Pureval, Mann to face off in mayor’s race; Issue 3 fails

Voters overwhelmingly supported reforms to city council while defeating an affordable housing charter amendment.

Pureval and Mann win mayoral race; issue 3 fails

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval and Cincinnati City Council member David Mann will face off in Cincinnati’s mayoral race after taking the top two spots in Tuesday’s primary election.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections said at 11 p.m. that all precincts had reported. The votes will be certified May 18.

Find complete results here.

Pureval and Mann held a commanding lead over the six-person field for much of the night.

Each candidate on election night told FOX19 NOW their main priority if elected will be to help Cincinnati bounce back from the pandemic, which starts with spending the federal stimulus money.

“Live events, small businesses, restaurants... they’ve had a particularly tough year,” Pureval said. “We’ve got to use some of that $291 million coming from the federal government to support those businesses, to get them back on their feet, so that we can share that success across all of Cincinnati. But we have to do more. We have to make it easier, not harder, to open up a small business here in Cincinnati. Right now the red tape, the bureaucracy is overwhelming.”

Mann said his top concern is to be “thoughtful” about using the stimulus money.

“But beyond that,” he continued, “we have to make sure that small businesses have our support, neighborhood business districts have our support, neighborhood leaders have our support and take a very careful look at what else we need to do to make sure our economic base is growing.”

Third-place finisher, Ohio state Senator Cecil Thomas tweeted his congratulations to Pureval and Mann before the count was through.

“Not the result I was hoping for, but I look forward to working with either one of you next year to advocate for Cincinnati in the statehouse,” Thomas said.

Issue 3, which would require city leaders to spend $50 million on affordable housing annually, suffered a lopsided defeat Tuesday, with voters opposing it by a nearly 3-1 margin.

But two reforms proposed in light of corruption charges levied against several Cincinnati City Council members passed by large margins.

Issue 1 would require the city solicitor to appoint a special prosecutor to litigate the case against any indicted Cincinnati City council member.

Issue 2 would give council the authority to suspend a member internally.

Our media partners at the Enquirer report the second-largest turnout for a mayoral primary since 2001 despite the rain.

Some 15.6 percent of registered voters in the city voted on Tuesday. The record was set in 2005, according to the Enquirer, when 20.7 percent of the city turned out.

Several other Tri-State communities are electing mayors and council, plus voters are deciding on tax levies and bond issues.

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