Ed FitzGerald

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Ed FitzGerald
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Current candidacy
Running for Governor of Ohio
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Cuyahoga County Executive
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Lakewood, Ohio
2007 - 2010
Bachelor'sOhio State University (1990)
J.D.Cleveland–Marshall College of Law (1993)
BirthdayJuly 10, 1968
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Ed FitzGerald (b. July 10, 1968) is the Cuyahoga County Executive and a Democratic candidate for Governor of Ohio in the 2014 elections.[1][2] He was previously mayor of Lakewood, Ohio, from 2007 to 2010.

FitzGerald's running mate in the 2014 Ohio governor race is Sharen Neuhardt. He initially chose state Senator Eric Kearney but Kearney withdrew from the race due to personal tax issues.[3][4]


FitzGerald began his career as a special agent with the FBI. In this role he was assigned to the Organized Crime Task Force in Chicago, investigating political corruption and mafia influence. After leaving the FBI he returned to Ohio, serving as an assistant county prosecutor. In 2007 he was elected Mayor of Lakewood and in 2010 elected as Cuyahoga County Executive.[5]


  • Bachelor's degree, Ohio State University, 1990
  • Cleveland–Marshall College of Law, 1993


FitzGerald announces his formation of an exploratory committee for 2014 bid to unseat Gov. John Kasich


See also: Ohio gubernatorial election, 2014

On March 11, 2013, FitzGerald filed campaign committee paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State enabling him to begin fundraising for the 2014 Ohio gubernatorial election. FitzGerald had yet to officially declare his candidacy, despite releasing a 3-minute video spot in accompaniment with his committee filings. "Today I'm announcing the formation of an exploratory committee to run for governor; But more than that, I'm beginning a conversation with you, the people of Ohio," he said in the video.[6] FitzGerald confirmed his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor on April 24, 2013.[1][7] Republican incumbent Gov. John Kasich is running for re-election in 2014.[8] FitzGerald won the primary on May 6, 2014. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

Primary results

Governor/Lt. Governor of Ohio - Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd FitzGerald/Sharen Neuhardt 83.2% 362,781
Larry Ealy/Ken Gray 16.8% 73,346
Total Votes 436,127
Election Results Via:WBNS-10TV Election Results. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


Race background

Incumbent Republican John Kasich appeared to be vulnerable in late 2013, as it looked like he would face a primary challenge from the right and a general election made difficult by a full slate of Ohio Libertarian Party candidates. These challenges faded in early 2014, as Kasich faced no primary challengers and the Libertarian gubernatorial candidate was disqualified. Though he still faces two opponents, Democratic Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Green Party candidate Anita Rios, polling in May 2014 showed Kasich with improved ratings and a growing lead.[12]

In August 2014, The Washington Post reported on a series of setbacks for FitzGerald, including poor fundraising, a long-delayed driver's license, an unusual occurrence with a foreign trade representative and, as the culmination of all these problems, a major staff turnover.[13] These events took a heavy toll on FitzGerald's poll numbers, as Kasich's lead widened from single digits to 30 percent in September, according to a Columbus Dispatch poll.[14]


Ohio Governor's Race 2014 - Kasich vs. Fitzgerald
Poll John Kasich Ed FitzgeraldOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
February 12-17, 2014
Magellan Strategies for the Liberty Foundation of America
April 14-15, 2014
April 24-28, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
May 7-8, 2014
May 7-12, 2014
July 7-24, 2014
July 24-28, 2014
August 18, September 2, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
September 8-9, 2014
Columbus Dispatch
September 3-12, 2014
AVERAGES 48.7% 36.3% 16.7% +/-2.94 1,470.2
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Ohio Governor's Race 2014
Poll John Kasich Ed FitzgeraldCharlie EarlNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(November 5-6, 2013)
Public Policy Polling
(December 6-8, 2013)
AVERAGES 40.5% 39.5% 6% 14.5% +/-3.55 803
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


FitzGerald was elected as Cuyahoga County Executive in the general election on November 2, 2010.[15]

Cuyahoga County Executive General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Matt Dolan 30.3% 124,719
     Green David H. Ellison 1.5% 6,193
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEdward FitzGerald 45.7% 188,475
     - Ken Lanci 11.4% 47,110
     - Tim McCormack 8.2% 33,760
     Nonparty Don Scipione 2.9% 11,897
Total Votes 412,154


FitzGerald and his wife Shannon have four children: Jack, Connor, Colleen and Bridget.[2]

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