A primary election for mayor is scheduled for May 4 in the city of Cincinnati, leading to a general election for mayor on November 2. The top two vote getters the field of six candidates in the primary election will advance to the general election.
Of the six candidates running in the primary election, two have previous experience in City Hall. Councilman David Mann served as mayor on two occasions (1980-1982 and 1991) and served on the City Council from 1974-1992 before returning to office in 2013. State Sen. Cecil Thomas served on the Council from 2005-2015 before joining the state legislature as a senator. Candidate Aftab Pureval is serving as Hamilton County Clerk of Courts since 2017. He other three candidates are Gavi Begtrup, a Ph.D. physicist; Herman Najoli, a teacher with a doctorate with a doctorate in organization leadership; and Raffel Prophett, a retired Cincinnati fire chief and retired Lieutenant Colonel.
Mayor John Cranley was not able to file for re-election in 2021 due to term limits.
Also on the primary ballot is Cincinnati Issue 3, an affordable housing charter amendment measure, as an initiative in Cincinnati May 4 Primary Election.
A “yes” vote supports amending the Cincinnati City Charter to require:
• a permanent $50 million annual contribution of city funds to an affordable housing fund to provide for new construction, renovation of vacant property, renovation of existing affordable units, operation costs of affordable housing, and direct services;
• provide for a managing board for the affordable housing fund.
A “no” vote opposes amending the Cincinnati city charter to create an affordable housing fund and requiring a permanent $50 million annual contribution from the city.
A sample majority is required for the approval of Issue 3.