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MO Democratic Chair Will Step Down

Dan Verbeck

Missouri Democrats will  be picking a new state party chair when they meet in late August.

Current Chairman Mike Sanders  is stepping down from the post.


The incumbent Jackson County Executive is in his second term as Missouri Democratic Chairman. 

The former county prosecutor said he’d made a point he had planned to leave the job after the elections of 2012--“but, fund raising was going  well. We needed to make sure that the party was in a good position to transition to the next Chair of the Missouri Democratic Party so I was asked by party leaders to stick around until after roughly this July.” 

In Sanders summation, “  It’s July and so,  here we are.”

Sanders said the time is right for him to leave.

The Party is in the black, it can make payroll and staff is in place, what Sanders called the perfect time to transition after all the fund-raising. 

He said $7 million was raised in 2012, much attributable to Senator Claire McCaskill. 

The next head of the Missouri Democratic Party will be chosen August 24 in Jefferson City.

Copyright 2013 KCUR 89.3

Dan has covered Kansas City area news since 1974. He began a career in journalism more than 40 years ago in Chicago’s suburbs. The switch from newspaper to radio came during two years in the U. S. Army, and by 1968 he was firmly convinced that radio was his medium. He has covered breaking news, blizzards, tornadoes & floods. The Federal District Court was his daily beat for years. He was one of the few radio reporters able to continue broadcasting during Hurricane Katrina and it’s immediate aftermath. He concedes KCUR is one of his passions. Dan has been honored by the Missouri Broadcasters’ Association, The Associated Press and United Press International. He is inducted into the hall of fame of the Kansas City Media Professionals. When not covering news, Dan is partial to reading American history and tinkering with an old tractor. His wife Sylvia is his best critic. They have two daughters and a son.