Aftab Pureval Launches Campaign for Mayors of Cincinnati, Ohio

Aftab Pureval, candidate for Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo: Screengrab from a video posted on AftabforOhio on Facebook

Hamilton County Ohio Court Clerk Aftab Pureval announced the start of his candidacy for Mayor of Cincinnati on January 14, 2021.

The focus of his priority has been on recovering the economy from COVID and restoring public confidence in City Hall. Pureval, the first Democrat to be elected Hamilton County Court Clerk in over 100 years, shared his experience in improving government services.

In 2018, Aftab Karma Singh Pureval lost its US Congress bid from District 1 in Ohio. It gained significant prominence in the Democratic ranks endorsed by the party and by President Obama. He was the first part of the Tibetan legacy to run for the US Congress. His parents came to the United States from India. He did not succeed in removing incumbent Republican Steve Chabot.

Thereafter, Pureval was elected to his current position as Hamilton County’s clerk and re-elected to that post in 2020, beating his opponent by 15 points.

Now he’s making his mayoral bid for a seat held by a Democrat.

The mayor elections are scheduled for November 2nd and are officially impartial. The two best voters from the first step to the competition on November 2nd. Current Democratic Mayor John Cranley was elected back in 2013 and cannot run this year as the position is temporary.

“I’m running for mayor to boldly lead us into the new decade – starting with an aggressive economic rebound from COVID that will benefit every neighborhood in Cincinnati and a plan to restore public confidence in City Hall,” said Pureval im press release from his campaign.

“I have leadership experience and experience in improving government services. With COVID, corruption and crime, we are facing challenging times. But that’s exactly when Cincinnati appears. My campaign will aim to earn the support of the Cincinnatians in every neighborhood in our city, ”added Pureval, noting that the past year has been difficult for all families, but especially black and brown families.

In the video announcing his campaign, Pureval introduced his wife – a doctor in Bethesda North who works on the front lines of the COVID pandemic – and their one-year-old son. He set his priorities and announced his campaign manager, Allie Watters, who was running the re-election campaign for Congressman Joe Cunningham, one of the most iconic races in the country.

According to, 9 other candidates have already announced their candidacy for mayor, including City Council PG Sittenfeld; Councilor Chris Seelbach; Councilor Wendell Young; Alderman David Mann; Raffel Prophett, retired Cincinnati Fire Department chief; State Senator Cecil Thomas; Community activist Kelli Prather; IT entrepreneur Adam Koehler; and Herman Nojoli, Associate Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University.

According to (Cincinnati Business Courier), more people are planning to apply for the office.

Pureval stresses ending corruption in the face of multiple candidates plagued by alleged scandals.

“We have to give power back to the professionals and watch out for the politicians,” Pureval told the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Before being elected to public office, Pureval worked at Procter & Gamble. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a law degree.

Pureval, born and raised in southwest Ohio, was recognized with the NAACP Theodore Berry Award for Service and recognized by the Business Courier as one of the 40 under 40.


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