Mayor-elect Aftab Pureval was elected as Cincinnati’s 70th Mayor on November 2, 2021. As Mayor, Aftab will rebuild our economy to make sure prosperity is shared in every corner of our city. 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.
Aftab is currently the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, and was the first Democrat elected to this office in more than 100 years. During his tenure, Aftab has brought modern and professional reforms to the Clerk’s office. He has also invested in the people who serve us, by paying a living wage to all employees and becoming the first county officeholder in Ohio to offer comprehensive paid family leave.
As Clerk, Aftab made access to justice a priority by launching a Help Center to assist people who are representing themselves with legal resources so more people can utilize our courts.
By ending nepotism, by cutting waste, and by making the office more professional, Aftab has saved taxpayers millions of dollars. For his efforts, Aftab has received bi-partisan praise and support. The Cincinnati Enquirer said “Aftab Pureval’s leadership is making a big difference” for the people of Hamilton County.
Aftab was born and raised in Southwest Ohio, the son of first-generation Americans. The product of public schools, Aftab went off to The Ohio State University for college where he was student body president.
After college, Aftab attended UC for law school where he volunteered in the domestic violence clinic to protect victims of abuse. He has also worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney where he worked with the FBI to prosecute crimes against children.
Before becoming Clerk of Courts, Aftab worked at P&G as the global brand attorney for Olay. Aftab has also been active in the community, becoming the first man to serve on the board of the Women’s Fund. He has been awarded the NAACP Theodore Berry Award for Service and been recognized by the Business Courier as one of their 40 under 40.
Aftab lives in Clifton with his wife Whitney, a doctor who treats COVID patients, and their one-year old son, Bodhi.