Now that Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald
has announced he’s running for governor — does he have a chance to win?
FitzGerald certainly has a shot although at this point he
would have to be considered an underdog against incumbent Gov. John Kasich
who has not officially announced a re-election bid.
A Quinnipiac Poll published April 18, before FitzGerald
made his gubernatorial announcement, had Kasich with a 46-37 percent lead
against FitzGerald. Right now, it’s Kasich’s race to lose.
The same poll also showed Kasich with a 45-38 percent lead
over U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray
who has not announced a gubernatorial bid, and who might choose not to get into
the race now that FitzGerald has announced.
Not well-known outside the Cleveland media market, the
challenge for FitzGerald will be for him to get his message across in the
central and southern portions of Ohio.
The Quinnipiac poll showed that 76 percent of voters don’t
know enough about FitzGerald to form an opinion. For Cordray, 66 percent don’t
That’s where the timing of FitzGerald’s announcement came
into play, because he still has plenty of time for voters to learn about him
and to establish himself as the Democratic Party’s choice.
If the state economy doesn’t continue to show improvement
it will hurt Kasich, who has made jobs his top priority.
It also remains to be seen whether Kasich’s state budget
proposal that contained Medicaid expansion and an broadening of the sales tax
base may impact his standing with conservative Republicans. Both proposals were
eliminated in the Ohio House of Representatives’ budget bill.
The major factor I think comes into play in the race for
governor is whether both parties can find a way to get their voters to the
polls. FitzGerald will have a strong Democratic base in Cuyahoga County, can he
get those voters to support him enough to bring the heavy voting turnout he
When a referendum of Senate Bill 5 was on the ballot in
November 2011 it got Democrats energized and their presence was felt and the
bill was soundly defeated.
Kasich’s popularity at the time was at an all-time low,
but he has rebounded solidly.
So, as we can clearly see, 17 months is an eternity in
State Sen. Capri S. Cafaro
will hold a
community meeting at 6 p.m. April 29 at the Chardon Municipal Center to provide
residents with a legislative update regarding work in the Ohio Senate.
Bolton Republican Women’s Club
Mother’s Day Event, “Honoring Our Mothers” at 6 p.m. May 6
at The Painesville Area Senior Citizens Center with special guest speaker Lake
County Juvenile Court Judge Karen Lawson
. See Heidi Callender
or call Lake County
The Cleveland Area Campus of National College in
Willoughby Hills will hold its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. May 16 at
Willoughby Hills Community Center with special guest state Sen. John Eklund
Recently filing candidacy petitions with the Lake County
Elections Board was Amy Cossick
for Painesville Township trustee.
Recently signing out candidacy petitions are Jerry Ranally
for Willoughby Council Ward 5 and Steve Norris
for Willoughby Council
Lake County Treasurer-elect Lorraine M.
will host “Fende’s Victory” spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. Monday at Dino’s Restaurant and Banquet Center in Willoughby. See Diane Fox
Willoughby Hills Councilman Kevin D. Malecek
Annual Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 1 at Willoughby Hills
Community Center. See Malecek or Nora Colburn
State Rep. Ron Young
fundraiser, 2 to 4 p.m. May 5 at Perry Community Center. See Young.
Fundraiser for Willoughby Mayor Dave Anderson
5 to 7 p.m. May 14 at Willoughby Panini’s. See Rick Hart
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2014 election, Capri Cafaro, Ed FitzGerald, John Eklund, John Kasich, Ohio Governor race, Ohio politics, Richard Cordray