St. Charles County Democrats honor political, social activist Hoffman

KIRKPATRICK HONOREE: State Senator Gina Walsh (left), master of ceremonies for the St. Charles County Democrats First Capitol Days dinner, presented the James C. Kirkpatrick award to Shelly Buffington Hoffmann, selected for her strong support of Democratic politics, visits to our State Capitol and her work on education issues. – Labor Tribune photo



O’Fallon, MO – Shelly Buffington Hoffmann, a long-time political and social activist, was honored recently at the recent St. Charles County Democratic Central Committee’s First Capitol Days Banquet held at Trigg Banquet Center.

Hoffmann was presented with the James C. Kirkpatrick Award by State Senator Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) and St. Charles County Democrats President Morton Todd for her dedication and hard work for the Labor and Democratic communities.

Hoffmann serves on the Francis Howell Board of Education, is a board member of the St. Charles County Faith Labor Alliance and a former Librarian/Specialist at Francis Howell School District.


This year’s keynote speaker was State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Missouri’s independent watchdog. A native Missourian, Nicole is a CPA, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a working mother of three. She has years of experience in the private sector, as well as a commitment to public service.

Since Galloway was elected in 2015, she has gotten results from every level of government – from city councils to state offices. She has uncovered millions of dollars of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement, saving Missouri taxpayers millions of dollars.

“When Missouri becomes more efficient, we save money, increase our productivity and make our state a better place to live and work,” Galloway said.


Laughlin, who organized the dinner with his wife, Mary Kay, said the annual event is not only an opportunity to network with fellow Democrats, it’s a recruitment tool.

MISSOURI Senator Gina Walsh (left) (Heat and Frost Insulators Local 1), master of ceremonies, introduces Keynote Speaker, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway at the St. Charles County Democrats First Capitol Days banquet. – Labor Tribune photo

“We’re building a great Democratic base here in St. Charles County,” Laughlin said. “And we thank the area unions who supported us by attending or buying ads for the club’s ad book.”

The St. Charles County Democratic Club’s mission is to stimulate in the citizens of St. Charles County  an active interest in political affairs, to increase interest in local, state and national government, to foster and perpetuate the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party and to provide for our citizens, through its administration, the highest degree of party responsibility, justice, economic and social welfare.

Meetings are held the third Monday of the month, presently at the Tri-County Labor Club, 10 Droste Square, St. Charles, MO.  Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

For more information call Pat Lynch 314-303-1413 or Mark Miles 314-913-7662


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