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Meet the Candidates.

Iris E. Harvey, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, sits down with candidates across Ohio to talk with them about their campaign and how they will advocate for women's rights.

Meet Aftab Pureval, candidate for OH-01 Congressional District

Aftab Pureval is running for Congress in Ohio’s 1st District in Cincinnati. Aftab is passionate, engaged, dedicated to empowering and uplifting women, and will be the champion that Planned Parenthood needs in the United States House of Representatives! Even better, he is running the most competitive race in the state, with a real chance to flip a House seat from red to blue! Check out some snippets from my conversation with him and I hope you will join me in supporting his candidacy!

We are so excited to hear about your candidacy and that you’re running for Congress.  Tell us a little about why, and what is your goal in seeking this position?

Aftab: “I have heard from so many people across the district who are excited to have a young, diverse candidate stand up. We are in one of the most critical moments in our nation’s history and in my district, we have a Republican incumbent who has shown us time and time again that he will vote to take people’s healthcare away and it’s just not fair.  It’s time for people to step off the sidelines and into the arena.”

Tell me a little about how you see your candidacy as something that will advance the needs of women and why it’s important to you personally.

Aftab: “It’s critically important and it’s more than just rhetoric.  I am proud of having a track record of championing and working on issues that are important to women.  When I was in law school, I worked at the legal aid domestic violence clinic, representing battered women who couldn’t afford an attorney.  Most recently, I was the first man appointed to the Cincinnati Women’s Fund, so I am passionate about economic self-sufficiency for women.  In the Clerk’s office, I am really proud of the fact that I’m the first county-wide executive in the state to offer comprehensive paid family leave to employees and instituted a livable wage. When we talk about healthcare, it’s the number one issue across the district and Planned Parenthood does so much to ensure that women have access to affordable healthcare. We need a stronger champion in DC to make sure that’s true for everyone in the district, not just the wealthy few.”

How is your campaign going?

Aftab: “It’s going incredibly well.  Just today, the Cook Political Report upgraded our race to a toss-up. We are one of the top 20 races in the country to win back the House. With just about 70 days to go, we’re feeling incredibly optimistic.”

What will it take to move it from a toss-up to a win?

Aftab: “The 3 Ms – (1) Mobilization – we need people to knock on doors or make phone calls; (2) Messaging – people who can share our message on Facebook, email out to their family and friends, shout it from the rooftop; and finally, (3) Money – if folks can help support us financially to make sure we have the resources to reach the far corners of the district.  Here’s the thing: We are right about the issues, we just need the support to get our message out there to champion what we believe is right and ultimately to win.”

Thank you, Aftab, for running to represent women’s needs, particularly reproductive rights and health care, in Congress!  We wish you the best and look forward to celebrating your victory in November!