Aftab Pureval, David Mann Take 2021 Cincinnati Mayoral Primary

Pureval earned about 39% of eligible Cincinnati votes, while Mann scooped up about 29% as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, with all 250 precincts reporting.

click to enlarge (L-R) Aftab Pureval and David Mann are the likely contenders to become Cincinnati's next mayor. - Photos: Christin Berry, Blue Martini Photography; City of Cincinnati
Photos: Christin Berry, Blue Martini Photography; City of Cincinnati
(L-R) Aftab Pureval and David Mann are the likely contenders to become Cincinnati's next mayor.

And then there were two.

It appears that Aftab Pureval and David Mann will duke it out in November as their quest to become Cincinnati's next mayor continues.

During the May 4 primary election, Pureval earned about 39% of eligible Cincinnati votes, while Mann scooped up about 29% as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, with all 250 precincts reporting, according to the Hamilton County Board of Elections website. Pureval and Mann presumably will appear on the ballot for mayor in the Nov. 2 general election.

Cecil Thomas landed at about 16% of the vote, Gavi Begtrup at about 9%, Raffel Prophett at about 3% and Herman J. Najoli at about 2%.

As of late Tuesday evening, more than 41,400 ballots had been cast, out of more than 270,000 registered voters.

Current results are preliminary and unofficial until the Hamilton County Board of Elections certifies the count later this month. 

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 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.

David 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.

Issues 1 and 2, which focus on how City Council deals with corruption, passed cleanly, with both nabbing more than 75% of the vote as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Voters rejected Issue 3, the controversial affordable housing item, by a wide margin, with 73% voting no.

Find the most recent election results on the Hamilton County Board of Elections website.

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