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Kansas Democrats hire new executive director


There’s little doubt that the Kansas Democratic Party is lost, trying to find its way out of the wilderness these days.

Party leaders think they’ve found the leader to do it.

The party announced on Tuesday that it had hired Kerry Gooch, 24, as its executive director. Gooch has worked for the party the past two years as its political director. He becomes one of the youngest executive directors for a statewide party in the country.

“Kerry has the experience and leadership qualities that will help the Kansas Democratic Party grow on the local level and elect more Democrats across our great state," said party chair Larry Meeker. "The Kansas Democratic Party is committed to investing in the future of Kansas and it starts by attracting and retaining talented young people."

Gooch, a Wichita native, said the plan is to hold the governor and the GOP Legislature accountable “for their failed policies and the damage they are doing our GREAT state.”