WHO'S ON THE BALLOT: Taylor Sappington for State Auditor by Morgan Young

It's time to learn about the candidates on the November 08 ballot. This is a BIG election that will affect our daily lives. Meet Taylor Sappington, candidate for State Auditor.

I love a good underdog story, like Taylor Sappington 's. He is the Democratic candidate for State Auditor in the November 08 Ohio General Election. He grew up financially struggling with a single mother in a mobile home in Appalachia, Ohio. He says what drives him is that he “was taught that public service is the right thing to do.” It’s at the core of who he is. And it’s a sentiment he believes has been lost and needs to be revived.

Now, Sappington is the City Auditor for Nelsonville. When he took the position, the city was in financial crisis. Sappington recognized disparities in payroll and direct deposit forms and began an investigation leading to the city’s largest theft and fraud bust ever. Nelsonville not only recovered, but is currently experiencing an economic surplus.

Sappington also had a major impact on the community when he challenged their 2020 Census count, restoring Nelsonville from village to city status, saving designated state and federal infrastructure dollars and directly impacting the city’s workers’ ability to unionize.

Meanwhile, Sappington says his opponent, incumbent Keith Faber, has done little to investigate the FirstEnergy scandal or Governor Mike DeWine and other members of the Republican Party.

As State Auditor, Sappington would also sit on the Ohio Redistricting Commission. Five out of seven of the members currently on that commission are Republicans, and the gerrymandered voting maps they have created have been ruled unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court twice, specifically for favoring the Republican Party.

Sappington is Ohio’s first open LGBTQ+ candidate for a statewide position. Before becoming City Auditor, he served four years on the Nelsonville City Council, beginning his term as a college undergraduate. And though, as a restaurant server, he narrowly lost a run for State Representative, his campaigning did earn him an endorsement from President Obama and a feature in the New York Times.

Sappington is endorsed by unions that include the UAW, IBEW, AFL-CIO, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, and Columbus Firefighters.

Sappington holds a Master of Public Administration from Ohio University and a Bachelors in Political Science and Government. He studied Conflict Resolution at Tel Aviv University and International Affairs and International and Domestic Politics at George Washington University.


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About the State Auditor Position: The auditor’s office has over 800 employees and is responsible for auditing the books of more than 5,900 public offices in Ohio - including cities, counties, townships, villages, school districts, state universities, public libraries, and a host of state boards and commissions.

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