Aftab Pureval

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Aftab Pureval

Ohio - 1

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2018 Result: Pureval loses by 5-point margin (51.8% to 46.4%)

Aftab Pureval was born and raised in Southwest Ohio by first-generation Americans who came to this country to seek a better life for their family. Pureval was elected in 2016 as the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts -- the first Democrat to hold this office in more than 100 years. During his tenure as Clerk of Courts, Pureval has modernized the Clerk’s office while ending patronage and nepotism, at the same time saving taxpayers more than $900,000 through various reforms. Pureval also implemented a living wage for all courthouse employees, and he is the first county officeholder in Ohio to offer paid family leave for employees.

Pureval holds an undergraduate degreein political science from Ohio State University and a JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Prior to being elected Clerk of Courts, Pureval worked as a counseling attorney with Procter & Gamble and as an attorney with White & Case LLP. Pureval is the first man to serve on the board of the Women’s Fund; he also sits on the boards of the Ohio Innocence Project, Cincinnati Union Bethel, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has been awarded the NAACP Theodore Berry Award for Service.

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Campaign Finance

Candidate Name

Aftab Pureval (D)

Steve Chabot (R)

Campaign Spending

Total Raised: $3,464,558; Cash on Hand: $443,564 (as of 10/17)

Total Rasied: $1,578,379; Cash on Hand: $581,029 (as of 10/17)

Outside Spending

$123.1K Supporting; $1,789K Opposing Chabot

$811.3K Supporting; $3,068K Opposing Pureval

Polling Results

Election Results

Ohio - 1

2016: R+18.4

2014: R+26.4

2012: R+20.1


2016: R+6.6

2012: R+1.6

2008: R+4.6



Ohio's first congressional district includes most of western Cincinnati -- leaving out much of the more affluent eastern end of the city. The district boundaries border Kentucky to the south and Indiana to the west. William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States, represented OH-1 from 1816-19.

Donald Trump carried OH-1 by just 6.6 points in 2016 -- his lowest margin of victory in any of Ohio's Congressional districts. With a demographic makeup that is 70% white and 22% African-American, OH-1 is ripe for a change in leadership.

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