Galloway and Parson file for governor's race, disagree on Medicaid
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson and Auditor Nicole Galloway filed to run for governor on Tuesday.
It was the first day of filing for candidates to be on the August 4 primary election ballot.
Galloway and Parson both outlined their agendas, which differ greatly despite some surface-level similarities.
"Infrastructure, support for education and addressing the rising cost of healthcare, when I am governor, those are the things I'm going to focus on," Galloway said.
Parson echoed a similar prioritization of healthcare.
"The economy right now, we just need to keep pushing that forward, and we need to make sure we're taking up healthcare for a lot of people across the state," he said.
One of Galloway's core positions is supporting Medicaid expansion in the state. Galloway and other Democrats have been extraordinarily vocal about their frustration with children being removed from the Medicaid rolls and the inability of many Missourians to access affordable healthcare.
"Over 200,000 working Missourians can not get access to health insurance for the healthcare they need, and they are one emergency away from bankrupting themselves and their families," Galloway said. "We should not have to settle for this."
Parson strongly disagreed and maintained his position opposing Medicaid expansion.
"We're gonna differ on the Medicaid expansion," he said. "Look, this system was broke. I don't think anybody denies that it wasn't working right. So why would we ever expand something that's not fixed, that's broken?"
Parson said he thinks Missouri voters will consider more than just one issue when the head to the polls in November.
"I don't know that anybody's out there as a one-issue voter anymore," he said. "At the end of the day, what matters to most people, do I have a better way of life than I did 4 or 5 years ago? That's how people's gonna vote."
Galloway said she thinks her record as state auditor will cause people to consider casting their vote for her.
"My agenda is not a Republican agenda or a Democratic agenda," she said. "It is the values and the priorities that we have here in Missouri for everyday families, and I have gotten results in my time as auditor."
This is Galloway's first campaign for the highest office in the state. She has been the auditor since former Governor Jay Nixon appointed her in 2015. Before that, she was the Boone County Treasurer.
This is not Parson's first campaign for the governor's office. In April 2015, he announced his candidacy before switching to the Lieutenant Governor's race in July of the same year. However, he noted this will most likely be his last time running for governor. Although he has been Missouri's governor since former Governor Eric Greitens stepped down in June 2018, Parson is still eligible to hold the office for two full terms. But he said that's not in his plans.
"I don't see that in my future," he said. "I've been very blessed to have the career I've had … I've been around long enough, you know, never say never, but I'd say the First Lady might say never."
Candidates have until March 31 to file their candidacy. All candidates who filed on Tuesday drew a random number to determine the order in which they will appear on the ballot. Candidates who file after Tuesday will be placed on the ballot in the order in which they filed.