Kansas Democratic Party hires executive director

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The Kansas Democratic Party has hired the former budget director for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign as its new executive director.

Ben Meers, who worked on the Sanders campaign and a variety of other campaigns across the country, started Thursday as the party's new top administrator.

"I am very excited," said Democratic Party chair Vicki Hiatt. "He comes with a lot of experience and a lot of vision for the party."

Meers has extensive political campaign experience, from running mayoral campaigns in Phoenix and Albuquerque to managing congressional races in North Carolina and Massachusetts. He also ran a governor's . . .

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