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Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval throws hat in ring for mayor of Cincinnati

Aftab Pureval and Rep. Steve Chabot clash onstage in WCPO-hosted debate
Posted at 10:28 AM, Jan 14, 2021

CINCINNATI — The Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval announced Thursday that he will be running for the office of mayor of Cincinnati.

"I’m running for mayor to lead us boldly into the new decade," Pureval said in a release announcing his run for the office.

Pureval said part of his platform will be an "aggressive economic recovery from COVID," which would benefit every Cincinnati neighborhood. He also said he hopes to restore trust in a City Hall that has seen three council members arrested by the FBI in one year.

"I have executive experience and a record of improving government services," Pureval said. "My campaign will be working to earn the support of Cincinnatians in every neighborhood in our city."

Pureval was the first Democrat to be elected to the office of Hamilton County's Clerk of Courts in at least 100 years when he was elected in 2016.

In 2018, Pureval ran against Congressman Steve Chabot for his district seat.

Others to enter the race for mayor include Ohio State Sen. Cecil Thomas, community activist Kelli Prather, Cincinnati Councilmen David Mann and Wendell Young, Dr. Herman Najoli and DotLoop founder Adam Koehler. Councilman Chris Seelbach has also expressed interest in running for mayor.