FitzGerald, Pepper bring campaigns to Valley

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Even though a driver’s license scandal threw a wrench into Democratic candidate Ed FitzGerald’s chance as the next Ohio governor, he is still hoping for a win on Nov. 4.

“I think the election could be very, very close. Some polls have been good for us. Some have not,” FitzGerald said during a campaign stop on Monday.

However, after looking through multiple polls for the past several months, the last time FitzGerald was leading in the polls was in August of 2013. Ever since then, the gap has widened and the most recent polls have Republican Gov. John Kasich up by 20 points.

But FitzGerald said he is not giving up.

“We are here because we are campaigning across the state. We got about a week to go in the election,” FitzGerald said.

FitzGerald was looking for help from people in the Valley. He even was a part of a phone bank kickoff in Niles.

“We want to make sure people get out the vote as much as possible,” FitzGerald said.

And while FitzGerald was in Niles Monday evening, fellow Democratic candidate David Pepper was in various locations in the area, including at the Upstairs Lounge in Austintown for a fundraiser. Pepper is challenging Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine.

“Talking to people about how important it is to go out and vote,” Pepper said.

He said he knows there are challenges.

“Mike DeWine is really well known, but people are ready for something new,” Pepper said.

He said he is confident he will pull out a win at the polls next week.

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