JACKSON - Zack Space, a Democrat who once served Jackson County and the region as a congressman, would now like to represent the entire state as the next state auditor.
Space was the guest speaker at the annual Christmas Dinner of the Jackson County Democratic Party, which was held Friday evening, Dec. 15, at the Jackson Senior Citizens Center as part of a covered-dish dinner. It was his second campaign appearance in Jackson County since he announced his candidacy for state auditor last August. Most recently, he has worked as a principal in a Columbus-based law office of Vorys Advisors, LLC, a subsidiary of the law firm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.
Space, 56, who served as 18th District U.S. congressman from 2007 to 2011, is seeking the seat currently held by Republican Dave Yost, who is term-limited and cannot seek re-election as auditor. Currently, Space is unopposed on the Democratic side while State Representative and former Ohio Senate President Keith Faber is running on the Republican ticket.
Space, who is from the small town of Dover in Eastern Ohio, told the audience of local Democrats that he believes the increasing influence of money and large campaign contributions is having a negative effect on government's connections with the people, particularly those in smaller and less populated areas and communities such as Jackson County.
"These communities are being left behind by your government," Space complained. "They are more concerned about political contributions and their political careers than about the people of Jackson County, Ohio. It's as bad as you think it is. The system is rigged. We need to elect people who will work to bring democracy back to us and give everybody in Ohio - regardless of where they live - a fighting chance."
As state auditor, Space feels he would be in a position to change some things which he feels needs changing, including "the corrupting influence of money" and the need for redistricting reform. As auditor, he would have a seat at the table when legislative lines are redrawn following the 2020 census.
If elected state auditor, Space said he would make it a point to represent not his own political party or any other outside interest or influence, but instead the people, including those in Jackson County.