Ed FitzGerald

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Ed FitzGerald
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Executive Ed FitzGerald.jpg
1st Executive of Cuyahoga County
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 9, 2011
Preceded by Position established
Mayor of Lakewood
In office
2008–2011
Preceded by Thomas George
Succeeded by Michael Summers
Personal details
Born Edward FitzGerald
(1968-07-10) July 10, 1968 (age 46)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Shannon FitzGerald
Alma mater Ohio State University
Cleveland State University
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Official website
Campaign website

Edward "Ed" FitzGerald (born July 10, 1968) is the first and current County Executive of Cuyahoga County, the most populated county in Ohio. He is the Democratic Party nominee for Governor of Ohio in the 2014 election. Prior to being elected County Executive he served as Mayor of Lakewood, Ohio; a Lakewood City Councilman; an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor; and a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Background[edit]

FitzGerald graduated from the Ohio State University in 1990, and obtained a law degree from the Cleveland–Marshall College of Law in 1993. During this time, FitzGerald worked as a staff assistant for former U.S. Congressman Edward F. Feighan. He also served on the staff of Indiana Secretary of State Evan Bayh.

In 1995, FitzGerald was commissioned as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was assigned to the Organized Crime Task Force in Chicago. FitzGerald investigated political corruption and mafia influence in Cicero, Illinois.

Political career[edit]

In 1998, FitzGerald returned to the Cleveland area and later joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office. In 1999, he was elected as a City Councilman for the City of Lakewood, Ohio, a position he held for nine years. In 2007, he was elected as Mayor of Lakewood, Ohio. FitzGerald’s administration focused on a community policing initiative and dealing with a recession based financial crisis, similar to those faced by local governments throughout the country.

On November 3, 2009, the voters of Cuyahoga County, which includes the City of Cleveland and 59 surrounding suburbs, voted to authorize a new form of county government, due in large part to a widespread scandal in county government.[1] Under this new system, in 2010 FitzGerald defeated a field of ten candidates to become the first County Executive of Cuyahoga County.[2]

Upon assuming office, FitzGerald has spearheaded a long list of reforms, included under the general rubric of “The Western Reserve Plan.”[3] Key components include a strict code of ethics monitored by an inspector general,[4] shrinking the size of government, a Sheriff community policing unit,[5] the largest college savings program in the nation,[6][7] the promotion of regional economic and service cooperation strategies,[8] and a significant economic development fund to promote job creation.[9]

2014 Gubernatorial candidacy[edit]

FitzGerald, a Democrat, was frequently mentioned as a potential gubernatorial nominee for 2014. In 2012, he gave a videotaped response to Governor John Kasich’s speech at the Republican National Committee.[10] In March 2013, he formed an exploratory committee to consider a campaign for governor of Ohio.[11]

On April 24, 2013, he announced his candidacy for Governor of Ohio.[12] Senator Sherrod Brown and former Governor Ted Strickland have endorsed FitzGerald's candidacy.[13] On May 6, 2014 FitzGerald won the Democratic primary with 83% of the vote.

FitzGerald has released a plan for state-funded universal preschool in addition to announcing his support for gay marriage.[14] He has criticized Kasich for signing into law income tax cuts that save larger sums of money for wealthier Ohioans than poorer ones, while increasing sales taxes, which tax a larger percentage of income from poorer Ohioans than from wealthier ones.[15] FitzGerald has also chided Kasich for a lack of transparency at JobsOhio, the privatized economic development agency that Kasich formed,[16][17][18] and for signing into law bills that cut early voting days and limit the distribution of absentee ballot applications.[19][20]

On November 20, 2013, FitzGerald picked Eric Kearney to be his running mate.[21] On December 10, Kearney stepped down from the ticket due to increasing controversy surrounding back taxes owed by himself and his wife.[22] He later selected Sharen Swartz Neuhardt, an at attorney from the Dayton area, to be his running mate.[23]

On August 1, 2014, FitzGerald was asked to explain an October 13, 2012 incident in which he was found in a parking lot at about 4:30 am in a car with a woman, who was not his wife. FitzGerald dismissed the allegations as baseless and "disgusting." [24] It was later learned that FitzGerald did not have a valid driver's license at the time of this incident.[25] In November 2012, FitzGerald did obtain a permanent driver's license in Ohio.[26]

Endorsements[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results[38]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2010 County Executive of Cuyahoga County, Ohio General Ed FitzGerald Democratic 188,474 45.73% Matt Dolan Republican 124,719 30.26% Ken Lanci Independent 47,110 11.43% Tim McCormack Independent 33,760 8.19% *

