Zack Space was born and raised in the small eastern Ohio town of Dover. After graduating from Kenyon College, then earning a law degree at The Ohio State University, he returned to Dover and practiced law for nearly 20 years, during which time he served as a Public Defender and as Dover’s City Law Director. In 2006, he was elected to serve as the Congressman from Ohio’s 18th District, comprising 16 counties in rural southeastern Ohio.
During his tenure in Congress, Zack championed working class Ohioans, and was instrumental in bringing broadband technology, employment opportunities, and infrastructure improvements to his district. Upon leaving Congress in 2011, Zack joined the prestigious Columbus law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease where he worked with local governments, charitable organizations, and the private sector to promote economic development across Ohio.
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 shining a light on the corruptive influence of money in politics, ending extreme partisan gerrymandering, and serving as a watchdog for hardworking Ohio 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.