Aftab Pureval, a Beavercreek native, is the newly elected mayor of Cincinnati and the first Asian-American mayor of the city.
“As mayor, Aftab will rebuild our economy to make sure prosperity is shared in every corner of our city,” his election website says. “He’ll reform our police department and invest in public safety so every neighborhood is safe. And he’ll create more affordable housing and improve our public transportation.”
Pureval, 39 and a Democrat, is the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts. He was elected to that position in 2016.
He now lives in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Clifton with his doctor wife and young son, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten about his Dayton-area roots.
After the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes, Pureval posted a video on his Facebook page asking people to donate to the American Red Cross to help tornado victims.
“Today we’re all thinking of our fellow Ohioans in the Dayton area, including my own beloved hometown of Beavercreek, Ohio, and all the areas affected by the terrible storm and tornado from last night,” he said.
His biography on the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts website says he attended public schools before studying at Ohio State University, where he served as student body president. He then earned a juris doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review and worked in the domestic violence clinic, representing women who were victims of violence.
After law school, he joined White & Case LLP, one of the largest law firms in the country, as an antitrust litigator.
Pureval returened to Cincinnati to work as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice and later worked as a global brand attorney for Procter & Gamble before running for Clerk of Court in 2016.
Pureval ran against U.S. Representative Steve Chabot, a Republican in Ohio’s 1st District, in 2018, but lost.
Pureval, whose parents are Indian and Tibetan immigrants, is one of two Asian-American mayors elected in the U.S. Tuesday night. Michelle Wu, 36, will be the next mayor of Boston.
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