Zack Space Endorsed by Ohio Legislative Black Caucus

Zack Space Endorsed by Ohio Legislative Black Caucus

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.”

Space endorsed by teacher unions

Space endorsed by teacher unions

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.”

Former Congressman Turns His Sights on the State Auditor’s Position

Former Congressman Turns His Sights on the State Auditor’s Position

Zack Space, a Democrat and a former four-year Congressman, is now focusing on statewide office with a bid for the State Auditor’s position.

Space in unopposed in the Democratic primary but is slated to run against Republican State Representative Keith Faber in the General Election in November.

There is no incumbent for this seat, the current Auditor, Republican Dave Yost, is barred from running again because of term limits.

Space shared some of his campaign philosophy with WOUB during a recent visit to Athens.

Zack Space guest speaker at Highland County Spring Democratic Dinner

Zack Space guest speaker at Highland County Spring Democratic Dinner

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. 

Washington County Democrats hold dinner

Washington County Democrats hold dinner

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.

Auditor candidate speaks at democratic women’s club

Auditor candidate speaks at democratic women’s club

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.

AFL-CIO backs Space for Auditor

AFL-CIO backs Space for Auditor

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.”

Space Issues Statement on Passage of HB 87

Space Issues Statement on Passage of HB 87

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.

 

Space hoping to restore faith in democratic process

Space hoping to restore faith in democratic process

Zack Space (D-Dover), a former U.S. Representative of Ohio’s 18th Congressional District, is asking for voters to elect him as the next Ohio Auditor of State.

Space said he wants to be Ohio’s watchdog because he is passionate about the issues of gerrymandering and the influence of money in politics.

“It’s the heart of what is wrong in Columbus,” he told The Gazette in a phone interview Monday while driving to Youngstown to campaign. “It’s created a state government that is dysfunctional.”

Ohio’s Constitution created the auditor of state’s office, an independent office ensuring public officials act in the best interests of all Ohioans.

Auditor Candidate Zack Space Talks About the Failure of ECOT Oversight

Auditor Candidate Zack Space Talks About the Failure of ECOT Oversight

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.