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Democrat poised to announce bid for Missouri treasurer

Democrat poised to announce bid for Missouri treasurer

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Vicki Englund talks with VFW commander

In this 2013 file photo, then state Rep. Vicki Englund talks with a VFW official before a ceremony at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Photo by J.B. Forbes,

JEFFERSON CITY — A former state lawmaker says she will seek the Democratic nomination for state treasurer in the 2020 election.

Vicki Englund, who served in the Missouri House for four years, told the Post-Dispatch she will make a formal announcement within the next two weeks.

The post is currently held by former Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, a Shell Knob Republican who was appointed to the statewide office as part of the shake-up of state government in the aftermath of the resignation of former Gov. Eric Greitens and the election of former Attorney General Josh Hawley to the U.S. Senate.

Englund represented House District 85 from 2009 to 2011 and District 94 from 2013 to 2015. She lost to the late Rep. Cloria Brown in 2016 by less than 400 votes.

Englund is a south St. Louis County native, a graduate of Lindbergh High School and of American University in Washington, D.C. She also served on the Lindbergh School Board.

Englund, 45, most recently has been a lobbyist for a company that promotes the use of tax incentives to make homes more energy efficient.

In preparation for her bid, Englund terminated her relationship with the Ygrene Energy Fund, according to records filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Records also show she has not reported raising any money for the race. Fitzpatrick, a former chairman of the powerful House budget committee, reported $175,800 in his campaign account in July.

Fitzpatrick is expected to formally announce his run for a four-year term in October.

Other Democrats seeking statewide office include state Auditor Nicole Galloway for governor and Elad Gross for attorney general.

No Democrats have announced for secretary of state or lieutenant governor, positions which are currently held by Republicans Jay Ashcroft and Mike Kehoe, respectively.

Fitzpatrick was appointed treasurer by Gov. Mike Parson in December 2018 to fill the vacancy created by the elevation of former treasurer Eric Schmitt to attorney general after Hawley wrested the Senate seat from Democrat Claire McCaskill.

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