Democrat FitzGerald launches 1st ad for governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial Ed FitzGerald has begun airing his first television ad.

The 30-second spot titled "Promise" is airing on Cleveland and Columbus broadcast stations and cable stations statewide. FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County executive, and running mate Sharen Neuhardt planned announcement events in Cincinnati and Dayton Wednesday.

The ad features images of blue-collar workers, farmers, firefighters, police and teachers as FitzGerald pledges to get Ohio "working for working people."

The Democrat faces incumbent Republican John Kasich (KAY'-sik) in November. Kasich is ahead in polls and fundraising, but saw some of his lowest approval ratings during a 2011 battle over a law he'd signed that limited the collective bargaining powers of public employee unions.

FitzGerald and Kasich are disagreeing over whose favored economic policies can do more to help Ohioans.

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