*Independent candidate Don Scipione received 11,897 votes (2.89%) and Green Party candidate David Ellison received 6,193 votes (1.5%)

Personal life[edit]

FitzGerald is the seventh of eight children and is of Irish Catholic ancestry. He and his wife Shannon have been married for twenty one years and are the parents of four children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCarty, James. "Federal prosecutors recommend Jimmy Dimora be sentenced to at least 22 years in prison". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ Gomez, Henry. "Cuyahoga County executive candidates share ideas for economic development at forum". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ Miller, Jay. "Cuyahoga County exec FitzGerald looks to lead consolidation of gov't services". Crain’s Cleveland Business. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://inspectorgeneral.cuyahogacounty.us/
  5. ^ http://executive.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_executive/en-US/110523-CommunityPolicingInitiative.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/11/cuyahoga_county_to_set_up_coll.html
  7. ^ http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2013/jun/03/ed-fitzgerald/ed-fitzgerald-says-cuyahoga-countys-college-saving/
  8. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2013/03/cuyahoga_county_to_lead_effort_to_consolidate_emergency_dispatch_centers.html
  9. ^ http://www.politifact.com/ohio/promises/fitz-o-meter/promise/875/establish-an-economic-development-fund-/
  10. ^ Cleveland Leader Staff. "Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald Responds to Ohio Gov. John Kasich's Speech at RNC". Cleveland Leader. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/03/11/ohio-gov-john-kasich-gets-first-likely-challenger-ed-fitzgerald/?wprss=rss_election-2012
  12. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (24 April 2013). "Ed FitzGerald kicks off his long-planned bid for governor by banking on his Cuyahoga County base". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ted Strickland endorses Ed FitzGerald for governor". 
  14. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/05/fitzgerald_proposes_500_millio.html#incart_river_default
  15. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2013/06/ed_fitzgerald_assails_ohio_bud.html#incart_river_default
  16. ^ http://www.nbc4i.com/story/25393739/jobs-ohio-doesnt-have-to-disclose-records-on-taxpayer-money
  17. ^ http://wosu.org/2012/news/2013/09/09/ed-fitzgerald-calls-for-jobsohio-transparency/
  18. ^ http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2014/03/21/ed-fitzgerald-enquirer-ohio/6713217/
  19. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/02/kasich_signs_voting_bills_that.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2014/04/cuyahoga_county_council_gives_final_approval_to_ed_fitzgeralds_voting_rights_law.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ "fitzgerald-picks-sen-eric-kearney-for-ohio-governors-race". Fox 19. 
  22. ^ "Democrat ends bid to be Ohio's lieutenant governor". WKYC. 
  23. ^ Navera, Tristan (January 17, 2014), Kasich challenger picks Dayton lawyer as running mate, Dayton, Ohio: Dayton Business Journal, retrieved January 24, 2014 
  24. ^ Bump, Phillip. "Ed FitzGerald’s name recognition is about to get a boost in Ohio, for the wrong reasons". www.washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  25. ^ http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/08/05/witness-saw-fitzgerald-driving-alone.html. Retrieved 7 August 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ Ed FitzGerald lacked driver’s license for decade
  27. ^ Troy, Tom (November 15, 2013). "U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown comes to Toledo to endorse FitzGerald for governor". Toledo Blade. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  28. ^ Drabold, Will (April 9, 2014). "Mayor Coleman endorses FitzGerald for governor". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  29. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (January 16, 2014). "Ed FitzGerald collects endorsement from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson; announcement on new running mate 'coming very soon'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  30. ^ Troy, Tom (August 15, 2013). "Kaptur endorses FitzGerald in governor's race". Toledo Blade. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  31. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (July 29, 2013). "Ohio governor's race: Former Gov. Ted Strickland passes torch to fellow Democrat Ed FitzGerald". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Ed FitzGerald in the Democratic primary for Ohio governor: endorsement editorial". The Plain Dealer. April 25, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  33. ^ a b c d Hart, Jason (January 6, 2014). "Ohio Democrats Enjoy Early Labor Union Endorsements". mediatrackers. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  34. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (October 7, 2013). "Ohio AFL-CIO backs Ed FitzGerald for governor". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Ohio Education Association Endorses FitzGerald for Governor". Ohio Education Association. November 4, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  36. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (February 13, 2014). "Ed FitzGerald plays up UAW endorsement, John Kasich heads to Cleveland: Ohio Politics Roundup". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  37. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (July 29, 2014). "Fraternal Order of Police endorses Ed FitzGerald". cleveland.com. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  38. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 

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