Democracy is in danger in the nation that gave it to the rest of the world.
Zack Space, Democratic candidate for state auditor in 2018, said billions of people worldwide now live under a democracy thanks to its founding in the United States.
But today, “I’m firmly and utterly convinced that the democracy we love, we revere, is under threat,” said Space, guest speaker Saturday at a fall luncheon hosted by the Hardin County Democratic Party at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church.
“It’s already been compromised by money,” he said.
Gerrymandering is anti-democratic. It encroaches on some of the most fundamental and basic principles of democracy, 2018 Ohio Auditor candidate Zack Space told Plunderbund in a sit-down interview Friday.
In an act of immense political bravery and honesty, Space is basing his campaign for auditor on speaking the truth against two of the most serious ills plaguing American democracy today: Gerrymandering and the corrupt influence of money in politics. In a series of articles over the next several days, Plunderbund will explore these topics with Space.
Space said the state auditor is the “watchdog” of taxpayers’ money, and pledged to “shine light” on the those who attempt to use tax money for political gain if he is elected to office.
In addition, Space noted the auditor is a member of the state redistricting commission which, every 10 years, sets the boundaries of the state’s political districts. He said the Democratic and Republican parties are both guilty of re-drawing the districts to their own benefit every decade, depending on which is in power at the time.
According to Yost's website, "the Auditor of State's office is responsible for auditing all public offices in Ohio - more than 5,900 entities - including cities, counties, villages, townships, schools, state universities and public libraries as well as all state agencies, boards and commissions."
That is, the auditor gets a look-see at every public agency's books - what's in them, how they're kept, who keeps them. That's a powerful check-and-balance for taxpayers. And it's also a fact-of-life bonus for state auditors: Knowledge really is power. And audits get read - not just by public officials, but by those who want to unseat them,
"The main thing is that since we lost a lot of offices in the next election cycle, we've got to work harder now for all of these people to talk and get things going for the next election cycle that's coming up,” said Chairman Phil Wallace.
In that next election cycle is Zack Space, who recently announced his candidacy for Ohio state auditor. He was the key note speaker for the dinner. He stressed the need to win support in the Ohio Valley.
Zack Space, Dover, a Democratic candidate for Ohio state auditor, visited Defiance Monday afternoon, attending the Defiance County Democratic party dinner. Here, Space talks with Denise Gray, vice chairman of the Defiance County Democratic party ...
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Ohio auditor and secretary of state have a big say in deciding what the Ohio Statehouse looks like. Both positions have a seat on a commission that in 2021 will get its first chance to redraw Ohio's district lines.
That power could draw attention to what otherwise might be considered ho-hum, down-ballot races in 2018. It may not be important to run of the mill voters...
Zack Space was among friends as he officially kicked off his campaign for Ohio state auditor Tuesday at the United Steelworkers Hall in Martins Ferry.
Space, a former congressman from Dover, Ohio, followed his visit to Martins Ferry with a series of campaign stops in Zanesville, East Columbus and Lima. Space, 56, currently works for the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease as a lawyer and consultant, and he works with local governments, charitable organizations and the private sector to “promote economic development across Ohio.”
Lima Ohio -The Democratic Party has added their first candidate to compete against Republican Keith Faber in the race for Ohio’s next State Auditor.
Zack Space traveled to Plumbers and Pipefitters in Lima to formally announce that he will be seeking election in 2018 as Ohio’s State Auditor. The 56-year-old lawyer and consultant has worked for the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease for the past six years. He now hopes to replace the term-limited Republican Dave Yost, who is running for Attorney General in the State of Ohio.
LIMA — While the office of Ohio Auditor may not carry with it the same level of name recognition as a governor or congressional representative, it is an important one with powers that, according to one candidate, can be used for the benefit of Ohioans.
That was the message from Democrat Zack Space, a former congressman who announced his candidacy for state auditor Tuesday at United Association Local 776 in Lima, part of a campaign kickoff tour that also included stops in Martins Ferry, Zanesville and east Columbus.
MARTINS FERRY, Ohio — Ohio native Zack Space announced his candidacy for State Auditor of Ohio. Space is running as a democrat and is from Dover, Ohio so it's no secret that the Ohio Valley is special to him.
He says he decided to announce his candidacy in Martins Ferry because he feels that this area of the Ohio Valley has been left behind economically.
Former U.S. Representative Zack Space made a stop in the Ohio Valley today. he's starting a tour across Ohio to launch his campaign for Ohio Auditor of State. this morning he was in Martins Ferry. space is discussing a variety of issue which including what he says is institutionalized corruption within Ohio's democratic process.
COLUMBUS – Former U.S. Representative Zack Space announced his candidacy today to serve as Ohio’s next Auditor of State during a four-stop statewide tour, starting with an event in Martins Ferry and followed by events in Zanesville, Columbus, and Lima. “Ohioans in every corner of the state know that our democracy is broken,” Space said. “Too many feel left behind and ignored by a dysfunctional process that caters to wealth and privilege.
Former U.S. Representative Zack Space will travel across the state on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to launch his campaign for Ohio Auditor of State.
The tour's first stop will be in Martins Ferry followed by stops in Zanesville, Columbus and Lima.
"Hard-working Ohioans across the state are deeply frustrated by a political process and system of government that are not working for them," Space said. "My mission is to make every Ohioan feel that their voices are heard and that they matter as we work to fix our broken democracy."
COLUMBUS – Former U.S. Representative Zack Space will travel across the state on Tuesday, August 29th to launch his campaign for Ohio Auditor of State. The tour’s first stop will be in Martins Ferry and will be followed by stops in Zanesville, Columbus, and Lima. Space will discuss a variety of issues including institutionalized corruption within Ohio’s democratic process...
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two more Ohio Democrats have filed paperwork to run for statewide office in 2018: former Cincinnati mayoral candidate Rob Richardson Jr. for treasurer and ex-U.S. Rep. Zack Space for state auditor.