Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (D) launched his campaign to unseat incumbent Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) Wednesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
The former Lakewood mayor, whom voters chose in 2010 as the first leader of a reshaped county government, starts with a potentially strong political base that encompasses one of Ohio's most Democratic areas. But his official entry to a race that is 17 months away speaks to the name-recognition challenges the relative newcomer faces elsewhere in the state.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed 76 percent of Ohio voters don't know enough about FitzGerald to have an opinion of him, according to the Plain Dealer.