KDP Weekly Rundown #18

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – the Kansas Democratic Party’s update of the biggest things going on in the state party and the state government. What are we focused on this week? Our new executive director, cabinet appointments, and more!

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  • What’s happening?

We’re excited to announce Ben Meers as our next executive director! Meers has worked on campaigns at nearly every level, from presidential to mayoral. Most recently, he was campaign manager for Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego’s successful 2018 campaign. “I am honored to join the Kansas Dems,” Meers said. “I have dedicated my career to politics and spent my career championing issues central to Democrats. The KDP fights for the best interests of Kansas families, workers, and communities, and I am thankful for the opportunity to join this effort. I’m excited to get to work with the KDP’s exceptional staff and help elect more Democrats across the state.”

DEMOFEST KEYNOTE SPEAKER ANNOUNCED

  • What’s happening?

New York Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Grace Meng will keynote the Demofest 2019 banquet! Join us in Wichita on Aug. 9-10 for Demofest! Click here to purchase tickets and to view the schedule.

VICTORY 2020 RECEPTION

  • What’s happening?

Our Victory 2020 reception with Rep. Sharice Davids is this Monday! The event will be held in Overland Park and starts at 6 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

2020 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

  • What’s happening?

KDP Chair Vicki Hiatt and outgoing Executive Director Ethan Corson were featured on the Capitol Insider podcast this week! They discussed our party-run 2020 Presidential primary and why we changed from the caucus format. “There was a pretty overwhelming sense that the caucus setting — of having to drive for hours in some cases, stand around in a gym for three to four hours — people weren’t really happy with that,” Hiatt said. “They were happy to get rid of it.”

LOCAL ELECTIONS

  • What’s happening?

Advance voting for municipal primaries began on Wedneday! You can still apply for your advance ballot at ksvotes.org. We know that some of the most important work that we do happens at the local level, so it’s important to go vote this year.

  • Important dates to remember
    • Aug. 6 – Primary Election
    • Oct. 15 – Last day to register to vote for the General Election
    • Oct. 16 – Advance voting begins for the General Election
    • Nov. 5 – General Election

APPOINTMENTS

  • What’s happening?

Governor Laura Kelly has unveiled a series of new appointments across the government over the past week. This includes three new appointees to the Kansas Board of Regents, three Water Authority members, and a new Director of Native American Affairs.

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