FitzGerald invades GOP stronghold to raise money

Jan 31, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald will come to Butler County's heavily-Republican Liberty Township tonight for a fundraising event.

FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County Executive who has been endorsed for governor by the Ohio Democratic Party, will be at a reception and fundraiser at 5 p.m. at the home of Kathy Wyenandt, the chair of the Butler County Democratic Party executive committee.

The incumbent Republican governor, John Kasich, defeated then-Democratic governor Ted Strickland in 2010 by a large margin - 74,972 votes to Strickland's 40,153.

FitzGerald is waiting to see if he will have a May primary opponent. Hamilton County commissioner Todd Portune began testing the waters in December for a possible challenge to FitzGerald, but has yet to find a running mate and hasn't made his candidacy official. The filing deadline for candidates is Wednesday.

Reservations for tonight's fundraising event can be made at