Ed FitzGerald Considers Gubernatorial Run

Former Lakewood mayor tells the Plain Dealer that Ted Strickland's decision to sit out 2014 “accelerates” his own gubernatorial exploration. Would you vote for him?

Ed FitzGerald, the former Lakewood mayor and current county executive, is eyeing a run for governor in 2014.

According to the Plain Dealer, former governor Ted Strickland's decision to stay out of the race “accelerates” FitzGerald’s own gubernatorial exploration.

It would appear as if FitzGerald — a Lakewood resident — is gearing up to challenge Gov. John Kasich. 

"I don't have a date set for making a final decision," he told the Plain Dealer.

During the past year, FitzGerald has hosted a couple political fundraisers in the area and he’s made several appearances around the state. He hasn’t been exactly shy about his political interests.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to run," Mayor Michael Summers recently told Lakewood Patch.

It's been quite a journey for FitzGerald, who took his first political gig in 1984 at age 15, when he volunteered on the Gary Hart presidential campaign in his childhood home of Indianapolis.

He moved to Lakewood in 1989. After serving on a few city boards and committees while practicing law, he was appointed to Lakewood City Council in January 1999 and has attended more than 300 council meetings since.

Tasked with turning around a corrupt county government, FitzGerald took office as Cuyahoga County's first county executive two years ago. 

What do you think? Would you support Ed FitzGerald if he ran for Ohio governor? Tell us in the comments.

Chris Olsen January 09, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Silvia Weber January 09, 2013 at 12:27 PM
YES, absolutely! He is bright, passionate and honest with good leadership skills.
pam ghaster January 09, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Saw this coming. pam ghaster
Robert Mihaly January 09, 2013 at 02:22 PM
It would be premature to say I would vote for him in a primary, since we don't know who would be contending, or even if FitzGerald will run, but if he were the candidate in the general election, there is no way I would vote for Kasich, and I'm not partial to voting for a third party candidate. I think FitzGerald was an effective mayor in Lakewood and has also been an effective County Executive.
Lynda Tuennerman January 09, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Yes, I think he has shown his abilities in the Cuy. Co. Executive position. If Ted Strickland would have thrown his hat into the ring, I'd have said 'no' but, Ohio needs to get back on track and that means, "bye, bye John Kasich, don't let the door hit you...'
Chris January 09, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Yes, I would vote for Ed.
The original Bill January 09, 2013 at 04:59 PM
This would be a good thing for our region if he were to win the election. I am a lifelong Democrat but I voted for George Voinovich when he ran for Governor and Senator merely because I knew he would have the interests of NE Ohio on his agenda. If you can have somebody from NE Ohio in charge in Columbus it can only be a good thing.
David Connor January 09, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Would like to see him finished his work in the county before he tries to climb the political ladder-- looks like an opportunistic pol more than a public servant.
Susan Kaminski January 09, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I agree. He didn't finish his mayoral term and while I think he's done a good job as the County Executive, he'll be abandoning it to campaign and if he wins, he'll have left this post unfinished. What's next, run as governor, then part way through the term run for Senate?
pam ghaster January 09, 2013 at 08:39 PM
@David- I agree I would like to see his work finished. I would not be surprised to see him in Washington one day. pamela ghaster
SHAWN WITMER January 09, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Given the time it takes to change courses on the ship of state, I would prefer that he stay the course with Cuyahoga County for a few more years. The spirit of "carpe diem" is not necessarily a negative quality among politicians (look how far Josh Mandel has come in a few short years in a very short life with very little experience...), and I do appreciate the timing can be so critical in one's political career and choices. So I guess I am undecided, but would certainly seriously consider supporting a Fitzgerald candidacy for Governor, while also not being disappointed should he decide to stay in NE Ohio, and support some other candidate for Governor.
Joe Hildebrandt January 10, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Ohio is on track, it has one of the lowest unemployments rates in the country, we have become a business friendly state again, it has grown his financial "rainy day" funds, and continues to show further signs of investment. Kasich has done a really really good job except for his one BIG black eye which is SB5. I am voting for Kasich again, even though I am a fan of Fitz.
Charles Shaughnessy January 10, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Ed Fitzgerald would make a great governor. He's proven himself in several capacities, more recently as Mayor of Lakewood and now as Cuyahoga County Executive. I think that's equivalent to being Governor of Rhode Island and the Plantation Provinces! He has the intellect, passion, energy, integrity and organizational skills to lift Ohio to a higher level in many measures. I'm from Lakewood and observed over the years (20, but who's counting) that he grows fast with each challenge - I call it the FitzGerald Factor - the more difficult the task or project or situation, the more skills he musters to meet the challenge and succeed. His wife would make a great First Lady too - bringing compassion and elegance to the position. As for completing one elected position before running for another - it's rare to be able to do that with some terms starting in odd-numbered years, others in even-numbered years, and having terms of different lengths - 2, 4, 6 years. We don't have Ted. Let's go with Ed. I'm in!


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