In an election year that had previously seen mayor premieres nationwide, history continued to be written in both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
Democrats Aftab Pureval from Cincinnati and Ed Gainey from Pittsburgh have become their city’s first Asia-Pacific mayor and black mayor, respectively, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer and Pittsburgh’s WTAE.
Additionally, Pureval, who defeated longtime Cincinnati politician David Mann, will now be the only Asia-Pacific mayor in the Midwest, according to Enquirer.
“We made history in Cincinnati,” Pureval told fans after his win.
In Pittsburgh, Gainey had previously “made headlines” after defeating incumbent Mayor Bill Peduto in a major Democratic primary campaign, writes WTAE. And on Tuesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the state official sailed to defeat Republican and retired Pittsburgh police officer Tony Moreno in the local elections.
“Let me tell you why this is so nice: because you have proven that we can have a city for everyone,” Gainey told the fans when his victory was certain. “You’ve proven that anyone can change. We know how people talked about Pittsburgh and how isolated it is, but today you changed that.”