FITZGERALD ENTERS COUNTY FRAY

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Lakewood Mayor Ed FitzGerald has joined the jostling for the new county executive post created by the passage of Issue 6. The ambitious FitzGerald — he’s been positioning for a move into county politics for months — says he has the skills to restore public faith in a scandal-plagued government.

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“This corruption scandal is not over,” says FitzGerald. “We’re in the middle of it. The primary task for the new county executive is to try to restore the confidence that has been shaken or destroyed, as far as the public is concerned.”

FitzGerald has been Lakewood’s mayor since 2008. He’s a graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a former FBI special agent who worked on an organized-crime task force in Chicago. He has also served as an assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor and Lakewood city councilman.

FitzGerald says he’s focused on building support across a politically fractured landscape. He was a visible opponent of Issue 6’s county government restructuring, a topic that remains contentious in some circles.

“I think it’s going to be incumbent upon whoever runs for county executive to try to build the broadest coalition possible,” says FitzGerald. “I have to make sure my campaign is diverse and has diverse support from all different segments of the community. I’m not running a campaign that’s strictly suburban or strictly about the city of Cleveland. There’s not a single neighborhood I’m not going to campaign in or build support in.”

FitzGerald’s campaign website is edfitzgerald.org.— Damian Guevara

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