Joe Biden, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate, has endorsed Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway in the race for governor.
Galloway, 38, is a longtime friend of Labor and the only Democrat serving in a statewide elected office. The state auditor, who also has been endorsed by the Missouri AFL-CIO, is hoping to unseat Republican Gov. Mike Parson in the Nov 3 general election.
Galloway’s campaign announced the endorsement on Monday with a statement from Biden.
PROVEN CHAMPION FOR WORKING FAMILIES
“State Auditor Nicole Galloway is a proven champion for Missouri’s working families — crossing the aisle to deliver results,” Biden said. “As auditor, she worked to bring transparency to state government and hold politicians accountable to the people, uncovering millions of dollars in waste and fraudulent spending.
“I am proud to endorse Nicole for Governor, and know she will continue to fight for access to affordable, quality health care, improving public schools and bringing good-paying jobs to the state.”
HONORED TO HAVE HIS SUPPORT
“Vice President Joe Biden was a key part of the team that expanded healthcare to millions of Americans and brought our country back the last time we were on the brink of an economic disaster,” Galloway stated. “I can’t think of a leader who is better suited for this moment and I am honored to have his support in this race.
“Next year, we’ll work together to lower prescription drug costs, expand access to healthcare and put Missouri back on the path to economic recovery.”
A certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner, Galloway, was appointed as state auditor of Missouri by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2015, following the death of Tom Schweich and won election, with the endorsement of Labor, to a four-year term in 2018.
Galloway comes from a union family. Her great grandfather worked on the Gateway Arch as a member of Operating Engineers Local 513, and she has numerous uncles, cousins and other family members who are also members of Local 513.
She was honored in 2018 with a Leadership Award from the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council and spoke at last weekend’s virtual Democratic Truman Dinner fundraiser.