On Saturday, newly elected State Committee members gathered in Columbia, Missouri, to discuss business related to the MDP. The agenda allowed state committee members to discuss key business objectives of the party to include the Treasurer’s report, State officers’ reports, and the party’s future strategic planning initiatives.
As part of the meeting, state committee members held the election of officers. Michael Butler was re-elected as Missouri Democratic Party Chairman. A native of St. Louis, Michael was first elected to Recorder of Deeds in 2018, and as Chair of the Missouri Democratic Party in 2020. Prior to his time in City Hall, he represented part of St. Louis City (District 79) in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2013-2018.
Shirley Mata was elected Vice Chair. She is the current Recording Secretary for UAW 249, and serves as the Recording Secretary for the KC Coalition of Labor Unions. She is a passionate Union member with nearly 28-years with the Ford Motor Company in Kansas City, Missouri.
Jonathan Kessler, Ph.D., was unanimously elected as Secretary of the Missouri Democratic Party. Kessler is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Physics, at Southeast Missouri State University. He has been an active member of MDP since 2016, and has served the past two cycles as an executive committee member representing Cape Girardeau.
Glenda Bainbridge was re-elected Treasurer of the party. In addition to her role as treasurer she is the chair of the Lafayette County Democrats and the 21st Senatorial District as well as the secretary of the 4th Congressional District. Five years ago she retired from the Jackson County Family Court Division.
“Thank you to the State Committee for a wonderful meeting.
Today showed sound momentum among Democrats,” said Chairman Butler. “Even throughout our differences, I am excited about electing Democrats well into the future of our party.”
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