Ed FitzGerald, the first-term Cuyahoga County executive, is unknown and untested outside Greater Cleveland. And higher-profile Democrats, including ex-Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, have passed on the race.
“Today, I’m announcing the formation of an exploratory committee to run for governor,” said FitzGerald in a video released on his web site. “But more than that, I’m beginning a conversation with you, the people of Ohio.”