Everything from ECOT to Trump colors Ohio auditor race

Everything from ECOT to Trump colors Ohio auditor race

The race for state auditor is not typically the stuff of political lore.

But this year’s fight in Ohio features candidates with starkly different visions for the job. Also, they’re running against the backdrop of a massive scandal. And, as with so many races on the ballot Nov. 6, the polarizing presence of Donald Trump in the White House will factor into voters’ pick to run an office tasked with reviewing the performance of government agencies and keeping tabs on how they spend their money.

Ohio Democrats have been largely out of power this decade, but a number of scandals buffeting Capitol Square have them hopeful that will change this year. Zack Space, a former Democratic congressman from Dover sees that as an opportunity to broaden the mission of the auditor’s office to address what he believes are the big ills of our time.

Space visits food bank, highlights working poor

Space visits food bank, highlights working poor

LIMA — Ohio Auditor Democratic candidate Zack Space visited the West Ohio Food Bank as part of his statewide campaign to highlight inequalities he says are a result of a political system catering to “pay-to-play” lobbyists.

Space said many who qualify for food assistance are working poor who may work one or two jobs, but low wages kept low by corporate interests influencing Ohio’s politics keep them being able to purchase quality food. Roughly 60 people visited the food bank Thursday for distribution of fresh produce.

“Millions of qualified are working poor. Many of them are having a difficult time putting food on the table,” Space said. “Our experience has taught us (food banks) are never enough, and the demand seems to be growing.”

Candidate for state auditor Zack Space visits Lima

Candidate for state auditor Zack Space visits Lima

The Democratic candidate for the state auditor's office spent his day talking to people around Lima.

Former congressman Zack Space spoke to the Allen County Democratic Women about the state of politics in 2018. He also talked about what he sees as key issues in the race like gerrymandering and the influence of money in Ohio politics. He says he would like to see a return of focus on the people in Ohio rather than party politics.

"Too many Ohioans have been left behind by a political process that cares more about corporate wealth, cares more about political ambition than it does about the average Ohioan," says Space. "My campaign is all about making sure that everybody matters, everybody counts. That's the true hallmark of democracy."

Keith Faber Won’t Stop Lying About ECOT

Keith Faber Won’t Stop Lying About ECOT

COLUMBUS -- Keith Faber continues to mislead Ohio voters and the media about his long history of abetting Ohio’s for-profit charter school scam -- the biggest political scandal in state history -- which has bilked at least $80 million from Ohio taxpayers.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) acted lawfully when it ordered online for-profit charter school ECOT to repay tens of millions of dollars for unverified student enrollment. Hours later, Keith Faber claimed in the Columbus Dispatch that ODE has had the “long-standing authority to crack down on ECOT,” and that the “Department and Republican leadership properly used this authority leading to the closure of ECOT” -- both brazenly untrue statements.

Zack Space applauds Ohio Supreme Court’s ECOT ruling

Zack Space applauds Ohio Supreme Court’s ECOT ruling

COLUMBUS – Former U.S. Congressman and Democratic nominee for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space has released the following statement following today's Ohio Supreme Court’s 4-2 decision to uphold lower court rulings that the state acted lawfully when it ordered failed for-profit charter school ECOT to repay tens of millions of dollars for unverified student enrollment.

“The for-profit charter school scam is the biggest political scandal in Ohio’s history," Space said.

"This scam – which bilked Ohio taxpayers out of at least $80 million – was perpetrated by unscrupulous and profiteering corporate executives, and abetted by the self-interested politicians they purchased with campaign contributions.”

Ohio Auditor candidate says public has ‘lost confidence’ in politics, government

Ohio Auditor candidate says public has ‘lost confidence’ in politics, government

The Democratic candidate for Ohio auditor says people have “rightfully lost confidence and faith” in the political process and government — and “the insidious impact of money on policy is something the auditor is in position to call out.”

“The most important difference between me and everybody else is that I’m really focused on one issue, one general issue and it has to do with process,” said candidate Zack Space in an exclusive interview with the Journal-News.

Space said when people lose faith and confidence in the democratic process, “they are more likely to turn to authoritarian figures, and to do things we may not like the end result of.”

Zack Space Breaks Auditor’s Race Record for July Fundraising Period

Zack Space Breaks Auditor’s Race Record for July Fundraising Period

COLUMBUS -- Democratic nominee for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space today reported raising $239,331.25 during the July fundraising period from June 16 to August 3. Space’s July report is his second record-breaking filing this election cycle, and marks the fourth consecutive fundraising period in which Space has outraised Republican nominee for Auditor Keith Faber.

“Ohioans are ready to fix their broken political system, and our record-breaking fundraising numbers are there to prove it,” said Zack Space for Ohio Campaign Manager Matt Hennessey. “Zack shares the deep frustration Ohio voters feel towards their rigged political process, which for too long has been controlled by entrenched corporate interests, the wealthy donor class, and self-interested career politicians like Keith Faber.”

Obama Endorses Dozens of Democrats, Rewarding Diversity and Loyalty

Obama Endorses Dozens of Democrats, Rewarding Diversity and Loyalty

Former President Barack Obama took a public step back into the electoral arena on Wednesday, issuing a slate of 81 endorsements for Democrats running in the 2018 elections and giving his stamp of approval to more than a dozen veterans of his administration and election campaigns who are seeking office in their own right.

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But Mr. Obama also extended his political blessing to Democrats running far down the ballot, backing legislative candidates in states such as North Carolina and Texas, as well as Democrats running for relatively low-profile offices, including secretary of agriculture in Iowa, state auditor in Ohio and lieutenant governor in California and Illinois.

Zack Space Will Fix Our Gerrymandered Districts

Zack Space Will Fix Our Gerrymandered Districts

Gerrymandering is a huge issue in Ohio… in fact, our state has one of the most polarized maps in the country, meaning the voices and votes of our communities go largely unheard. At the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund PAC, we believe a fair democracy is the first step toward a fair vote on the issues we care about most, including environment, which is why we need a fair Auditor of State who will be a leader on redrawing our district lines in a more accurate way.

Space has made redistricting a top priority and will serve on the redistricting commission to draw better districts for the 2022 election cycle and beyond. As a former Public Defender and Congressman, Space has seen first-hand what redistricting does to a community, especially one that is underserved.

Guest Column: Why The Auditor's Race Matters

Guest Column: Why The Auditor's Race Matters

Down in Athens County, not far from the Ohio River and West Virginia border, lies the site of an old, abandoned mine.

If you know where to look, eventually you’ll find it, marked solemnly by a tall historical marker. A ghostly brick smokestack stretches from the Appalachian woods, reaching several stories into the sky.

87 years ago, 82 men were killed when an explosion in that very mine triggered its collapse. The Millfield Mine Disaster, as its known, remains the worst mining disaster in Ohio history.