COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Democrat Ed FitzGerald has won the Democratic primary for governor, setting up a high-stakes showdown this fall with incumbent Republican John Kasich (KAY’-sik).
FitzGerald’s defeat Tuesday of Larry Ellis Ealy was expected.
The 45-year-old FitzGerald, of Lakewood, is county executive in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County, the state’s most populous Democratic stronghold. The 51-year-old Ealy, of Trotwood, is a frequent litigator against government entities.
As a black candidate, he said he was running to fight oppression of minorities, to legalize marijuana and to help educate and house the homeless.
With Tuesday’s win, FitzGerald and Democrats turn their attention to November.
Kasich has amassed $8.5 million for the fall campaign, which he’ll focus on Ohio’s economic comeback.
FitzGerald will dispute Kasich’s record and draw policy contrasts on women’s health and other issues.