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Kentucky Democratic Party announces new executive director

By: - January 26, 2024 9:48 am

Morgan Eaves, a former member of Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration, will become the executive director of the Kentucky Democratic Party next week. 

Eaves will replace current Executive Director Sebastian Kitchen effective Feb. 1, a party press release said. Kitchen will return to the Beshear administration. 

“I was honored to serve in the Beshear administration, which has done so much to make Kentucky a better place to live and work for millions of Kentuckians, and I am thrilled to join the KDP to elect more leaders who work every day to move our communities, our commonwealth and our country forward,” Eaves said in the press release. 

Eaves is a lawyer and former Richmond ciity commissioner. For Beshear’s administration, she was the director of legislative affairs in the Education and Labor Cabinet and deputy director of legislative affairs in the Office of the Governor. More recently, Eaves has worked on education issues in the non-profit sector. 

“Morgan is a dynamic leader who has run for office, served in office, and worked at the highest levels of Kentucky politics for years and we are excited for her to bring her experience and determination to the KDP to support candidates who are committed to moving Kentucky forward,” Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Colmon Elridge said in the press release. 

Of Kitchen, Elridge said he has “guided the KDP with integrity and excellence — leadership that has been recognized across the nation and that was essential in the historic reelection of Governor Beshear” and thanked him for his contributions to the party. 

“I look forward to working with Morgan again to move Kentucky forward and improve our communities and our commonwealth,” Beshear said. “I appreciate Sebastian’s tireless work in the first two years of our administration and his steady hand steering our state party during the election, and I look forward to welcoming him and his leadership back to the administration to continue serving the people of Kentucky.”

Kitchen began leading the KDP in October 2021 as Beshear launched his successful reelection campaign. He previously served in the Beshear administration as deputy communications director. 

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McKenna Horsley
McKenna Horsley

McKenna Horsley covers state politics for the Kentucky Lantern. She previously worked for newspapers in Huntington, West Virginia, and Frankfort, Kentucky. She is from northeastern Kentucky.