Zack Space was born and raised in the small eastern Ohio town of Dover. Upon graduating from law school at The Ohio State University, he returned to Dover where he spent nearly 20 years managing a consumer-oriented law practice, and served as a Public Defender and as Dover’s City Law Director. In 2006, he was elected to Congress from Ohio’s 18th District, comprising much of rural eastern and southern Ohio. During his tenure in Congress, Zack championed underserved Ohioans and was instrumental in bringing broadband technology, employment opportunities, and infrastructure improvements to his constituents.
Upon leaving Congress in 2011, Zack went to work for the prestigious Columbus firm Vorys Advisors, where he has worked with local governments, charitable organizations, and the private sector to promote economic development across Ohio. Zack serves as a board member for numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), CoalBlue, the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations, the Ohio Black Legislative Caucus Foundation, and the Steering Committee for the Central Ohio Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He also serves as a board member on the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections.
Zack is running to serve as Ohio’s next Auditor of State, where he will use the broad power of the office to deliver much needed reform to state government. Zack is committed to promoting best practices and transparency by focusing on the following: reducing the influence that campaign contributions have on policy, taking politics out of the redistricting process, and serving as a watchdog for hard-working Ohioans and their families.
About the Auditor
The Auditor’s office is the people’s watchdog. We entrust our public officials with our laws and our tax dollars. In order to make sure they act as good stewards, the Ohio Constitution created the Auditor’s office, an independent office that ensures our public officials act in the best interests of all Ohioans.
The Auditor of State – the people’s representative in Ohio’s government – does this by investigating and reporting on: (1) how public officials are spending our tax dollars, (2) whether they are following the law (or breaking it), and (3) whether our tax dollars can be spent better and more efficiently.
Financial audits are conducted annually or biennially and report on the accuracy of public offices’ financial statements. This is what most people think of when they hear the word “audit,” but the Auditor’s office also conducts special audits when so requested or when doing so is in the public interest. Special audits are highly focused, and investigate whether public officials are following the law. Lastly, the Auditor’s office conducts performance audits that look for more efficient ways to provide better, higher-quality public services.