The former US attorney and Republican from Warson Woods was greeted by a little over a dozen supporters for an informal gathering.
Hanaway, 50, announced her candidacy for governor on Feb. 10. If she is the winner of the 2016 GOP primary, Hanaway will most likely face Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat. Koster, 49, has been raising campaign funds for months, she noted. That is the reason she is currently on the campaign trail.
Koster’s financial disclosure (filed in mid-January) showed a balance of close to $1.6 million.
Hanaway was born in Schuyler, Nebraska and spent her childhood growing up in rural Nebraska and Iowa, and reportedly received a marksman first-class certificate from the NRA in seventh grade.
She volunteered for Republican campaigns in the early 1990s, and later joined Senator Kit Bond’s staff in 1993, and managed Bond’s office’s operations for Northeast Missouri.
Hanaway first ran for elected office in 1998, winning a seat in the Missouri House. In 2000, she managed President Bush’s campaign operations for Missouri. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.