Missouri House Speaker Richardson preparing to run for state auditor next year, says spokesman

Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson plans to seek the Republican nomination to challenge state Auditor Nicole Galloway next year, setting up a potentially big fight for the last remaining statewide office in Jefferson City held by a Democrat.

A Richardson spokesman confirmed this week that the speaker is preparing to run.

Galloway was appointed to the state auditor post in April 2015 by then-Gov. Jay Nixon, also a Democrat, to fill the vacancy left by the suicide of state Auditor Thomas Schweich, a Republican, two months earlier.

Galloway has said she is running for election to a full four-year term next year.

Newly filed campaign finance records show Galloway had $514,749 on hand as of the end of June. Richardson had $294,248.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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