CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two men seeking to become the next Cuyahoga County executive will make their case to editors at Northeast Ohio Media Group Thursday morning, and we’ll be covering it live here.
State Rep. Armond Budish, a Democrat, and County Councilman Jack Schron, a Republican, are meeting with the editorial board at 9 a.m. Both are running to replace current County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who opted to run for governor this November rather than seek re-election.
NEOMG reporter Andrew J. Tobias will sit in, and cover it live in the comments section at the bottom of this post.
Budish, 61, of Beachwood, is a former Ohio House majority leader and an attorney whose practice focuses on issues affecting senior citizens. Term limits prevent him from seeking another two-year term in the Ohio House of Representatives.
Schron, 66, of Chagrin Falls is the CEO of Cleveland-based machine-parts manufacturer Jergens Inc., an attorney and retired U.S. Army officer. Since 2010, he has represented the county’s far-east suburbs on County Council, and is a former Chagrin Falls school board member.
Budish, who has been endorsed by most local Democrats of note, including FitzGerald, has run a low-key campaign that’s primarily focused on attending community events and courting party insiders.
He is considered the odds-on favorite in the race given the Democratic Party’s traditional dominance in Cuyahoga County, plus a formidable fundraising advantage.
Schron hopes that by emphasizing his business background and his hands-on experience with the current county government, he can overcome the uphill battle of being a Republican. He hopes to get a boost from another Republican who knows how to win elections here: former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, who is Schron’s highest-profile backer.
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