Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Lakewood Mayor Ed FitzGerald wins historic race for Cuyahoga County executive

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Lakewood Mayor Ed FitzGerald won the keys to Cuyahoga County's new government and preserved the local Democratic Party's stronghold Tuesday evening with a solid win over former State Rep. Matt Dolan.

With all 1,068 precincts reporting, FitzGerald beat Dolan, a Republican lawyer from Chagrin Falls, 45 percent to 31 percent in the race to be the first county executive.

The victory propels FitzGerald, an ambitious young mayor with a textbook knowledge of politics, into a job many believe will be second only to the governor in terms of power and constituency. It also revives Greater Cleveland's Democratic machine in a year many thought it would collapse under the weight of the largest public corruption scandal in county history.

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