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.
For example, Mr. Faber’s authorship of a last-minute amendment in 2014 that created deep setback requirements for new wind turbines. The legislation stopped the expansion of the wind energy business in Ohio in its tracks.
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."
GALLIA COUNTY — Former U.S. Congressman of Ohio’s 18th congressional district Zack Space visited Gallia County as part of his “Ohio River Tour to Restore” Tuesday in his quest to be elected as Ohio Auditor in 2018.
Space spent a chunk of his morning meeting with area residents at Tudor’s Biscuit World in Gallipolis before visiting with Gallipolis City School District Superintendent Craig Wright at the district’s administrative building and then Gallia County Local Schools Superintendent Jude Meyers at South Gallia School in Mercerville.
Ohio Auditor candidate Zack Space will kick off his 3-day, 11-stop “Ohio River Tour to Restore” in Lucasville on Monday, Nov. 27, followed by stops in Lawrence, Gallia, Meigs, Athens, Washington, Monroe, Belmont, and Jefferson counties.
“This tour is about restoring Ohioans’ faith in our broken political system,” Space said announcing the tour. “There is no better place to highlight the need for political justice than in Appalachian Ohio.”
Space represented all or parts of 14 Appalachian counties during his four years in the United States Congress from 2007 to 2011.
Former United States Congressman Zack Space’s campaign for Ohio Auditor of State today released its first video. The spot is titled “I’m Ready. Are You?”
In a press release announcing the video, Space elaborated on what he’s learned speaking to Ohioans around the state:
“Since I announced my campaign for Auditor of State in August, I’ve traveled tens of thousands of miles and met voters in more than 40 Ohio counties,” Space said. “Everywhere I travel in our state – from Lima to Marietta, Dayton to Parma – I hear from Ohioans who know that our democracy is broken. They know that it’s been corrupted by money, and by the actions of self-interested politicians.
Gerrymandering is anti-democratic and encroaches on some of the most fundamental and basic principles of democracy, 2018 Ohio Auditor candidate Zack Space told The Athens NEWS in a sit-down interview late last month following a meet-and-greet with local Democrats.
Space represented Ohio’s 18th U.S. Congressional District for two terms from 2007 to 2011, including Trimble, Dover, York and Waterloo townships in Athens County.
The Ohio Auditor is one of three statewide officers who sit at the redistricting table following the U.S. Census every 10 years. The others are the Ohio secretary of state and Ohio governor. Whoever wins these seats in 2018 will get to help decide how the lines are drawn after the 2020 Census.
Democracy is in danger in the nation that gave it to the rest of the world.
Zack Space, Democratic candidate for state auditor in 2018, said billions of people worldwide now live under a democracy thanks to its founding in the United States.
But today, “I’m firmly and utterly convinced that the democracy we love, we revere, is under threat,” said Space, guest speaker Saturday at a fall luncheon hosted by the Hardin County Democratic Party at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church.
“It’s already been compromised by money,” he said.
Gerrymandering is anti-democratic. It encroaches on some of the most fundamental and basic principles of democracy, 2018 Ohio Auditor candidate Zack Space told Plunderbund in a sit-down interview Friday.
In an act of immense political bravery and honesty, Space is basing his campaign for auditor on speaking the truth against two of the most serious ills plaguing American democracy today: Gerrymandering and the corrupt influence of money in politics. In a series of articles over the next several days, Plunderbund will explore these topics with Space.
Space said the state auditor is the “watchdog” of taxpayers’ money, and pledged to “shine light” on the those who attempt to use tax money for political gain if he is elected to office.
In addition, Space noted the auditor is a member of the state redistricting commission which, every 10 years, sets the boundaries of the state’s political districts. He said the Democratic and Republican parties are both guilty of re-drawing the districts to their own benefit every decade, depending on which is in power at the time.
According to Yost's website, "the Auditor of State's office is responsible for auditing all public offices in Ohio - more than 5,900 entities - including cities, counties, villages, townships, schools, state universities and public libraries as well as all state agencies, boards and commissions."
That is, the auditor gets a look-see at every public agency's books - what's in them, how they're kept, who keeps them. That's a powerful check-and-balance for taxpayers. And it's also a fact-of-life bonus for state auditors: Knowledge really is power. And audits get read - not just by public officials, but by those who want to unseat them,
"The main thing is that since we lost a lot of offices in the next election cycle, we've got to work harder now for all of these people to talk and get things going for the next election cycle that's coming up,” said Chairman Phil Wallace.
In that next election cycle is Zack Space, who recently announced his candidacy for Ohio state auditor. He was the key note speaker for the dinner. He stressed the need to win support in the Ohio Valley.
Zack Space, Dover, a Democratic candidate for Ohio state auditor, visited Defiance Monday afternoon, attending the Defiance County Democratic party dinner. Here, Space talks with Denise Gray, vice chairman of the Defiance County Democratic party ...
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Ohio auditor and secretary of state have a big say in deciding what the Ohio Statehouse looks like. Both positions have a seat on a commission that in 2021 will get its first chance to redraw Ohio's district lines.
That power could draw attention to what otherwise might be considered ho-hum, down-ballot races in 2018. It may not be important to run of the mill voters...