Candidate for Ohio Auditor of State to highlight systemic issues of political justice during stops in nine Ohio River counties
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.
“A state government consumed by the need to raise campaign cash and rig legislative districts has neither the time nor inclination to tackle the unique challenges that we face in rural southeastern Ohio,” Space said.
Space’s campaign for Auditor of State is focused on highlighting the injustices associated with America’s broken political system and about returning the fundamental principles of our democracy to the people of Ohio, where it belongs, he said.
“Communities along the Ohio River have been particularly harmed by a democratic process that is compromised by the corrupting influence of money and by political self-interest,” Space said. “This failed process has, for generations, left Appalachian Ohioans with poor access to quality public schools and healthcare, declining infrastructure, and numerous appalling examples of political gerrymandering.”
On Monday, Nov. 27, Space will stop in Lucasville for a press conference highlighting the gerrymandering of Southern Ohio Correctional Facility into Ohio’s 6th Congressional District, and then in Ironton for a Monday Night Football watch party and meet and greet.
On Tuesday morning, Space will hold a meet and greet at Tudor’s Biscuits in Gallipolis before meeting with local school district superintendents to discuss education in rural Ohio. Later in the day Space will hold a press conference in Pomeroy to highlight community solutions to inequality, and then move on to Glouster where he will highlight the use of Trimble Township as a land bridge in the gerrymandering of Ohio’s 20th Ohio Senate district.
Space will tour the Nelsonville Food Cupboard in Nelsonville Tuesday afternoon, before holding a meet and greet with Washington County residents in Belpre Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday morning, Space will highlight the gerrymandering of the city of Marietta at the barrier between Ohio House Districts 94 and 95. He will then move on to Woodsfield for an interview with the Monroe County Beacon, before holding a roundtable discussion in Bellaire on veterans’ issues and the power of the Ohio Auditor’s office to strengthen programs for veterans.
Finally, Space will visit Steubenville for a meet and greet with Jefferson County progressives.