Auditor Candidate Pushes Issues in Race for State Job

Auditor Candidate Pushes Issues in Race for State Job

In what might be a tight race for a less than glamorous job, this November Zack Space will have an opportunity to do what no Democrat has done since 1994 – win an election to the Ohio Auditor of State office.

Space, a former U.S. Representative for the 18th Congressional District – which comprises 16 counties in rural southeastern Ohio – sees the Auditor’s office as an opportunity to influence some key issues in the coming years. The office might not be as glamorous as other statewide positions but its influence is huge now and will expand soon.

Elyria Chronicle-Telegram: Charter schools have earned extra audit

Elyria Chronicle-Telegram: Charter schools have earned extra audit

Zack Space, a former Democratic congressman running for state auditor, is right to want further scrutiny of the failed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow and other for-profit charter schools in the state.

Space announced earlier this week that if he’s elected to the job, he’ll create a specialized task force composed of investigators, auditors and educators to look into whether Ohio taxpayers were ripped off by charter school operators.

He plans to call it the “Stop Charter Abuse and Malfeasance” Special Audit Unit.

Zack Space Proposes Investigative Unit For Charter School Scam

Zack Space Proposes Investigative Unit For Charter School Scam

State auditor candidate Zack Space is detailing his plan to investigate the charter school scandal involving the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

Space says he would create the “Stop Charter Abuse and Malfeasance Unit,” which would investigate how much charter schools overbill taxpayers and how for-profit management companies spend the money.

The Democratic candidate says the unit would also determine if current auditor Dave Yost took the necessary steps to uncover fraud at  ECOT. His goal is that:

Auditor candidate proposes audit of all for-profit charter schools

Auditor candidate proposes audit of all for-profit charter schools

Democratic auditor candidate Zack Space says that if elected, he’ll audit all of Ohio’s for-profit charter schools and that he’ll take a thorough look back at the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow — a politically connected operation that collapsed in a wave of scandal earlier this year.

Space, a former congressman from Dover, plans to create a Stop Charter Abuse and Malfeasance, or “SCAM,” Unit.

“The for-profit charter school scam is the largest political scandal in Ohio’s history, affecting all 88 Ohio counties and virtually every single taxpayer,” Space said in a written statement.

State auditor candidate makes campaign stop

State auditor candidate makes campaign stop

FINDLAY -- Democratic state auditor candidate Zack Space on Tuesday portrayed his Republican opponent, Keith Faber, as too cozy with money interests to become the state’s chief financial watchdog.

Faber has received a lot of campaign contributions from the now-bankrupt, scandal-ridden online charter school ECOT (Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow), Space said during a campaign stop in Findlay.

Years ago, a bill came before the Ohio Senate to correct attendance reporting problems with charter schools. Faber, Senate president at the time, should have assigned the bill to the Senate’s Education Committee, Space said.

State Auditor Candidate Campaigns In Findlay

State Auditor Candidate Campaigns In Findlay

Democratic candidate for state auditor Zack Space was in Findlay Tuesday to talk about his campaign. Space said that his Republican counterpart Keith Faber is too cozy with money interests to serve the state as the auditor.

Space said that this cost public schools over 80 million dollars that went to the now-bankrupt ECOT.

Space added that he wants to use the position to help address the opioid epidemic.

Space Focuses on Forgotten Ohioans

Space Focuses on Forgotten Ohioans

Ohio auditor candidate Zack Space (D-Dover) came to Russell Township May 17 to talk about his race, as well as the role of the state auditor.

Speaking to a small crowd at the May 17 Geauga County Democratic Party “Spaghetti with a Hot Topic” event, Space said a lot of people in Ohio are disillusioned, disappointed and frustrated with politics.

“The feeling of having been left behind is real and justified,” Space said.

He told the group his grandparents came to the United States from Greece to escape Turkish occupation, and because of the opportunities America offered. The public needs to have an “honest conversation” about what has happened to those opportunities, he said.

Zack Space Consolidates Union Labor Support Across Ohio

Zack Space Consolidates Union Labor Support Across Ohio

COLUMBUS -- Former U.S. Congressman Zack Space last week received the endorsements of the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters, the Ohio State Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in his campaign for Auditor of State. Together, these labor unions represent tens of thousands of workers across Ohio.

Space also delivered remarks to union members at rallies in Youngstown and Marietta during last week’s “Take Back Ohio” tour, organized by the Ohio AFL-CIO.

“For generations, Ohioans could count on labor unions for good jobs, decent wages, and the ability to retire with dignity. Union jobs have propelled millions of people into the middle-class, yet ideological politicians like my opponent Keith Faber would rather curtail bargaining power than allow this prosperity to continue.

State auditor candidate Zack Space blasts Faber over ECOT

State auditor candidate Zack Space blasts Faber over ECOT

COLUMBUS – Former U.S. Congressman and Democratic candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space has released the following statement after PolitiFact determined that Republican nominee for Auditor of State Keith Faber misled Ohioans with a statement that claimed Faber helped shut down ECOT.

“Keith Faber has spent decades in the Ohio Legislature enabling the for-profit charter school industry and abetting the ECOT scam – the biggest political scandal in Ohio history. Faber had 18 years as a legislator, including four years as Senate president, to tighten accountability, increase oversight and protect Ohio taxpayers from ECOT’s fraudulent activity.

Space responds to release of state auditor’s ECOT Audit

Space responds to release of state auditor’s ECOT Audit

Former U.S. Congressman and Democratic nominee for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space released the following statement today after Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s audit of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) became public. 

Yost also announced that he will donate the $29,395 he accepted from ECOT founder Bill Lager to charities in central Ohio.

“Auditor Yost deserves no credit for his long overdue audit of ECOT, which simply corroborates the allegations of criminal conduct made by a whistleblower over a year ago,” Space said in a news release to The Highland County Press.