Missouri Democrats choose new leaders

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Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo
. -- Missouri Democrats chose new leadership over the weekend.

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders was named chairman of the state Democratic Party on Saturday. St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green was named vice chair of the party.

The leadership change comes in the wake of former State Auditor Susan Montee’s candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. Montee had served as party chairman since shortly after her defeat by Republican Tom Schweich in the 2010 election.

Montee filed paperwork last month to begin her formal bid for Lieutenant Governor. So far, there is one other Democratic candidate who has announced her intention to run. Becky Plattner is a former Saline County Commissioner and is currently the chair of the State Conservation Commission.