CLEVELAND — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is about to have a 2014 challenger.
Democrat Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, is expected Wednesday to formalize his campaign for governor against the Republican incumbent.
FitzGerald has scheduled announcements in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.
The 44-year-old former FBI agent and Lakewood mayor promotes his role as a reformer who helped restore integrity after the commissioner form of government in Ohio’s most populous county was plagued with scandal.
To make his case, FitzGerald must fend off critics who seek to use his designation as Public Official 14 in the government’s corruption probe to tarnish his tough-on-crime message. Republicans have launched a website using the moniker.
FitzGerald’s name surfaced only marginally in the investigation. He was never a target and was not charged.