COLUMBUS -- Former United States Congressman Zack Space announced the endorsement of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus in his race for Auditor of State on Thursday morning. Space is a former Board Member of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, serving from 2016 to early 2018.
“I greatly value the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus for its work in the General Assembly and in communities of color across Ohio,” said Zack Space. “I sincerely appreciate the support of these community leaders and I will continue to consult their expertise throughout my campaign as I proactively and meaningfully engage communities of color.”
COLUMBUS — Former U.S. Congressman Zack Space announced the endorsements of the Ohio Education Association and Ohio Federation of Teachers in his campaign for auditor of state March 29. OEA and OFT represent approximately 125,000 and 20,000 members across Ohio, respectively.
“Educators provide an invaluable service to our society, yet they remain undervalued by politicians in Columbus,” said Space. “Despite providing such meaningful public service, Ohio’s teachers have been victimized by austere state budgets, attacks on collective bargaining rights, and scams by for-profit charter schools such as ECOT which drain funding and erode faith in traditional public schools.”
Zack Space, a native of Tuscarawas County and candidate for Ohio auditor of state, addressed the Highland County Democratic Party spring dinner Monday, March 26.
Space has been traveling across Ohio since announcing his candidacy for auditor last August. The former two-term Congressman began his address by detailing the Space family’s immigration story, in which his grandfather, Zacharias, left Greece – then under oppressive rule by the Ottoman Empire – for the promise of democracy in America.
Space explained how the democratic system his grandfather risked everything for has been corrupted by the influence of money in politics and by political greed.
MARIETTA — The annual Washington County Democratic Party Spring Dinner was held Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Marietta.
There was a feeling of energy fresh off the “March For Our Lives” rally in Marietta earlier in the day and across the nation in support of doing something about safety in schools. Many in attendance at the dinner felt a sense of energy and hope, feeling that getting involved can make a difference. ...
“I can feel the energy in the room. A lot of Democrats are very excited this year. I’m excited too and I’ve been seeing this energy all over the state,” said Zack Space, a candidate for State Auditor.
XENIA — Zack Space, a former two-term United States Congressman and candidate for Ohio Auditor of State, addressed a crowd of 25 at the Greene County Democratic Women’s Club March 22.
Space began by pointing to an American flag hanging in the room at the Greene County Democratic Party Headquarters on South Detroit Street and asking the audience to consider “what it means to you.”
Space explained that to him, the flag means democracy and freedom, but that those things have become corrupted by the influence of money in politics and by political greed. Space then continued by discussing his campaign for auditor, which is focused on ending the influence of campaign contributions in politics and eradicating extreme partisan gerrymandering.
The state's largest labor organization, the Ohio AFL-CIO, is backing Zack Space for auditor of state.
Space, a former congressman from southeast Ohio, will be the Democratic nominee in November against Republican Keith Faber, a state representative from Celina, Ohio.
Here is the Space campaign's news release:
“Zack Space understands the economic issues facing Ohio’s working families because he’s one of us,” said Tim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO. “As a Member of Congress, Zack valiantly stood up for working people and we know that as Auditor he will protect the integrity of government by exposing schemes to cheat taxpayers and eliminating partisan gerrymandering.”
COLUMBUS -- Former United States Congressman Zack Space, candidate for Ohio Auditor of State, released the following statement on the passage of Ohio House Bill 87 on Wednesday.
“The Ohio House of Representatives deserves credit for allowing the return of public funds misused by charter schools to local school districts. In acknowledging the fault of these charter schools, such as the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), state legislators should do more: they must return all campaign contributions from ECOT founder Bill Lager and his associates to the public school districts they represent.
ECOT swindled Ohioans out of more than $1 billion over the last decade, delivering abysmal results while enriching Lager.
The Democrat hoping to be Ohio’s next auditor calls ECOT the prime example of the corrupting influence of money in Ohio politics. And Zack Space says the current auditor could have done something about it long before millions of dollars were lost. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s ML. Schultze has more from his speech to the Akron Press Club today.
