State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick won the race Tuesday to be Missouri’s next comptroller, easily defeating former state congressman Alan Green.
With 56% of county reporting, Fitzpatrick, a Republican, a 62% to 34% ahead of Green, a Democrat who previously represented Florissant in the Missouri House of Representatives.
The National Accounting Office, tasked with impartially scrutinizing public spending, is currently the only statewide office held by a Democrat. Acting Comptroller Nicole Galloway ruled don’t look for another term after an unsuccessful 2020 bid for governor.
Fitzpatrick, 35, was named state treasurer by Gov. Mike Parson in 2018 and won a full term in November 2020. He before served in the Missouri House of Representatives, including serving as chairman of the influential House Budget Committee.
In 2003, Fitzpatrick founded MariCorp US, a boat dock manufacturing company, in his hometown of Shell Knob in southwest Missouri. On his Campaign Websitehe vowed to serve with “the same conservative values I learned in my business and applied to my public service.”
Fitzpatrick has previously said that his priorities as an auditor include increasing oversight of the use of federal funds for COVID-19, and Assessing the performance of public schools related to their funding.
He also promised that chartered accountants, according to his campaign website, “keep politically divisive curricula like Critical Race Theory … out of the classroom.” In an interview With the Kansas City Star, Fitzpatrick said curriculum audits inform taxpayers how their money is being spent — which is the auditor’s purview because “this type of curriculum is a waste of taxpayers’ money.”
Fitzpatrick has accepted show no partisan favoritism towards Republican-led government agencies during his tenure as Chairman of the House Budget Committee when he oversaw investigations into GOP Gov. Mike Parson’s administration.
“Anyone who has covered much of the state government during my tenure knows I have no problem knocking over the apple cart.” said Fitzpatrick at the Missouri Press Association debate in September.
Fitzpatrick outperformed Green by a wide margin despite relatively modest overall race expenditures.
Last December, in the run-up to the Republican primary, Fitzpatrick’s campaign received a boost from Republican mega-donor Rex Sinquefield in the form of a $250,000 donation to a political action committee supporting his candidacy.
In the GOP primary Fitzpatrick defeated Rep. David Gregory. Green ran unhindered.
According to her most recent Missouri Ethics Commission files, Fitzpatrick has raised over $850,000, compared to just $24,000 for Green and $15,000 for libertarian John Hartwig Jr.
At the same time in the last auditors’ race in 2018, Democrat Nicole Galloway and her opponent, the Republican, had raised nearly $2.2 million Saundra McDowellhad raised $80,000.
Fitzpatrick had $263,000 left on Oct. 31. During the final quarter of the campaign, July 15 through October 15, Fitzpatrick spent no campaign funds on advertising. Total race spending for all three candidates combined was less than $1 million at the time of the October 31 filings.
The position has sometimes served as a stepping stone to the governorship. Of the 10 auditors elected or appointed to fill a vacancy since 1970, five are running for governor.