Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (D) officially kicked off his campaign against Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Wednesday, launching a bid to take on a onetime very unpopular governor whose image has improved dramatically in the last two years.

FitzGerald is the early front-runner for the Democratic nomination. His decision to run has been widely expected in recent weeks; he launched an exploratory committee in early March and has caught the attention of national Democrats.