Edward FitzGerald (Democrat)

Running for
ResidenceLakewood, OH
EducationI received my bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University, and earned a law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
EmployerCuyahoga County; serving as Cuyahoga County Executive
FamilyMy wife Shannon and I have been married for over 22 years, and are the proud parents of four children: Jack, Connor, Colleen and Bridget.
Family in office?My wife Shannon works at a public school system in Lorain County.
Reasons for runningI am running to ensure that the state of Ohio is operating for the benefit of the middle class, and not for the wealthy and well-connected. As governor, I will invest in public education by restoring funding to local communities, and I will make sure that the state of Ohio operates in a transparent fashion to create good-paying jobs for working families.
Priorities As governor, I will grow the economy from the middle out, rather than the top down, by investing in living-wage jobs, public education, and college affordability.
QualificationsI have spent my entire life in public service, including time as an FBI Agent and an assistant county prosecutor, then as Mayor of my town of Lakewood, and currently as the first Cuyahoga County Executive.

Following one of the largest public corruption scandals in the history of Ohio, the people of Cuyahoga County elected me to lead a new county government as their first County Executive. We restored the public’s trust by putting in place some of the toughest ethics laws in Ohio. With the millions saved by our reforms, I made ground breaking investments in real job creation, expanded pre-school enrollment, and established the largest college savings account program in the country to foster a culture of college attendance in Ohio.
Positions on the issues I believe that government at its best works by investing in those who are still trying to make it.

My administration as County Executive has been open and transparent, with our economic development fund totally open to the public. Our fund invests in companies, small and large, that create good-paying jobs in the community.

Unlike Governor Kasich, I opposed Senate Bill 5 and I oppose so-called Right to Work legislation.

I believe that public education is the bedrock of a strong economy, and I will invest in public education, early childhood education and making college more affordable for all Ohioans.
Offices Sought Cuyahoga County Executive; 2010
Mayor of Lakewood; 2007
Lakewood City Council; 1999, 2003, 2007
State Representative; 2002
Offices Held Cuyahoga County Executive; 2011 – present
Mayor of Lakewood; 2008 – 2010
Lakewood City Councilman; 1999 – 2008