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In race for Missouri auditor, Democrat hitting the airwaves first

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BRANSON MO NEWS: JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway will launch her first television ad Tuesday in her race to retain the post she was appointed to in 2015.Locked in a race with Republican attorney Saundra McDowell of Jefferson City, Galloway’s first ad, entitled “Words,” is aimed at highlighting her three year tenure as auditor after taking over for the late Tom Schweich.“Waste, fraud, abuse – these aren’t just words to me. These are violations that cheat taxpayers and what I uncover every day as auditor,” the Democrat from Columbia notes.

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In a release, her campaign noted that that she plans to unveil several more ads in the coming weeks heading toward the Nov. 6 election.Galloway campaign spokesman Eric Slusher said the advertising was the largest in a race for Missouri auditor.

Acting Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway spoke to the editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Galloway was appointed state auditor in 2015. She is running for a full term . Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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“This is the result of Galloway’s support from Missourians who want to keep an independent watchdog leading the auditor’s office,” Slusher said.The release of the ad comes less than a week after new questions surfaced about McDowell’s financial history.

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McDowell also has been hit with criticism for not living in Missouri for 10 years, which is a requirement for the auditor’s post. She acknowledged that she didn’t move to the Show-Me State until 2010, but has not answered questions about a lawsuit that appears to show her living in Kansas in 2013.A spokesman for McDowell could not immediately be reached for comment.Galloway earlier ran a digital ad highlighting McDowell’s financial problems.“If McDowell is …



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