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Akron, Canton absent from FitzGerald's debate city wish list

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 24, 2014

Akron was noticeably absent from the list of cities on Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald's debate wish list.

So was Canton.

FitzGerald, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has agreed to debates in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (two debates), Sandusky and Zanesville, and asked for additional matchups in Dayton, Lima, Marietta, Toledo and Youngstown, the Plain Dealer reported today.

Asked why Akron and Canton didn't make FitzGerald's list, Lauren Hitt, his campaign spokeswoman said, "The additional cities we challenged the governor in were located in media markets where we had not already received invitations."

Hitt did say, though, that FitzGerald would "welcome any opportunity to debate in Akron or in Canton."

Kasich, Ohio's Republican governor, hasn't yet said how many debates he will participate in or where they will be located.

Kasich and former Gov. Ted Strickland only debated two times in 2010 -- once in Columbus and once in Toledo. (Akron and Canton were snubbed then too.) 

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