Pureval, Mann advance to Cincinnati mayor general election

In this photo from Oct. 9, 2018, Aftab Pureval, a candidate in the race to be the mayor of Cincinnati, speaks with the Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board. (Cara Owsley/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
In this photo from Oct. 9, 2018, Aftab Pureval, a candidate in the race to be the mayor of Cincinnati, speaks with the Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board. (Cara Owsley/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

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Credit: Cara Owsley

Hamilton County election results show County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval and long-time member of City Council David Mann lead the field Tuesday night in the Cincinnati mayoral election

CINCINNATI (AP) — Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval and long-time City Council Member David Mann will advance to the November election and vie for Cincinnati mayor.

Pureval received 39% of the votes and Mann had 29% with all of the city's precincts reporting Tuesday night, according to the city's unofficial results.

Six candidates ran in the election. The race to govern Ohio’s third-largest city is nonpartisan, but Democrats dominate the city’s politics.

Among the candidates were former Cincinnati police officer and Democratic state Sen. Cecil Thomas, businessperson Gavi Begtrup, retired firefighter Raffel Prophett, and educator Herman Najoli.

Pureval, a former Democratic congressional nominee, and Mann, who previously served as Cincinnati mayor and also in Congress, are running to succeed John Cranley. He is term-limited after serving for eight years.

Among key issues are guiding the city as its downtown starts to open up after pandemic shutdowns and cleaning up corruption after four council members since February 2020 have been charged on federal counts.

Cranley is preparing to run in the Democratic governor primary in 2022. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced her Democratic candidacy for governor last month, with Republican Gov. Mike DeWine expected to seek a second term.

In this photo from March 11, 2021 David Mann, a Cincinnati Mayoral candidate and current City Council Member, poses for a photo in Cincinnati. (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
In this photo from March 11, 2021 David Mann, a Cincinnati Mayoral candidate and current City Council Member, poses for a photo in Cincinnati. (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

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Credit: Liz Dufour

This Sept. 29, 2014 photo shows Cecil Thomas at the Cincinnati Enquirer Editorial Board. Thomas is running  for Cincinnati mayor. (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
This Sept. 29, 2014 photo shows Cecil Thomas at the Cincinnati Enquirer Editorial Board. Thomas is running for Cincinnati mayor. (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

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Credit: Liz Dufour

In this photo from Sept. 30, 2020, Dr. Herman Najoli, a candidate in the race to be the mayor of Cincinnati, poses for a portrait outside his home in the West Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati. (Hannah Ruhoff/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
In this photo from Sept. 30, 2020, Dr. Herman Najoli, a candidate in the race to be the mayor of Cincinnati, poses for a portrait outside his home in the West Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati. (Hannah Ruhoff/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

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Credit: Hannah Ruhoff

In this photo from Jan. 26, 2021, Cincinnati mayoral candidate Gavi Begtrup poses at Mt. Lookout Square in the Mt. Lookout neighborhood of Cincinnati. (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
In this photo from Jan. 26, 2021, Cincinnati mayoral candidate Gavi Begtrup poses at Mt. Lookout Square in the Mt. Lookout neighborhood of Cincinnati. (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

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Credit: Sam Greene

In this photo from Jan. 18, 2021, MLK Coalition President Raffel Prophett speaks before the MLK march. Prophett is a candidate in the race to be the mayor of Cincinnati. (Phil Didion/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
In this photo from Jan. 18, 2021, MLK Coalition President Raffel Prophett speaks before the MLK march. Prophett is a candidate in the race to be the mayor of Cincinnati. (Phil Didion/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

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Credit: Phil Didion

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