|From left to right, Dennis Wright, OSCM Secretary-Treasurer; Ed Fitzgerald, Candidate for Ohio Governor; T. Dean Wright, Jr., OSCM President; Duane Lukens, OSCM Vice President; Neil Douglas, OSCM Legislative Agent and Nick Kent OSCM Vice President.|
The Ohio State Council of Machinists (OSCM) endorsed Cuyahoga County Executive and former FBI Agent Ed FitzGerald for governor at its fall meeting in Columbus, OH. The OSCM counts 30,000 IAM workers and retirees in Ohio.
“Since announcing our support for him years ago, Ed FitzGerald has proven us right by making government work for middle-class families,” said OSCM President T. Dean Wright, Jr. “Ed is clearly the right choice for workers in Ohio to be our next governor, and we look forward to supporting him.”
Fitzgerald will be running against incumbent John Kasich who made his first attack on Ohio working families with an attempt to repeal collective bargaining for public employees shortly after taking office in 2011. SB 5 was soundly defeated by a margin of over 61 percent when voters took to the polls in November.
“I’m honored to have such strong and early support from the Ohio State Council of Machinists,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald. “This historic organization has represented Ohio workers with the highest honor, and I hope to do the same as their governor. In the coming months, I look forward to working with them to find the best ways to help and protect workers in Ohio. I am deeply appreciative of their longstanding support throughout my years in public service.”