GALLIPOLIS — This year’s Gallia County Junior Fair received a visit from the 2014 Ohio gubernatorial Democrat candidate Ed FitzGerald on Thursday afternoon.
FitzGerald, who is also a county executive of Cuyahoga County, continued his “Hometown Tour” with a visit to the Democratic County Party Booth at the fair to discuss his disagreements with Gov. John Kasich and the impact of local government fund cuts with Gallia residents and supporters.
“Governor Kasich, when he ran, said that he was going to cut taxes — and he has for some people, but lots of people have gotten tax increases. He never revealed that. So he raised sale taxes, taxes on oil and gas, taxes on seniors and then he took all this money out of local communities, which caused local property taxes to go up, ” FitzGerald said. ” So, really what’s happened in the last four years is taxes have been shifted. They got shifted away from some of the wealthiest people in the state … to a lot of middle class families. And he never disclosed that when he ran, and I’m disclosing it now because that’s what he’s been doing and it’s something that I’m in great disagreement with him about.”
Democratic County Chair Carole Roush expressed appreciation for FitzGerald’s visit and emphasized the importance of southern Ohio’s representation.
“We are just so pleased to have Ed with us today. It’s the third time he’s been in our county in the last three months,” she said. “Southern Ohio does count and we’re often ignored because of the bigger cities, but southern Ohio counts just as much as the urban areas. We just really appreciate our candidates coming down and visiting with people on the ground here.”
FitzGerald also commented on southern Ohio’s representation and what he would like to see happen in the area’s economy.
“He’s (Kasich) taken $3 million out of local government — out of this county, he took $3 million out of local schools — and he hasn’t really put anything back in. So one of the things I’ve been talking to people about is that they’d like to see a governor that understands this part of Ohio deserves representation too, and we ought to put some state resources into local jobs and the economy down here,” FitzGerald said.
FitzGerald kicked off his statewide tour on July 12 and has since then visited Cincinnati, Lebanon, Wilmington, Jackson, Parma, Oak Harbor, Norwalk, Ashland, McArthur, Chillicothe, Batavia, Hamilton, Mount Vernon, Newark, Marysville, Lorain and Tiffin.
He also visited the Greene County Fair and Pike County Fair this week.