Although she has been in statewide office for more than three years, incumbent Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway faces her first statewide challenger on Nov. 6.

Galloway, a Democrat, was appointed to the auditor seat in April 2015, by then Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon after the suicide of Republican Tom Schweich, who had only been in office since January of that year.

Before being selected as state auditor, Galloway had served as the Boone County treasurer since 2011.

Galloway holds the distinction as the youngest Missouri statewide officeholder. Galloway along with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill are the only females and sole Democrats.

A certified public accountant by trade, Galloway already announced she would be running for the seat as early as summer 2017.

She said the office of auditor is focused on numbers and political affiliation should not play a role.

Galloway did not have an opponent in the August 2018 primary, but in Franklin County she received 6,534 of the total 7,953 total Democratic votes cast.

Galloway is facing off against Republican political newcomer and attorney Saundra McDowell, who did not win the Franklin County primary.

McDowell faced off against three other Republican opponents in the August primary including four-term State Rep. Paul Curtman from Washington.

Although she won statewide, Curtman won his home Franklin County handily defeating McDowell and candidates Kevin Roach and David Wassinger.

Of the total 20,888 Republican ballots cast here, Curtman took 50 percent, or 9,063 votes.

McDowell came in a distant second with 3,742 votes, or 20 percent of the total votes.

Statewide, McDowell received 192,814, or 32 percent of the total votes to Curtman’s 16 percent or, 97,055 total votes.

According to her campaign website, McDowell is the state’s director of enforcement for the securities division of Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office.

As an assistant attorney general, McDowell managed teams of accountants and investigators going after individuals and groups who cheated Missourians.

Before taking that post, she had private law practices in Kansas City and Springfield. She also is a U.S. Air Force veteran.