Ed FitzGerald

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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Both major political parties are in the last-ditch push to get their voters to return early ballots or to turn out on Election Day Nov. 4.

Matt Borges, chair of the Ohio Republican Party, says the party learned a lot from losing the races for president and U.S. Senator in 2012.

Governor John Kasich made a campaign stop in Beavercreek Tuesday.
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There aren’t many undecided voters in this election, especially when it comes to the candidates for governor, but that doesn’t mean all voters are happy with the options they have.

The polls haven’t been good to Democratic candidate for governor Ed FitzGerald. He’s trailing Republican incumbent John Kasich in overall likely voters, and in the latest Quinnipiac poll, 16 percent of Democrats say they have an unfavorable opinion of him, along with 44 percent of Republicans.

Ed Fitzgerald (left) has had a difficult campaign for governor, and has fallen far behind incumbent John Kasich in the polls.
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 A new independent poll of likely voters shows some bad news for Democratic candidate for governor Ed FitzGerald. The latest Quinnipiac poll has likely voters backing Republican incumbent John Kasich at 57 percent, compared to 35 percent for FitzGerald, the Democratic Cuyahoga County Executive. The poll also shows Kasich gets support from a full quarter of Democratic voters, and nearly half of those surveyed say they still don’t know enough about FitzGerald to form an opinion.

The past week hasn’t been kind to Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democrat running for Ohio Governor. He answered some uncomfortable questions about incidents that have surfaced in various news reports, but hasn’t responded to more questions that have come up. His problems are raising questions about what, if anything, this will mean to other Democrats running for statewide office.

Kasich Outraises Fitzgerald In Governor's Race

Aug 5, 2014
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Campaign finance reports show Ohio Gov. John Kasich raised about four times as much campaign cash as his Democratic opponent in roughly the same time span.

Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Sharen Neuhardt is speaking at Sinclair Community College Thursday afternoon about Ed Fitzgerald’s platform on higher education. Neuhardt says if Fitzgerald is elected governor, he will establish a fund that helps Ohio students begin saving for college in kindergarten. Fitzgerald, currently the Cuyahoga County Executive, launched a program last month that starts a college savings account for every Cuyahoga County kindergartner.

Ohio’s Democratic Candidate for Governor is calling on Republican Governor John Kasich to halt the third grade guarantee. He also wants more money for public education.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald told members of the state’s largest teachers union that there are things state leaders need to do to help public education be successful in Ohio.

State Of The State: An Appeal To Undecided Voters

Feb 21, 2014
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On the heels of a poll showing the gubernatorial race tightening up in Ohio, Gov. Kasich will deliver his annual State of the State speech on Monday. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler gave WYSO's Emily McCord a preview for PoliticsOhio this week and says Kasich will use the speech to appeal to independent voters.

 

It appears that Ed FitzGerald will have an opponent in the Democratic primary for governor: Larry Ealy, a candidate many people expected wouldn't qualify for the ballot and most have never heard of. The 51-year-old Trotwood resident describes himself as a civil rights advocate who says he’s been helping people in his community deal with legal issues. 

Ohio's Republican and Democratic gubernatorial front-runners are headed toward a primary-free showdown, ending a shakeout marked by complaints that both major parties got too aggressive in pushing out challengers.

The Democrats had a primary looming until last Friday, when Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune quietly withdrew his late bid against Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

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