Candidate FitzGerald stumps in Seneca

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald highlighted his focus on local communities during a fundraiser at Reino’s Party Room in Tiffin Sunday evening.

FitzGerald, who said his campaign has traveled about 8,000 miles in the past month, said he has had the opportunity to speak to many communities.

“We’ve got 99 days to go, and I’m not taking a single day off until then,” he said.

Although confident, FitzGerald said compared to the heavily funded campaign of his opponent, Republican Gov. John Kasich, he needed local supporters to spread the word about his platform to win the November election.

FitzGerald said due to Kasich’s high-profile and affluence, he is out of touch with the needs of the average family.

He said four years ago, many Ohioans warned about Kasich’s political track record before he was elected.

“It’s different this (election),” he said. “We don’t have to warn people … about what he might do. We can just talk about what he has done.”

FitzGerald said if other Kasich’s policies had gone before voters as the failed Senate Bill 5 did, issues such as local government cuts, education cuts, tax cuts for the wealthy, women’s health care and voter suppression would have failed also.

“We would have voted all those things down,” he said. “But we didn’t have an opportunity to actually vote on them.”

He also said he and Kasich have differing views on the state’s economy.

He said Kasich believes Ohio’s economy is good and cites lower unemployment rates as evidence. FitzGerald said the unemployment rate decreased across the nation, and compared to the rest of the country, Ohio ranks 38th among the 50 states in job creation.

He also said the unemployment rate decreased in May not due to job creation but because people stopped looking for jobs. Only 600 jobs were created in May, he said.

“That is not economic progress,” he said.

FitzGerald said Ohioans could express their opinion on Kasich’s policies by voting for him in November.

He also supported Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives 88th District Bill Young in his campaign.

“The first step is winning the election. We’re going to build an administration … and we’re going to invest in working people,” FitzGerald said. “It’s going to be a state government you really can be proud of.”

Young said he always agreed with FitzGerald’s message, but truly supported FitzGerald after he called Young to get his opinion on Seneca and Sandusky counties.

“He really wanted to know about the communities, about what’s going on,” Young said. “That really impressed me. He really has a serious interest in the communities in this district.”