Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald today announced, in an online video, the formation of an exploratory committee to run for governor.
FitzGerald highlighted his public service career, including his service as an FBI special agent, an assistant county prosecutor, the mayor of Lakewood and Cuyahoga County’s first county executive.
“As a special agent with the FBI, I helped put crime bosses and corrupt politicians behind bars,” FitzGerald said. “Now as county executive, I dismantled a corrupt political patronage machine that was choking my county and holding us back.
“I believe Ohio has been let down by its leaders, especially a political establishment in state government who stopped listening to the people,” he said. “They’re more interested in scoring partisan points or taking care of the insiders than focusing on what’s best for the middle class.”
FitzGerald criticized the Kasich administration’s record of cutting funding to communities and the governor’s tax policies.
“Do we really have to settle for a state government that robs our communities, forcing cuts to police, firefighters and teachers?” FitzGerlad asked. “Or is something better possible? Do we really have to settle for a Governor who wants new taxes on everyday Ohioans while giving big tax breaks for those at the top? Or is something better possible? I think something better is possible.”