|1st Executive of Cuyahoga County|
January 9, 2011
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Mayor of Lakewood|
|Preceded by||Thomas George|
|Succeeded by||Michael Summers|
July 10, 1968
|Alma mater||Ohio State University
Cleveland State University
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.
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.
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 financial crisis by making government smaller and more efficient.
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. Under this new system, in 2010 FitzGerald defeated a field of ten candidates to become the first County Executive of Cuyahoga County.
Upon assuming office, FitzGerald has spearheaded a long list of reforms, included under the general rubric of “The Western Reserve Plan.” Key components include a strict code of ethics monitored by an inspector general, shrinking the size of government, a Sheriff community policing unit, the largest college savings program in the nation, the promotion of regional economic and service cooperation strategies, and a significant economic development fund to promote job creation.
2014 Gubernatorial candidacy
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. In March 2013, he formed an exploratory committee to consider a campaign for governor of Ohio.
On April 24, 2013, he announced his candidacy for Governor of Ohio. Senator Sherrod Brown and former Governor Ted Strickland have endorsed FitzGerald's candidacy. 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. 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. FitzGerald has also chided Kasich for a lack of transparency at JobsOhio, the privatized economic development agency that Kasich formed, and for signing into law bills that cut early voting days and limit the distribution of absentee ballot applications.
On November 20, 2013, FitzGerald picked Eric Kearney to be his running mate. On December 10, Kearney stepped down from the ticket due to increasing controversy surrounding back taxes owed by himself and his wife. He later selected Sharen Swartz Neuhardt, an at attorney from the Dayton area, to be his running mate.
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|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%)
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.
- Spirgen, Kate. "Mayor: City in Better Shape". Sun Post-Herald. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
- McCarty, James. "Federal prosecutors recommend Jimmy Dimora be sentenced to at least 22 years in prison". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
- Gomez, Henry. "Cuyahoga County executive candidates share ideas for economic development at forum". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
- Miller, Jay. "Cuyahoga County exec FitzGerald looks to lead consolidation of gov't services". Crain’s Cleveland Business. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- Cleveland Leader Staff. "Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald Responds to Ohio Gov. John Kasich's Speech at RNC". Cleveland Leader. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- 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.
- "Ted Strickland endorses Ed FitzGerald for governor".
- http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/02/kasich_signs_voting_bills_that.html. Missing or empty
- 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
- "fitzgerald-picks-sen-eric-kearney-for-ohio-governors-race". Fox 19.
- "Democrat ends bid to be Ohio's lieutenant governor". WKYC.
- Troy, Tom (November 15, 2013). "U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown comes to Toledo to endorse FitzGerald for governor". Toledo Blade. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
- Drabold, Will (April 9, 2014). "Mayor Coleman endorses FitzGerald for governor". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- 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.
- Troy, Tom (August 15, 2013). "Kaptur endorses FitzGerald in governor's race". Toledo Blade. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
- 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.
- "Ed FitzGerald in the Democratic primary for Ohio governor: endorsement editorial". The Plain Dealer. April 25, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
- Hart, Jason (January 6, 2014). "Ohio Democrats Enjoy Early Labor Union Endorsements". mediatrackers. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
- Gomez, Henry J. (October 7, 2013). "Ohio AFL-CIO backs Ed FitzGerald for governor". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
- "Ohio Education Association Endorses FitzGerald for Governor". Ohio Education Association. November 4, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
- 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.
- "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- Cuyahoga County Office of the Executive
- Ed FitzGerald for Governor 2014
- Fitz-O-Meter: Tracking the promises of Ed FitzGerald at PolitiFact
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