI is more important than ever. As Mayor, I will elevate all of Cincinnati and make sure we grow equitably. ” . “
According to local media reports, Pureval is expected to face a crowded field of mayoral candidates that include a number of city council members, a former congressman and several prominent Democrats.
When he ran against Republican representative of the state, Steve Chabot, Pureval was the first candidate of Tibetan origin to run for Congress. He narrowly lost in the race.