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St. Louis County Republican exploring run for statewide office

St. Louis County Republican exploring run for statewide office

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JEFFERSON CITY — A Sunset Hills Republican filed paperwork with state ethics regulators last week to explore a run for statewide office.

Though the filing doesn’t make clear which office state Rep. David Gregory is exploring, or which year he might run, the next general election is in November 2022 and the only statewide office in Jefferson City up for grabs that year is state auditor.

David Gregory

State Rep. David Gregory, R-south St. Louis County

Gregory did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

The attorney was first elected to the 96th House District in 2016 and won election to his third term this month, beating Democrat Erica Hoffman.

In recent months, he has made headline-grabbing efforts that have increased his exposure to local television viewers.

Gregory represented the Church of the Word in Fenton in a federal lawsuit taking aim at St. Louis County’s COVID-19 restrictions.

The day before the lawsuit was filed, on May 19, Gregory’s political action committee, the Show Me Growth PAC, made a $5,000 contribution to the Church of the Word.

The treasurer of the PAC said that Gregory wasn’t paid for his legal work on the case, and Gregory has not responded to calls seeking comment.

Court records show Gregory voluntarily dismissed the case June 2.

This week, Gregory told KTVI (Channel 2) that he intends to file legislation that would limit the authority of local health officials.

Gregory earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting, master’s in business administration and a law degree from St. Louis University, according to his website.

In the House, he is the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

If he ran for auditor, he would need to survive a potentially crowded Republican primary. State Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, R-Arnold, has said she would consider a statewide run. She has yet to update her campaign paperwork following the election.

If Gregory won, he could face incumbent State Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, in the general election, should she choose to run for another four-year term.

Galloway lost to Gov. Mike Parson in the November election for governor by a 17-point margin.

She said in her concession speech that she was “not going anywhere, Missouri.” Galloway has yet to update her campaign paperwork to indicate whether she will seek office in two years.

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