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Indian-Tibetan descent Aftab Pureval draws national attention in his bid for Congress

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Aftab Karma Singh Pureval, an American of Indian-Tibetan descent seeking to make his maiden entry into the US House of Representatives, has attracted national attention after being endorsed by former US

Top leaders from both sides have campaigned aggressively in the Ohio's first Congressional District, where the young and dynamic Pureval, 35, is giving a tough fight to Republican Congressman Steve Chabot, 65, who has represented the seat since 1995, except for a brief period of 2009-2010.

Pureval is one of the few candidates to be endorsed by former Obama, who has been a star

This is an "election that will decide the future of our country," Pureval, who is also of Tibetan origin and currently is Hamilton of Courts, told hundreds of supporters at an election rally in his Congressional District.

Running an aggressive and impressive campaign, Pureval, political pundits say, has made it a "toss-us" seat, meaning it is no longer a safe for the top

Sensing victory, the top Democratic leadership over the past few days have been making an extraordinary effort to secure the seat.

Pureval, who ended his election night eve by thanking first responders, has outraised Chabot.

As per the latest figures from the Federal Election Commission, Pureval has raised USD 3.4 million as against USD 1.57 million till October 17.

On Sunday the too campaigned for Pureval.

"We need leaders like who will hold the and congressional Republicans accountable for their constant attacks on Medicaid. It's time to show them the door tomorrow," Perez said.

However, the Chabot campaign has accused him of Last week the Elections Commission fined him USD100 after it determined that his team has improperly used of court campaign funds to pay a USD 360 for a photo shoot for his Congressional campaign.

Two other against him were dismissed by the Elections Commission. But the Chabot campaign has made it an election issue. But his stepped down just days before the elections.

"Aftab Pureval's entire campaign has been accompanied by one effort after another to delay, distract, and cover up the truth," the Chabot campaign alleged. The allegations did had an impact on his campaign.

The New York Times, in its latest poll last week said that Pureval is trailing by nine percentage points.

If elected, Pureval would be the first Tibetan American to enter the US House of He was the first Democrat to get elected as the Hamilton of Courts in more than 100 years.

Born and raised in Southwest Ohio, Pureval attended UC for school where he volunteered in the domestic violence clinic to protect battered women. After working at a firm, he became a where he worked with the FBI to prosecute crimes against children.

Before becoming Clerk of Courts, he worked at as the for Olay, supporting a billion dollar business and learning how to get things done for the clients he served.

As Hamilton of Courts, the first Democrat to hold this office in more than 100 years, he has brought modern and professional reforms to the Clerk's office.

He's ended patronage and nepotism, he's launched a new website, he cut fees for public records, and he put more

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 11:00 IST