John Kasich vs. Ed FitzGerald Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For Ohio Governor's Race 2014

So here are the issue-by-issue stands for John Kasich and Ed FitzGerald, with additional links at the bottom for each candidate if you'd like to dig deeper.
10/23/2014 01:09 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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We developed our guides by analyzing information from trusted resources such as www.votesmart.org, www.ontheissues.org, www.ballotpedia.com, www.politifact.com, www.factcheck.org, www.vote411.org and from candidate websites, public debates and interviews, and statements in major media outlets. We also showed them to groups like campus Young Republicans and Young Democrats at the schools we work with to verify their fairness and lack of bias.

So here are the issue-by-issue stands for John Kasich and Ed FitzGerald, with additional links at the bottom for each candidate if you'd like to dig deeper. (You can also find Ohio's Secretary of State guide here.)

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Education: Do you support increasing funding for K-12 education?
Kasich: No
FitzGerald:Yes

Education: Do you support the effort to standardize and increase school standards under the Common Core initiative?
Kasich: Yes
FitzGerald:No

Education: Do you support providing vouchers to parents to send their children to private schools with public money?
Kasich: Yes
FitzGerald:No

Education: Do you support increasing funding for higher education?
Kasich: No (State funding of higher education has dropped 18% over the past five years. Kasich signed 2014 bill with new funding formula based on graduation and course completion rates rather than on student attendance.)
FitzGerald:Yes

Elections: Do you support cutbacks of early voting?
Kasich: Yes
FitzGerald:No

Elections: Do you support requiring registered voters to present a photo-ID in order to vote?
Kasich:
FitzGerald:

Elections: Do you support increasing restrictions on campaign donations?
Kasich: Unknown
FitzGerald:Yes

Environment: Do you believe that human activity is a major factor contributing to climate change?
Kasich: Yes
FitzGerald:Yes

Environment: Do you support taking government action to limit the levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere?
Kasich: No
FitzGerald:Yes

Environment: Do you support government mandates and/or subsidies for renewable energy?
Kasich: No
FitzGerald:Yes

Gay Marriage: Do you support gay marriage?
Kasich: No
FitzGerald:Yes

Gun Control: Do you support enacting more restrictive gun control legislation?
Kasich: No
FitzGerald: Unknown

Healthcare: Do you support the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare?
Kasich: No
FitzGerald:Yes

Healthcare: Should your state accept federal funds so Medicaid will cover people earning up to 138% of the federal poverty line?
Kasich: Yes
FitzGerald:Yes

Marijuana: Do you support efforts to decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana?
Kasich: No. Also opposes medical marijuana
FitzGerald: Supports medical marijuana

Minimum Wage: Do you support raising the minimum wage?
Kasich: No
FitzGerald:Yes

Social Issues: Should abortion be highly restricted?
Kasich: Yes
FitzGerald:No

Social Issues: Should employers be able to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?
Kasich: Unknown
FitzGerald: No

Taxes: Have you signed the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge to oppose any tax increases to raise revenue? (The answer to this question is taken from the database of signatories of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, created by Americans for Tax Reform. Signers to the pledge promise to oppose "any and all tax increases" meant to generate additional revenue.)
Kasich: No
FitzGerald:No

Taxes: Would you increase taxes on corporations and/or high-income individuals to pay for public services?
Kasich: No
FitzGerald:Yes

Unions: Should public employees, such as firefighters, police, and teachers, have the right to bargain as a group for wages and other benefits?
Kasich: No
FitzGerald:Yes

Learn more about the candidates:
Kasich: John Kasich Vote Smart pages and John Kasich On the Issues pages
FitzGerald: Ed FitzGerald Vote Smart pages

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Other gubernatorial candidates include Anita Rios (Green). Due to limited space, we can't include her positions, but invite you to check out her website.