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Local Elections: Before casting your ballot on Nov. 4, read up on a few of this election’s candidates


Ed FitzGerald (D)

FitzGerald is the county executive for Cuyahoga County. During his term, promoted a universal pre-kindergarten program for residents of the county. FitzGerald’s campaign has focused on expanding job creation in Ohio.

John Kasich (R)

Kasich is the incumbent candidate, first elected in 2010. During his time in office, Kasich privatized job creation in Ohio and was effective in cutting $400 million in taxes, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Anita Rios (Green)

Rios currently serves on the Green Party of Ohio Central Committee and as the President of the National Organization for Women’s Ohio chapter. Rios’s campaign promotes the creation of a state-chartered bank, raising state minimum wage to $15 an hour and preventing any policy that would promote hydraulic fracking.


State Representative (68th District)

Joyce Skocic (D)

Skocic taught in public schools for 39 years and says she hopes to improve education in Knox County by working to repeal budget cuts for schools.

Margaret Ann Ruhl (R)

Ruhl is the incumbent candidate. Since she was first elected to the position in 2009, Ruhl has sponsored bills that limited tobacco use in schools and aimed to help war veterans. She told the Collegian she is “very interested in mental health” and wants to “do what [she] can to help individuals that are mentally ill and struggling.”

Randy Miller (I)

An independent, Miller’s priority is funding for public schools, according to a KnoxPages interview. He is a Vietnam War veteran and a sergeant. He says he wants to increase jobs by working directly with current businesses and bringing in new ones.


State Senator (19th District)

Neil Patel (D)

Patel is a central Ohio businessman with nearly 30 years of experience running dozens of businesses. He says he recognizes education as the core of success and looks to boost Ohio’s economic potential by revitalizing the educational system.

Kris Jordan (R)

Senator Jordan currently represents the 19th District, which includes Knox and Delaware counties as well as portions of Franklin County, for the Ohio Senate as a first-time senator. During his time as Delaware County Commissioner, Jordan Spent five years fighting to reduce property taxes and has never voted for a tax increase in his career.

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