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December 3, 2016

Stephen Webber Elected Chair of the Missouri Democratic Party

Jefferson City, Mo. – Today, the Missouri Democratic Party elected Stephen Webber as the new Chair of the Missouri Democratic Party. Stephen Webber has spent the last 8 years representing  Columbia in the Missouri House of Representatives.  He’s a Marine Corps combat veteran who served two tours in Iraq.  The Missouri Democratic Party also elected Genevieve Williams as Vice-Chair, Clem Smith as Secretary, and Lauren Arthur as Treasurer.

After his selection, newly-elected Chair Stephen Webber released the following statement:

“The Democratic Party stands for public education and working families, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead Democrats as we fight for these important values.”

After the Missouri Democratic State Committee elected their new chair, outgoing State Chairman Roy Temple released the following statement:

“It has been an honor to serve as the Chair of the Missouri Democratic Party. I look forward to working with Chairman Webber and Democrats across the state to hold Republicans accountable for the harmful agenda they are poised to pursue in Missouri.”

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh, House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, DNC Members Megan Green, Persephone Dakopolos, Gary Winston Apple, and Curtis Wells, issued the following statements after the election of Stephen Webber as Missouri Democratic Party Chairman:

“I met Stephen at one of my first public town halls as a Senator, when he stood up and asked me a tough question about strengthening services for our military veterans – veterans like the men and women he had served alongside. I was so impressed with him that I eventually wound up hiring him. Ever since, Stephen’s never stopped asking tough questions, and never stopped finding problems to fix and ways to make Missourians’ lives better. He’s exactly the right choice to lead Missouri’s Democratic Party, to make sure our candidates are speaking to the needs of every Missourian, and to help make sure that working families in our state know it’s the Missouri Democratic Party that’s fighting for them.” said Senator Claire McCaskill.

“Congratulations to Stephen, Genevieve, Clem, and Lauren.  Now is the time to stand up for working families and bring Missourians together to move our state forward.” said State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

“Stephen represents our future. He has the youth necessary to endure the rigors of the

Job and the wisdom and experience needed to move our party forward.” said Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh.

“Stephen will be a great asset the Democratic Party. I’m confident his will bring energy and experience to our party that will unite democrats across the state.  I look forward to working with him to build a strong party as we look to the 2018 elections.” said House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty.

“With the next generation of political leaders stepping up into Leadership positions at the state and national levels, Today’s elections really show that the Democratic Party is the party of the future. I’m excited for the future direction of the party. Stephen Webber’s energy and commitment to ensure the message of the Democratic Party is heard all across Missouri will lay the groundwork for success in the future. I can’t think of a better person to lead the party.” said DNC Member Megan Green.

“Today, we elected more fresh faces to this party than at any other time. We have expertise mixing with enthusiasm; bold new ideas mixing with political know-how.

I know that our new leadership has the progressive vision and drive that it’ll take to win back Missouri from the billionaires. There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of this party.” said DNC Member Persephone Dakopolos.

“I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Stephen Webber. I am very pleased that he has embraced the idea of the  Missouri Democratic Party leading the effort to get multiple initiative proposals on the ballot and passed in 2018.  I look forward to working with him and with other members of our party on that critical and historic project.” said DNC Member Gary Winston Apple.

“Today, we saw a changing of the guard, so to speak. This demonstrates that the Missouri Democratic Party is one of inclusion, with a willingness to try bold, new things through a new generation of leadership. I believe today was a big step in re-energizing our party in Missouri. There is much work to be done, and many battles to fight. We are prepared to do that work, and fight those battles, because the people deserve it.” said DNC Member Curtis Wells.

The Missouri Democratic Party held their election for State Party Chair Saturday, December 3rd at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

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