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Editorial endorsement: Zack Space offers integrity, leadership

Editorial endorsement: Zack Space offers integrity, leadership

For state auditor, Ohioans will choose between two small-town attorneys — one a veteran Statehouse insider, skilled in partisan politics and the other an idealist with limited political experience and views that aren’t easily categorized.

For the breath of fresh air that is desperately needed in state government, The Dispatch endorses Democrat Zack Space.

State Rep. Keith Faber, his Republican opponent, has long been at the center of a Statehouse culture that has put partisanship and political power ahead of the interests of most Ohioans.

Ohio Auditor Candidate Zack Space Talks NAFTA, Outlines Plan

Ohio Auditor Candidate Zack Space Talks NAFTA, Outlines Plan

Zack Space, a former United States congressman and Democrat nominee for Ohio auditor, on Monday talked about his “Working Families First” plan during a campaign stop at the United Steelworkers Hall in Martins Ferry.

Joining Space to speak during the stop were Ohio Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga and Eran Molz, president of the Upper Ohio Valley Building and Construction Trades.

If elected in November, Space said he wants to position the auditor’s office to become a watchdog for taxpayers’ money. He plans to investigate the impact of NAFTA-era free-trade policies on the state. For example, he plans to do a special audit to measure how job losses related to free trade have impacted revenues for local government funding, along with schools and infrastructure.

Zack Space talks trade deals during stop in Belmont County

Zack Space talks trade deals during stop in Belmont County

MARTINS FERRY, Ohio (WTRF) - Zack Space, a candidate for Ohio State Auditor, was in Martins Ferry Monday.

Space said Ohioans lost more than 250,000 jobs due to bad trade policies in the past 25 years. He believes those trade deals benefited big corporate executives at the expense of working people and their families.

According to Space, the damage goes even beyond that.

"But what a lot of people don't think about and a lot of people don't talk about is the impact that these lost jobs have had on our communities. In the form of lost revenues. In the form of factories that have shut down. And what this means for local government revenues. The amount is staggering but it's unaccounted for. We don't really know the full extent of it," said Candidate for Ohio Auditor, Zack Space.

Labor unions, politicians talk local trade impact in Martins Ferry

Labor unions, politicians talk local trade impact in Martins Ferry

BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio — Several labor unions met in Belmont County to hear from local politicians and candidates in the upcoming election on Monday.

The main topic was the impact of free trade on local communities resulting in lost jobs and less funding ...

"The ability to staff fire and police, ability to fund schools, fix roads, deal with the opioid epidemic, we have all kinds of challenges made worse by policymakers in Columbus,” Space said. “Our general assembly has decided to take more money away from our communities so they can give tax breaks to wealthy Ohioans."

Space is hoping to investigate that and help eastern Ohio as labor unions are seeking change.

Auditor candidate Zack Space decries trade agreements

Auditor candidate Zack Space decries trade agreements

The Ohio auditor doesn’t have much say over international trade, but the Democratic candidate for the office went to hard-hit northeast Ohio on Monday to highlight the toll he says it’s had on the region.

Former Congressman Zack Space of Dover held press conferences in Warren and Martin’s Ferry with other prominent Democrats to unveil his Working Families First Plan. In it, he proposes to bring “the full investigatory power of the auditor’s office to bear in determining just how much corporate globalization and unfair trade deals have impacted working Ohioans and their families.”

Ohio Democrats have been working hard to win back voters in a region that once was rich in coal, steel and manufacturing jobs. After many ditched the party for Donald Trump in 2016, the Democrats kicked off this election cycle last September by holding the first debate of the gubernatorial primary in Martin’s Ferry.

State auditor candidate wants to investigate impact of free trade deals

State auditor candidate wants to investigate impact of free trade deals

WARREN -- Zack Space, the Democratic nominee for state auditor, said if elected he would initiate a policy to investigate the impact free-trade deals have had on working Ohioans and Ohio communities.

Space, who will speak about the plan today at the United Steelworkers Local 1375 Hall in Warren, said: “Unfair trade deals have wreaked havoc upon Ohio workers for a generation now, resulting in hundreds of thousands of direct job losses and depriving our communities of essential tax revenues to fund public schools, infrastructure and essential services like police and fire.”