Much of the speech by – and questions asked of -- Zack Space focused on policy issues well beyond the direct control of the state auditor – things like guns, the environment, job creation. But on the issue of privatizing government, Space said the auditor can ensure public money and responsibility are protected.
COLUMBUS -- Former U.S. Congressman and candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space released the following statement Monday morning upon receiving the endorsement of Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.
“I’m truly honored to receive the endorsement of my friend, former Congressional colleague, and America’s finest Senator, Sherrod Brown in my campaign for Auditor of State,” said Zack Space.
“In addition to being a committed champion of working families, Sherrod Brown understands that Ohioans desire and deserve to feel connected to the political process, not excluded by wealthy special interests and self-interested politicians. I’m proud to stand with Sherrod in the effort to reclaim our democracy for the people of Ohio."
Zack Space, the most likely Democratic candidate for state auditor, starts the race this year with a trifecta of issues against his Republican opponent, state Rep. Keith Faber, that should raise the profile of what it usually a snoozer of a statewide contest.
Those issues include the auditor’s role in the gerrymandering of statehouse and congressional districts — something voters are becoming aware of just in time for the 2018 election.
The auditor is one of three elected officials who is automatically part of the 7-member commission that draws statehouse districts — and which might draw congressional district maps too.
Mr. Space also has political advantages in a year when gerrymandering, underperforming charter schools, and the Republican Party’s anti-alternative energy policies are ripening.
A Democratic group backed by former President Barack Obama intends to pour millions of dollars into an eclectic array of elections in a dozen states, in an effort to block Republicans from single-handedly drawing congressional maps after 2020, officials leading the group said.
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, formed last year under the leadership of Eric H. Holder Jr., the former attorney general, has settled on a strategy to contest a combination of governorships, legislative seats and more obscure state offices to chip away at Republicans’ sweeping control of the redistricting process.
Mr. Holder said in an interview that the group was chiefly determined to deny Republicans so-called trifectas in state governments — places where a single party controls the governorship and an entire legislature, as Republicans do in Ohio and Florida, among other critical battlegrounds.
COLUMBUS -- Former United States Congressman Zack Space, candidate for Ohio Auditor of State, released the following statement Tuesday evening on the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 5.
“The overwhelming passage of Senate Joint Resolution 5 is proof that when both political parties act in good faith, and engage in the rare act of compromise, decent results can be achieved.
The 200,000 signatures collected by the Fair Districts coalition served as the ultimate leverage in negotiations, providing further evidence that Ohioans are against partisan gerrymandering in any form. With the overwhelming success of Issue 1 in 2015 and today's agreement, Ohio is closer to achieving political justice. However, while SJR 5 is certainly a step in the right direction, it does not fully depoliticize the redistricting process.
When you have the implosion of one of the largest charter schools in the country in an election year, a perfect storm of vitriol and blame is the byproduct. The Dispatch coverage included this statement from Democratic State Auditor candidate Zach Space:
(T)he self-interested politicians who aided and abetted this slow-motion train wreck for more than a decade must now be held accountable. . . Politicians who eagerly did ECOT’s bidding as long as founder Bill Lager handed out campaign checks — all the while knowing that the ‘school’ was an abject failure — are now, unsurprisingly, silent. These individuals do a disservice to the concept of public service, and I am calling on every politician who took contributions from Bill Lager and other ECOT executives to donate every cent back to Ohio public schools, where it belongs.
COLUMBUS -- A Democratic candidate for Ohio state auditor, who has made the problems surrounding the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow a centerpiece of his campaign, weighed in on Friday to news of the school's closure.
Former U.S. Rep. Zack Space said the controversy surrounding ECOT is "the precise reason so many Ohioans have lost faith in their government and feel isolated from their democracy."
