Missouri treasurer, GOP lawmaker launch campaigns for 2022 state auditor race
Missouri's treasurer and a St. Louis lawmaker will both run for state auditor next year, they announced in recent weeks, the first two to join the race.
Scott Fitzpatrick, who has served as treasurer since 2019, and Rep. David Gregory, a third-term St. Louis County lawmaker, will both pursue the Republican nomination for the office. They'll aim to succeed Nicole Galloway, the only Democrat in statewide office, who announced she would not run for re-election in 2022.
The role of state auditor can be likened to a government watchdog, reviewing government spending and investigating claims of fraud and corruption. Fitzpatrick, in his campaign announcement video, touted his "business and budget experience" as the founder of a boat dock repair firm, former House budget chair and treasurer. Gregory pledged to fight the "woke left" on issues such as police, gun control and immigration, emphasizing his work as an attorney and accountant.
Fitzpatrick was appointed to his current role by Gov. Mike Parson in 2019. He filled a vacancy left by Eric Schmitt, Parson's attorney general appointee to succeed Josh Hawley after he was elected to the U.S. Senate. Schmitt, a Republican, is also running for Senate. Fitzpatrick handily won a full four-year term in 2020, defeating Democrat Vicky Englund by 31 percentage points, and is eligible to run for another term as treasurer in 2024.
Gregory currently represents a region of south St. Louis County in the House, where he chairs the Special Committee on Government Accountability. He was first elected to the House in 2016.
As of July 31, Gregory had $106,904.94 of campaign cash on hand and Fitzpatrick had $100,934.93, according to filings with the Missouri Ethics Commission. Fitzpatrick cut a check for $250,000 to his own campaign committee the day before announcing his candidacy, the Missouri Independent reported.
The office has been held by Galloway since 2015. The Democrat, who was defeated by Parson in the election for governor last year, said in June she would step away from political office. She called serving as auditor "the honor of (her) life." No Democrats had announced campaigns for auditor as of Monday.