Aftab Pureval Releases First TV Ad as Cincinnati Mayoral Election Approaches

Pureval and opponent David Mann both had been releasing short videos via social media.

Oct 14, 2021 at 10:36 am
(L-R) Aftab Pureval and David Mann are looking to become Cincinnati's next mayor. - Photo: Christin Berry, Blue Martini Photography; City of Cincinnati
Photo: Christin Berry, Blue Martini Photography; City of Cincinnati
(L-R) Aftab Pureval and David Mann are looking to become Cincinnati's next mayor.

The race to become Cincinnati's next mayor is in full swing, and one candidate just launched his first his first television ad.

On Thursday, Aftab Pureval shared an ad titled "Every Corner" that makes note of Cincinnati's many neighborhoods and their residents' shared concerns: "jobs, crime, affordable housing," according to the ad.

"We’ll grow our communities, grow our skyline, and grow opportunity. And we’ll make sure success is shared in all neighborhoods, not just a few," Pureval says in a voiceover during the ad.

Pureval's television ad appears to be the first from him or from him or from his opponent David Mann. Both candidates have released short videos via their campaign websites or social media accounts.

Pureval and Mann emerged as the top two vote-getters during the mayoral primary in May. Pureval led with 39% of the primary vote, while Mann had 29%. They will face off in the general election on Nov. 2. 

Pureval is Hamilton County's current clerk of courts. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Ohio State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He was an associate with the international law firm White & Case for several years. Pureval spent a year as a special assistant United States attorney and then became counsel for global beauty care at Procter & Gamble. He has served as clerk of courts since 2017. Learn about Pureval's platform at

Mann is a Cincinnati City Council member. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in biochemical sciences followed by a legum baccalaureus (a precursor to today's juris doctorate) from Harvard Law School. Mann served in the United States Navy, won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and has had several long stints on City Council. He served as Cincinnati's mayor for three years and owns a local law firm with his son. Learn about Mann's platform at

As part of the race for mayor, Pureval and Mann have appeared together in a variety of debates and town halls in recent weeks, including those hosted by media outlets, universities, neighborhood groups and industry groups. On Thursday, Oct. 21, the candidates will debate again during an event that will be broadcast by CET Public Television and WVXU-FM.

Current Cincinnati mayor John Cranley announced in August that he would run to become Ohio's next governor. Cranley's second and final term as mayor ends this year, and the election of a new mayor for Cincinnati will take place on Nov. 2.

Early voting for the Nov. 2 general election in Hamilton County has begun for those who are registered to vote. Find 2021 election information on the Hamilton County Board of Elections website.

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