Economy at heart of fall race for Ohio governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and Democratic rival Ed FitzGerald will focus this fall on Ohio's economic position and how that has hit or benefited workers and businesses in the state.

Kasich already launched a series of biographical TV ads emphasizing his blue-collar roots along the Ohio River — albeit on the Pennsylvania side — and his belief that economic prosperity should be shared.

The 45-year-old FitzGerald, of Lakewood, is the Cuyahoga County executive, a former FBI agent, prosecutor and mayor. He criticizes the economic comeback celebrated by Kasich as disproportionately benefiting the wealthy.

The 61-year-old Kasich, a former congressman and Lehman Brothers managing director, responds directly to the issue in his ads. He says power and wealth don't prevent a person from working to help the less fortunate.