"Self-interest politicians, focused exclusively on their campaign war chests, happily looked the other way for 17 years while this for-profit school enriched its founder, produced dismal graduation rates of under 40 percent, and made off with over $1 billion of taxpayer money since 2001," Space said in a news release on Friday.
COLUMBUS --Former U.S. Congressman and candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space released the following statement Friday morning following news that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow had lost its sponsor and would immediately close:
“Yesterday’s news of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s closing is the precise reason so many Ohioans have lost faith in their government and feel isolated from their democracy. Self-interested politicians, focused exclusively on their campaign war chests, happily looked the other way for 17 years while this for-profit school enriched its founder, produced dismal graduation rates of under 40%, and made off with over $1 billion of taxpayer money since 2001.
COLUMBUS -- Former United States Congressman Zack Space today announced the endorsement of 16 Mayors in communities across Ohio in his campaign for Ohio Auditor of State. The Mayors lead a collection of Ohio’s largest cities, such as Columbus, Cincinnati, and Toledo, as well as some of its smallest villages, such as Glouster (pop. 1,793) and Amesville (pop. 157) in Athens County.
“Mayors are on the front lines of Ohio’s communities, working with first responders, fixing potholes, and balancing budgets,” said Zack Space on Tuesday.
“Having the support of this group of Mayors -- which represents the geographic diversity of our state -- is extra special, because they know better than anyone else the disastrous results associated with a state government that answers to special interests instead of the people of Ohio.”
Former U.S. Congressman and candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space today released the following statement following reports that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) may permanently close as soon as next week:
“From the beginning, the true victims of the ECOT farce have been Ohio children. The reports that ECOT may permanently close will again harm those same children, whose educational future is now unclear. No Ohio child or their family should ever know that fear and uncertainty. I am hopeful that the General Assembly, the Ohio Department of Education, and all other relevant government agencies will go above and beyond to ensure a smooth transition for the thousands of students who might be displaced ...
COLUMBUS -- Former United States Congressman Zack Space today announced the endorsement of U.S. Representatives Joyce Beatty, Marcia Fudge, Marcy Kaptur, and Tim Ryan -- Ohio’s four Democrats in Congress -- in his campaign for Ohio Auditor of State. Space represented a district of 16 southeastern Ohio counties in Congress from 2007-2011, serving alongside Reps. Fudge, Kaptur, and Ryan.
“Reps. Beatty, Fudge, Kaptur, and Ryan are all admired public servants who battle for workers and their families in Washington, while remaining accessible and engaged in the communities they represent,” said Zack Space on Friday.
COLUMBUS -- Former U.S. Congressman and candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space today announced the personal endorsement of 30 Democratic Party county chairs across Ohio. The endorsing officials represent Ohio counties of all sizes and locations, from Michael Sexton in Franklin County to Dave Betras in Mahoning County and Willa O’Neill in Washington County.
“I’m running for Ohio Auditor of State to bring real change to Ohio’s broken political system. My campaign is working tirelessly to bring our message of reform to every corner of Ohio, and is guided by the idea that every Ohioan has a stake in rebuilding our democratic process, no matter their zip code or the size of their bank account,” said Space. “That’s why I am extremely proud and humbled by the strong and early support I have earned from these 30 grassroots leaders across our state.”
JACKSON - Zack Space, a Democrat who once served Jackson County and the region as a congressman, would now like to represent the entire state as the next state auditor.
Space was the guest speaker at the annual Christmas Dinner of the Jackson County Democratic Party, which was held Friday evening, Dec. 15, at the Jackson Senior Citizens Center as part of a covered-dish dinner. It was his second campaign appearance in Jackson County since he announced his candidacy for state auditor last August. Most recently, he has worked as a principal in a Columbus-based law office of Vorys Advisors, LLC, a subsidiary of the law firm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.
