WASHINGTON, JANUARY 16, 2021: Indian-American Democrat and lawyer Aftab Pureval has announced his candidacy for the post of Mayor of Cincinnati.
Pureval, who is the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, confirmed his candidacy on January 14 in a tweet.
“Our country is at a critical moment, and our city is too. And that’s why I’m so excited to announce my candidacy to be Cincinnati’s next mayor,” the 38-year-old Democratic Party politician tweeted.
It’s been a challenging week after a very difficult year. Our country is at a critical moment, and our city is too. And that’s why I’m so excited to announce my candidacy to be Cincinnati’s next mayor!
Let’s get to work. Drop a comment below to join our team 👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/hmMU7Irsht
— Aftab Pureval (@AftabPureval) January 14, 2021
Announcing his candidacy, Pureval promised to improve the lives of the people in the major US city amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m running for mayor to bring executive experience & a record of improving government services to the table – starting with an economic COVID recovery that benefits every neighbourhood in our city & a plan to restore trust in City Hall,” Pureval said in another tweet.
Aftab Pureval’s parents migrated from India to Xenia, Ohio in 1980. He lost the race for Congress in 2018, according to a local newspaper The Enquirer.
“The truth is families are really struggling. Our city is at a critical moment and the progress of the last decade is at stake. We have to come out of the gate swinging after COVID-19 to get our economy moving again,” Pureval was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
In the fray, the candidates for the post of the mayor include four City Council members and a state senator, among others, it said.