What has been a quiet campaign so far will liven up when Cincinnati Councilman David Mann and Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval meet for a debate on Tuesday, Sept. 21, just days before the start of early in-person and absentee mail-in voting in Ohio.
The debate between the two Democratic candidates vying to be Cincinnati's next mayor will be held at Xavier University's Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Ave., and begin promptly at 7 p.m.
The event, sponsored by The Enquirer and Xavier University, is open to the public, but attendees must have a ticket to gain entry.
Mann and Pureval, both from Clifton, won the right to face off in the November election after finishing first and second in the primary election this spring. In that race, they led a field of six candidates.
Mann, 81, is a former mayor and is pitching himself as the steady hand in the wake of corruption scandals at City Hall, which have not implicated him but have landed several of his colleagues in legal trouble. Pureval, 38, is campaigning as a newcomer who can clean up city government.
Corruption at City Hall, affordable housing, law enforcement, social justice, economic development, the city budget and tax breaks will be among the topics debated.
Enquirer Opinion Editor Kevin Aldridge will moderate the debate, and the candidates will be questioned by a panel consisting of representatives from The Enquirer and Xavier University.
Readers can submit their questions for the mayoral candidates by email between now and the debate to [email protected]. A select number of reader-submitted questions will be asked during the debate.