From Nov. 27-29, Ohio candidate for State Auditor Zack Space spent time in Southeast Ohio on an “Ohio River Tour to Restore” that focused on systemic issues of political injustice faced by Appalachian Ohioans.
Born in Tuscarawas County in eastern Ohio, Space has a demonstrated history of serving working-class Ohioans. After receiving his law certification from the Ohio State Bar Association, Space served as a public defender, consumer protection lawyer and adviser to two Ohio attorneys general.
In 2006, Space won a competitive primary for Ohio’s 18th Congressional District, which encompassed parts of more than 14 counties from Carroll to Jackson. As a representative, Space sat on health, technology and consumer protection-related sub-committees.
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — A former area Congressman is making a bid for the State Auditor’s Office. Democrat Zack Space is running for the office to succeed Republican Dave Yost, who is running for State Attorney General due to term limits. At this time Space is unopposed as a Democrat.
The only other candidate running for auditor right now is former Ohio Senate President Keith Faber. Space stopped into the AVC Newsroom and spoke with Reporter Bill Cassler on Wednesday regarding his run for Auditor.
A former U.S. Congressman who represented areas of northwestern Athens County returned to his old stomping grounds last week to highlight gerrymandering and food insecurity in Glouster and Nelsonville.
Former U.S. Rep. Zack Space is running for Ohio auditor in 2018 and included the two Athens County stops in his “Ohio River Tour to Restore,” a three-day tour of nine southeastern Ohio counties meant to highlight what Space called systemic issues of political injustice.
“This tour is about restoring Ohioans’ faith in our broken political system,” Space said. “There is no better place to highlight the need for political justice than in Appalachian Ohio.”
Zack Space says he is running for Ohio State Auditor to curtail the impact of special interests on government.
“I’m thoroughly convinced our Democratic process, which we cherish and love so much, has been compromised and perverted by the influence of money and by the influence of politcal self interest. The auditor’s office represents a chance to do something about those issues.”
Space, who served as a Democrat in the U.S. House from 2007-2011, is a Dover resident and has since worked as a consultant for non-profits, colleges and oil and gas companies.
STEUBENVILLE — Taking on injustices in redistricting, fighting the influence of money on the political process and governance of the state of Ohio and focusing state resources in an efficient manner to fight opioids are just some of what former congressman Zack Space hopes to do if elected state auditor in 2018.
Space, a Democrat, announced his candidacy in August and is making a swing along the Ohio River counties this week, starting on Monday in Scioto County and making stops at Ironton, Gallipolis, Gloucester, Cambridge, Bellaire and holding a meet-and-greet event at the Ville at the Fort Steuben Mall Wednesday evening.
POMEROY — Democratic candidate for Ohio Auditor Zack Space made a stop in Pomeroy on Wednesday as part of his three-day “Ohio River Tour to Restore.”
Space spoke about the issues with the current political system, including the impact of money in politics.
Space explained his reasons for coming to Southern Ohio and running for Auditor. Announcing his campaign earlier this year in Martins Ferry, Space said that Martins Ferry is much like Pomeroy, Gallipolis and other cities and areas in the region which have been left behind by the current democracy.
BELLAIRE — Zack Space, a Democratic candidate for Ohio auditor, talked with local veterans Wednesday as part of a campaign tour focusing on Appalachian Ohio counties and how he believes he can help the area if elected to office in 2018.
The campaign stop was held at the Belmont County Veterans Services Office in Bellaire, with veterans and other local Democratic Party officials and candidates in attendance. During a roundtable discussion, Space took the time to listen to local veterans and employees of the BCVSO ...
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio — Candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space stopped in Bellaire Wednesday afternoon during his tour along the Ohio River.
Space is finishing his “Ohio River Tour to Restore” beginning in Scioto County three days ago and finishing in Jefferson County Wednesday night. He says it's about creating a fair playing field for everyone throughout Ohio.
"It shouldn't matter what your zip code is, where you live,” Space said. “It's about restoring fundamental principles of democracy."