Best Of 2019

Best Political Drama, State Division: Aftab Pureval and Steve Chabot

Ohio’s gubernatorial campaign was more staid and policy-oriented than we had anticipated last year and most other big Ohio elections were relatively drama free, save the contest between Aftab Pureval and Steve Chabot for Chabot’s U.S. House seat representing Hamilton County’s West Side and Warren County. That fight got nasty quickly, with allegations that Pureval spent money from his county clerk campaign fund for his congressional race and that a campaign volunteer tried to infiltrate Chabot’s campaign. Pureval’s campaign eventually paid a small fine for the campaign fund slip, but the damage was already done. The issue made a mountain of the already uphill race for Pureval, a Democrat running in a historically Republican district. Chabot weathered criticism of his own around a paucity of public appearances before constituents and large sums of campaign funds he paid a family member for website design, but he easily grabbed enough votes to beat Pureval and win his 12th term representing the district.

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