Updated: 3/28/2014 8:55 P.M.
Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich's expected Democratic opponent told Marietta College's Democrats Kasich has failed in his promises to bring more jobs to the Buckeye State.
Fitzgerald, who is a Cuyahoga County Commissioner, told us his first priority would be to work to restore money the state pays out to local governments.
"I was just talking to some folks here who represent townships and small towns here," Fitzgerald said at the Mid-Ohio Valley Democratic Dinner. "They've been devastated because the governor cut 50% from the local government fund, and the state budget is bigger than it's ever been. We need a governor from day one who says, 'tax money should not be spent in Columbus; it should be spent where people pay it and earn it, which is right here in local communities.'"
Fitzgerald has already made several appearances in the area, and plans to make more in Marietta in the coming months.
Ohio's monthly unemployment rate only recently fell below the national average.
The Ohio governor's race comes to Marietta Friday night.
Democratic candidate Ed Fitzgerald makes a campaign stop.
Fitzgerald will be in Marietta Friday evening to address the Mid-Ohio Valley Democratic party.
The event is being held at the Comfort Inn near Interstate 77.
Fitzgerald, a Cuyahoga County commissioner, was in northeastern Ohio earlier Friday speaking in support of an increase in the federal minimum wage.
While he has opposition in the May primary, Fitzgerald is expected to be Republican Governor John Kasich's opponent in the November election.