His proposal would include conducting a special audit to determine how much trade-related job displacement has affected local government revenues as well as an audit of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services as to how it spent federal Trade Adjustment Assistance funds from 1994 to 2018.

OP-ED: Rural Ohioans deserve political reform

OP-ED: Rural Ohioans deserve political reform

In many ways, the greatest strength of Appalachian Ohio has also been our greatest cross to bear. Our beautiful rolling hills are blessed with an abundance of natural resources, which have formed our economic and cultural identity. Over the past 150 years, we have seen our ore quarried, our timber felled, our clay extracted, and our coal mined. And most recently, the Utica and Marcellus shale plays have enabled Appalachian Ohio to produce the cheapest natural gas anywhere in the world.

All of this, which occurred on the backs of our labor and the sweat of our brow, proved central to the United States’ massive growth and its rise to a position of global prominence.

Unfortunately — or perhaps by design — most of the profits generated from the removal of our resources went to wealthy investors, often from outside the region. The generational lack of economic diversity in Appalachia has made us uniquely vulnerable to economic changes outside of our control, with devastating impacts on families in our region.

Democratic candidate Space envisions dynamic approach to state auditor's office

Democratic candidate Space envisions dynamic approach to state auditor's office

MANSFIELD — Zack Space, former U.S. Rep. for Ohio's 18th congressional district, believes the Ohio auditor is uniquely positioned to effect positive change.

If elected this fall in the general election, the Democratic candidate for auditor of state said he hopes to help move Ohio forward by ensuring that public dollars are being spent in accordance with sound accounting principles and not subject to misappropriation or theft.

“I intend to do everything I can to work with those who receive state dollars, local governments in particular, local schools, to help provide the resources and training necessary to prevent problems before they happen,” he said …

“In addition to that, I want to use the powers of this office in a dynamic way to begin to restore faith and confidence in the institution of politics and government by ending gerrymandering and by shining a light on the corruptive influence of money on policy,” he said.

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."

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.”

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.

Democrat Zack Space says as auditor he’d look to limit the role of money in politics

Democrat Zack Space says as auditor he’d look to limit the role of money in politics

“A lot of Ohioans feel left behind in my part of the state, Appalachian Ohio. They are at a competitive disadvantage accessing health care, public education, technology. They don’t see anything being done for them. What they do see is a system that caters to wealth and political greed. They feel left behind because they have been.”

This is true in urban areas as well as in rural area.

That’s where his party needs to focus its attention.

Auditor Candidate Pushes Issues in Race for State Job

Auditor Candidate Pushes Issues in Race for State Job

In what might be a tight race for a less than glamorous job, this November Zack Space will have an opportunity to do what no Democrat has done since 1994 – win an election to the Ohio Auditor of State office.

Space, a former U.S. Representative for the 18th Congressional District – which comprises 16 counties in rural southeastern Ohio – sees the Auditor’s office as an opportunity to influence some key issues in the coming years. The office might not be as glamorous as other statewide positions but its influence is huge now and will expand soon.

Elyria Chronicle-Telegram: Charter schools have earned extra audit

Elyria Chronicle-Telegram: Charter schools have earned extra audit

Zack Space, a former Democratic congressman running for state auditor, is right to want further scrutiny of the failed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow and other for-profit charter schools in the state.

Space announced earlier this week that if he’s elected to the job, he’ll create a specialized task force composed of investigators, auditors and educators to look into whether Ohio taxpayers were ripped off by charter school operators.

He plans to call it the “Stop Charter Abuse and Malfeasance” Special Audit Unit.

Zack Space Proposes Investigative Unit For Charter School Scam

Zack Space Proposes Investigative Unit For Charter School Scam

State auditor candidate Zack Space is detailing his plan to investigate the charter school scandal involving the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

Space says he would create the “Stop Charter Abuse and Malfeasance Unit,” which would investigate how much charter schools overbill taxpayers and how for-profit management companies spend the money.

The Democratic candidate says the unit would also determine if current auditor Dave Yost took the necessary steps to uncover fraud at  ECOT. His goal is that: