JEFFERSON CITY — Democratic Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway has taken a first, official step toward running for governor next year, setting up a potential challenge to Republican Gov. Mike Parson.

Galloway updated her campaign committee paperwork with the Missouri Ethics Commission to show that she is seeking the governor’s office instead of auditor. The amendment was dated Saturday but received Thursday by the commission and posted Friday on its website.

The move was expected, as Galloway has been building support for a gubernatorial bid for the past several months.

Galloway could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

Parson already has announced a campaign manager for his 2020 race, though neither Parson nor Galloway has yet held a traditional campaign kickoff event.

Galloway was serving as the Boone County treasurer in April 2015 when then-Gov. Jay Nixon appointed her to succeed Republican Tom Schweich as auditor . She defeated Republican Saundra McDowell last year to win a full four-year term . She can remain in office while running for governor.

Galloway is the only Democratic statewide elected official in Missouri.

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