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.
Under Ohio law, the State Auditor sits on the Redistricting Commission to draw state legislative districts after each census. With the national head count coming in 2020, this auditor will have a voice in determining the districts.
Space is opposed to gerrymandering and says he will work to have districts that “serve all Ohioans without regard to political favor.”
He also says he is an advocate for transparency in state government , especially when it pertains to state expenditures. He says that restoring faith in state government starts with “shining a light on the improper influence of pay-to-play politics.”
Space also asserts that he will hold state employees accountable for expending tax payer dollars. One way he claims that he will do this is through “performance audits.” These audits will enable him to determine whether tax dollars are being spent appropriately and effectively.
“Performance audits will protect you and your tax dollars,” he cites.