Space has issues edge in auditor race

Space has issues edge in auditor race

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.

Ohio Auditor's Race Named Priority Target by National Democratic Redistricting Committee

Ohio Auditor's Race Named Priority Target by National Democratic Redistricting Committee

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.

Space releases statement on passage of Senate Joint Resolution 5

Space releases statement on passage of Senate Joint Resolution 5

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.

As ECOT Logs Off, Will Ohio Pols Return Its Campaign Donations?

As ECOT Logs Off, Will Ohio Pols Return Its Campaign Donations?

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.

Space calls out ECOT donation recipients

Space calls out ECOT donation recipients

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.

Zack Space releases statement on shuttering of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow

Zack Space releases statement on shuttering of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow

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.

16 Ohio Mayors endorse Zack Space for Ohio Auditor of State

16 Ohio Mayors endorse Zack Space for Ohio Auditor of State

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.”

Space Says True Victims Of ‘ECOT Farce’ Are Ohio Schoolchildren

Space Says True Victims Of ‘ECOT Farce’ Are Ohio Schoolchildren

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 ...

Ohio Democratic Congressional delegation endorses Zack Space for Ohio Auditor of State

Ohio Democratic Congressional delegation endorses Zack Space for Ohio Auditor of State

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.

Zack Space Announces County Chair Endorsements

Zack Space Announces County Chair Endorsements

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.”