State Auditor Nicole Galloway has made it official. She is running for Governor of Missouri against incumbent Mike Parson.

As a challenging Democrat she will be the underdog against the incumbent Republican, but as state auditor she has potentially the ideal official launching venue. It is the official business of the state auditor to find troubles in incumbent administrations at all state levels from governor on down, giving her an imprimatur for continual criticism and a way to remain in the news. She can run for governor without giving up her position as auditor. Even if she loses against Parson, she will have had a chance to make herself known to voters as only a statewide campaign at the highest level can provide.

But more than that, Galloway has been a very good auditor. Plucked from political obscurity by Gov. Jay Nixon, first to fill the office of Boone County Treasurer when incumbent Jan Fugit died, then to become state auditor when incumbent Tom Schweich took his own life, Galloway has been active in the office, convincing statewide voters to give her a full term last November, making her the only statewide Democrat office holder.

But since Republican Gov. Eric Greitens disgraced himself and retired from office, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson has become a more popular successor. At a time when Republicans have generally been able to win statewide elections, Democrat Galloway will have her hands full, but already she points to potentially effective ways she will attack Parson on Republican efforts to undermine abortion choice and his effort to undo a popular constitutional amendment reining in lobbyist gifts and reforming legislative redistricting. Parson supported a failed legislative effort to overturn these public votes.

Voters can expect an active gubernatorial campaign in 2020, another example of good government on display.

HJW III

hjwatersiii@gmail.com

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