Ed FitzGerald is a husband, father, and lifelong public servant.
Ed FitzGerald is running for Governor because — as a husband, father, FBI agent, prosecutor, mayor, and Cuyahoga County Executive — he has seen that too often our government does not work for working families.
Ed believes in making Ohio work for everyone, not just the wealthy & well connected.
As the seventh of eight children, Ed worked his way through Ohio State and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. After he graduated, Ed became a Special Agent with the FBI in Chicago’s Organized Crime Task Force, working to hold corrupt politicians accountable.
After his service, Ed returned with his young family to his roots outside of Cleveland, where he served as an assistant county prosecutor. There, Ed defended victims of violence and domestic abuse.
Wanting to do more to prevent these victims from ending up in the courtroom in the first place, Ed ran for Lakewood City Council, where he served for 9 years before being elected Mayor. Under Ed’s leadership, Lakewood was recognized as being one of the best places in Ohio to raise a family.
In 2010, following one of the largest public corruption scandals in the history of Ohio, Ed was elected to lead a new county government. As County Executive, Ed reduced government waste by tens of millions of dollars and used those savings to create four times more jobs than his predecessor and the nation’s largest college affordability program. While balancing the budget every year, Ed also expanded the county’s pre-kindergarten program, and “restored people’s trust in Cuyahoga County,” putting in place some of the toughest ethics laws in Ohio.
Ed and his wife Shannon are the proud parents of four children in college and high school: Jack, Connor, Colleen, and Bridget. Shannon works as a dietitian for Lorain County Public Schools and, on Saturdays, at a Cleveland-area hospital. During the campaign, Shannon is running in 5Ks all over Ohio to raise awareness around local causes and meet Ohioans across the state.