State treasurer candidate Pat Contreras has taken the lead in endorsements among all down-ballot candidates vying for Democratic nominations.
Contreras, 35, now has endorsements from 75 elected officials from around the state and 45 Democratic, labor and pro-choice organizations. He secured the endorsement of retiring Rep. Genise Montecillo, D-Marlborough, on Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to have struck a nerve across Missouri where people are saying we want accountability and opportunity in financial sectors,” Contreras said.
The treasurer’s office is not his first run at public service. The former diplomat and economist served in the State Department under the Bush and Obama administrations. There he helped American businesses grow and build ties to foreign markets.
The first-time candidate is generating support through a platform to improve community access to traditional banking, to stop predatory lending practices and to build awareness for the 529 MOST college savings plan.
Contreras grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University in New York. He began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City where he worked to devise strategies to help the unbanked population.