The Daily Sentinel
OHIO VALLEY — For Auditor of State, residents will be choosing between Keith Faber (R-Celina) or Zack Space (D-Dover) from the two major parties. There’s also a third party candidate on the ballot, Robert Coogan, a libertarian
Responses submitted by Faber and Space to Ohio Valley Publishing, are listed below in alphabetical order.
Tell us about yourself
I was the youngest of four children raised by a single mother. I got my first job at the age of 12, sweeping floors and cleaning toilets for a local business. I was the first in my family to go to college, then law school. I met my wife of 22 years, Andrea, in Celina, where I live with her and our two children, Adam and Brooke. Celina is also where I work, operating my own law firm that specializes in mediation
My entire legislative career has focused on making our state government more efficient, effective, and transparent. That’s why I am running for Auditor now – to make our state government work better, faster, and cheaper. I am the most qualified candidate running – that is why the Ohio Society of CPAs unanimously endorsed me and why I have been endorsed by the last 4 state auditors to hold the job.
Why I decided to run for this office?
My entire legislative career has focused on making state government more efficient, effective, and transparent. I was a part of the Senate leadership that worked with Governor Kasich to cut taxes by almost $5 billion. I drafted the Common-Sense Initiative that has dramatically reduced new regulations. I worked on taking Ohio from an $8 billion deficit to a $2 billion surplus and taking our rainy -day fund from $0.89 to $2.7 Billion. Ohio is doing better, but better is still not good enough.
I’m running for Auditor now because it is the one office responsible for oversight in state government and protecting the taxpayers. The Auditor is responsible for catching government officials, lying, cheating, or stealing. I have been a prosecutor and I will put public officials, regardless of party, betraying the public trust in jail. I am not going to Columbus to make friends, I am going to Columbus to make the lives of Ohioans, from Lake Erie to the Ohio River, better.
An Auditor that wants to see government work quicker, better, and cheaper for the taxpayers has tremendous power to whip government into shape. That is what I plan to do.