News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Greater Akron Chamber

Hennes Paynter Communications

Meaden & Moore


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


Cuyahoga Executive FitzGerald forms his gubernatorial exploration committee
The Democrat will try to expand his name recognition across Ohio
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (at podium) talks about the potential impact of federal budget cuts on the county. Beside him (L-R) are MetroHealth Medical Center's John Corlett, Jim Weaver from the county's airport, and Ron Rasmus of the Great Lakes Towing Company and Shipyard.
Courtesy of Kevin Niedermier
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald took another step toward a run for Ohio governor next year. Today, the Democrat announced formation of an exploratory committee. That allows him to raise money to test the waters for a challenge to Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:04)


A recent poll shows Cuyahoga County Executive FitzGerald is the least likely potential Democratic challenger to defeat Gov. Kasich if the race were held today. The other possible candidates are former Congresswoman Betty Sutton and Congressman Tim Ryan. Neither has announced a run, and though he’s formed an exploratory committee, FitzGerald says he hasn’t decided either.

“It’s not something you do on the spur of the moment," Fitzgerald said. "It’s a big state and I’m pretty well known around here, but I’m getting to know more about the rest of the state. ... I want to know what people have to say, if they’re happy with the way things are going, or if they think I may be the person to lead the state in another direction.”                                                                    

FitzGerald, a former suburban Cleveland mayor, chided state leaders for cutting funding to local governments. FitzGerald talked about his possible gubernatorial bid following a press conference he held to discuss the impact on county services from the federal budget cuts known as sequestration. The Cuyahoga County Airport is one of several smaller airports nationwide that would have to close its control tower on April 7th. Jim Weaver operates “Flight Options,” which coordinates business flights at the airport.

“Some people might think of Cuyahoga County as a low volume, backwater airport to nowhere. But I can tell you, it’s very heavily trafficked, so we think the control tower is important for safety.”

If the tower closes, controllers would guide flights into the Cuyahoga County Airport from Cleveland Hopkins Airport. FitzGerald says closing the control tower could hurt the county’s economic competitiveness.

Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center is another Cuyahoga County service that could be hurt by the sequester. Hospital spokesman John Corlett says the cuts would mean nearly $3 million fewer Medicare dollars over a year’s time. And that would hurt the facility’s ability to expand services and do research.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

An amendment to an Ohio agriculture bill may kill whole bill
I hope the Gov. sticks to his veto, Att takes more out of this state than it puts in.

From warehouse to writer: Terry Pluto's Thanksgiving thank you
Dear Terry: On my 8th cup of coffee trying to get Thanksgiving "Brunch" done ahead of time because I work nights. However, I just had to stop to contact yo...

The first big private gift comes in for the pro football HOF project
The HOF has needed a shot in the arm for many years and this project will go a long way to getting the attraction the attention it deserves (next: upgrad...

Environmental study nears completion in East Liverpool
Twenty years ago my twin sister and I protested the building and operation of the WTI facility citing several studies that indicated the risk of cancer due to ...

HOF's Canton expansion could take an island and make it a village
I live in the block from Broad St to the Hall of Fame and will be impacted by the expansion. I am in the process of selling my home and planned to long before i...

Cleveland redeploys police to replace rejected red-light traffic cameras
Periodic rotational enforcement without warning does NOT change behavior and the city officials know that. This is the basis of all officer-run enforcement trap...

New enrollment period offers more insurance options
The removal of federal funding for healthcare CO-OPs may limit the growth of the CO-OP movement. http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=6381

The family of Boardman vet killed in Vietnam receives his medals
My name is Mike Eisenbraun. I am Larry's brother. I was 14 years old when Larry was killed in Vietnam. He has been gone for 46 years but it seems like yester...

Cleveland seniors are creating new wealth -- and facing new challenges
Why is anyone surprised that we people over 65 are not retiring? If you have been paying attention, defined company funded pensions were phasing out in the eigh...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University