Cincinnati mayoral candidate Aftab Pureval, releases economic plan for city

Aftab Pureval, candidate for Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo: Pureval campaign

Mayoral hopeful Aftab Pureval released his economic plan for Cincinnati March 25, 2021, in a bid to differentiate himself in a crowded field.

In a race that is officially non-partisan where two top vote-getters in the May 24 primary will advance to the general, Pureval is pitted against at least eight other candidates, all of them Democrats barring one, reported. Several of them have storied political careers and Pureval has a tough race to get to one of the two top positions in the primary.

No other candidate has released an economic plan as of yet, Pureval’s campaign asserted.

Entitled ‘One Cincinnati Economic Recovery Plan’ the document presents a three-part policy plan focusing on economic recovery, growth and equity, a press release from his office said. The highlights of the plan include:

  • Recovering and rebuilding our economy by keeping families in their home; connecting unemployed workers with in-demand jobs; and directing funding to struggling restaurants.
  • Growing and improving our economy for the 21st Century, by streamlining the process to start a new business; incentivizing local supply chains among major buyers; and attracting new companies and skilled employees to Cincinnati.
  • Sharing prosperity more equitably by deliberately expanding Black business ownership and homeownership, lowering barriers to entry to qualify for the city bidding process, closing the digital divide, and deliberately addressing the unequal effects of COVID-19.

“My administration will lift up Cincinnatians and grow our economy in every corner of our city, by expanding Black ownership, investing in minority and women-owned businesses, and ensuring an equal and just recovery,” Pureval is quoted saying in the press release.

“My plan is informed by people in the community. It will create a more resilient, more prosperous and more equitable Cincinnati. Let’s get to work,” Pureval added.

Pureval’s parents immigrated to the United States from India. He is currently the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in Ohio, and in 1918, made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Congress, a race in which he nevertheless gained a national profile and was endorsed by, among others, former President Obama.

Pureval became the first Democrat elected as the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in over 100 years.

He announced his candidacy for Mayor of Cincinnati Jan. 14, 2021, as the current mayor is term limited.

He earned his law degree at the University of Cincinnati.

Pureval has been awarded the NAACP Theodore Berry Award for Service and has been recognized by the Business Courier as one of their 40 under 40. Prior to becoming Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, Pureval worked at Procter & Gamble.




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