By Joseph Pratt
Democratic candidate for Ohio Governor Ed FitzGerald spent Thursday afternoon at the Pike County Fair to meet and greet the public at the Democratic booth.
FitzGerald has made headlines recently for standing against the recent court decision to allow Hobby Lobby the ability to opt out of providing contraceptives based off religious values, receiving endorsement by the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, accepting six debate invitations and hearing no response from current Governor Kasich when he submitted a debate request.
“I am running for Governor because Ohio’s working families should be getting ahead, not just getting by,” FitzGerald says in a statement on his political platform.
Fitzgerald’s political statement continues to read, “I have the record to put Ohio government back to work for the middle class. As governor, I will invest in institutions and programs that make success stories possible for all Ohioans. I will expand on my record in Cuyahoga County, where I cut government waste to save taxpayer money, created four times more jobs than the previous administration, and established the largest college savings program in the county. In every position I’ve held, my top priority has been to create a community where hard work and responsibility pays off for everyone — not just the privileged few.”
Jackie Wheeler Carter was present at the Democratic booth and helped welcome FitzGerald to the fair. Carter is currently running for Pike County auditor and is President of the Women’s Federated Democratic Club of Pike County.
“The reason I am so involved in all of this is because my family has always been involved in politics,” Carter said, concerning her decision to run. “My dad was a township trustee for over forty years; my brother, Ted, is the current Pike County Auditor, and has been for thirty years; my brother, Ed, served on our local school board. It is really all I’ve ever known.”
Carter welcomed FitzGerald, as he finally pulled up outside the Pike County booths, and gave him a summary of what topics are currently hot in Pike County, including the jeopardy of losing jobs through the local facilities with the Department of Energy.
“We are thrilled to have FitzGerald here today. We are so glad he has taken the time to visit with Pike County. He is an excellent candidate and is fighting for our teachers and his wife is a teacher. He is just an awesome candidate in my eyes,” Carter said. “I think he will help bring jobs to the county and will help the educational front. He comes from a large family and knows what it is like to have to fight for what is on the table.”
More information on Ed Fitzgerald’s campaign can be found online at www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com or on his Facebook page at FitzGeraldForOH.
Joseph Pratt can be reached at 740-353-3101, EXT 287, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.