Kasich challenger wants ethics review of JobsOhio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic challenger to Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is calling for the Ohio Ethics Commission to investigate the state’s private economic development entity.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Executive Ed FitzGerald told reporters Thursday he wants the panel to examine JobsOhio’s procedures.

His comments come after a newspaper review found six of nine board members at JobsOhio have ties to companies that received tax credits or other state or JobsOhio assistance since Kasich took office in 2011.

The Dayton Daily News identified JobsOhio directors who were either employed by, on the board of or stockholders in the benefiting companies.

A JobsOhio spokeswoman has said the analysis encompassed incentive packages granted before JobsOhio existed or had a board, and the office requires directors to abide by a strong conflict of interest policy.

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