Jerome Bauer

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Auditor Nicole Galloway laid out contrasting visions for how the state should respond to the coronavirus pandemic and crime rates during a gubernatorial debate on Friday.

While both candidates promised not to raise taxes or defund the police, Galloway and Parson differed on a statewide mask mandate and police reforms. The Missouri Press Association and KOMU 8 hosted the debate, which was rescheduled after Parson tested positive for the coronavirus in late September.