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Cuyahoga County executive expected to challenge Kasich

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Democrat Ed FitzGerald plans a series of events across Ohio on Wednesday where he is widely expected to announce a run for governor.

The Cuyahoga County executive and former FBI agent emailed political supporters Friday with details of events in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati that he described as being “about Ohio’s future.”

FitzGerald said Ohioans tell him the state needs “new leadership in Columbus” – where Republican Gov. John Kasich has led Ohio since 2011.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found Kasich leads FitzGerald, 46 percent to 37 percent, among registered voters polled April 10 to 15 in a hypothetical match-up. The survey’s margin of error is 3 percentage points.

Two potential Democratic rivals have stepped aside from challenging Kasich since FitzGerald’s exploratory committee was announced.