US House Races/Ohio

Report by Bruce Driver from Indivisible North Boulder

Ohio District 01:
Candidates are Steve Chabot (incumbent R) and Aftab Pureval (D).

Chabot has represented this district since 1995, with a two-year hiatus from 2009-2011 after he lost to a D in 2008. He’d like to repeal Obamacare and voted for the AHCA. He is a climate denier and voted for the tax bill in 2017. He is pro-life, having authored the ban on partial-birth abortions. He supports a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He has voted in line with Trump 95% of the time. In short, he is a foot-soldier in the Trump brigade.

Pureval, 35, is presently the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in Cincinnati (first D in 100 years). He has degrees from Ohio State (where he was student-body president) and Cincinnati Law School and has been a federal prosecutor, a lawyer for a white-shoe law firm in Cincinnati and then for Proctor and Gamble. He is the son of Indian and Tibetan immigrants. A compelling speaker, he is young, smooth and telegenic. He does not yet appear to have a web-page with policy positions, but he has said he would have voted against the tax bill. He is endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign. A recent poll puts him within one point of Chabot. He is said to have out-raised Chabot by $500,000 in the last quarter.

Description of district: This district borders both Indiana and Kentucky at the far SW corner of Ohio. It includes Cincinnati and is 93% urban and 7% rural. It is 70% white, 22% black, 4% Asian and 3% Hispanic. The Cook says that it is 5% more R than the nation on average. Obama won the district in 2008 and Romney in 2012. Trump won by 6% and Chabot by 18% in 2016. Cook says that the district “leans R” in this election.

Summary: Pureval is clearly a rising star in the Democratic Party. Chabot has been around a long time and could be picked off, but he will get lots of national R money.