Former Congressman will protect voter rights and ensure a fair redistricting process
Ohio Auditor might be the most under the radar race in the country with the highest impact. The Ohio Auditor sits on the Ohio Redistricting Commission with an equal vote to the Governor. The Auditor has the potential to determine the partisan composition of the Ohio Congressional delegation through 2030. Republicans are betting that you will miss this opportunity, so prove them wrong!
Zack Space is a native of Dover, Ohio with a strong record of representing Ohioans in elected office. Space served two terms in Congress, representing Ohio's 18th District, but lost his bid for a third term to Republican Bob Gibbs in the Tea Party wave year of 2010. During his tenure in Congress, Space championed key issues for rural Southeastern Ohio such as establishing broadband technology access, increasing employment opportunities, and advancing needed infrastructure improvements.
Space was an All-American football player at Kenyon College, where he earned his undergraduate degree. Space earned his JD from The Ohio State University and returned to Dover to practice law -- including working as Public Defender and as Dover’s City Law Director. In 2006, Space was elected to Congress in OH-18 with the largest margin of victory (62-38) in the country for any Democrat in a Republican-held district. Space flipped a seat previously held by Republican Bob Ney, who was later convicted on corruption charges related to the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal.
Space is now running against Republican State Rep. Keith Faber, who authored a bill in 2014 that created deep setback requirements for new wind turbines that essentially halted the expansion of wind energy in Ohio. Faber is also a supporter of ECOT, an online charter school that was forced to shut down in January because of mismanagement and wasting taxpayer money.
Zack Space (D)
Keith Faber (R)
Space: $844,528 cash on hand (as of 8/1)
Faber: $1,000,000 cash on hand (as of 8/1)
The Ohio Auditor's race is decided by a statewide election. Incumbent Republican Dave Yost is term-limited in 2018.
The Ohio Auditor also serves on the state's redistricting commission and will play a significant role in determining district boundaries in 2021. Ohio is one of the nation’s most severely gerrymandered states in favor of Republicans. Major redistricting changes in 2012 removed several Democratic incumbents from the House of Representatives. Republican voters in Ohio represent 57% of the electorate, and the majority of voters supported Democratic candidates for President and U.S. Senate as recently as 2012.