Cincinnati Elects Aftab Pureval as Its First New Mayor in Eight Years

Pureval defeated opponent David Mann in nearly all precincts.

Aftab Pureval becomes Cincinnati's first new mayor in eight years. - PHOTO: CHRISTIN BERRY, BLUE MARTINI PHOTOGRAPHY
Photo: Christin Berry, Blue Martini Photography
Aftab Pureval becomes Cincinnati's first new mayor in eight years.

Aftab Pureval has won the race for mayor, becoming Cincinnati's first new mayor-elect in eight years.

During Cincinnati's Nov. 2 general election, Pureval, 39, defeated David Mann, 82, with roughly two-thirds of the vote, as of the 10:41 p.m. update from the Hamilton County Board of Elections. At that time, Pureval had 33,799 votes (65.75%) to Mann's 17,603 votes (34.25%). Nearly all precincts swung toward Pureval.

All 190 precincts have reported.

The vote breakdown was similar when comparing early votes to election votes. Pureval received 9,238 early votes and 24,561 votes during the election, compared to Mann's 3,801 early votes and 13,802 election day votes.

All results are preliminary until certified.

Mann has conceded to Pureval.

Pureval will replace John Cranley, who is ending his second and final term. Cranley is now is campaigning to become Ohio’s governor in 2022, joining current Governor Mike DeWine, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and others in the ring.

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. He was the top vote-getter during Cincinnati’s mayoral primary in May, earning 39% of the vote.

His opponent Mann is currently on Cincinnati City Council. 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. 

Mann had previously served for three years as Cincinnati’s mayor and owns a local law firm with his son. During May’s primary, Mann earned 29% of the vote.

Also on Tuesday, three Cincinnati City Council members kept their seats while six new faces were voted in, and Cincinnati rejected Issue 3's anti-corruption charter amendment.

A previous version of this story listed David Mann as 72 years old.


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