Kansas Democrats announce a new executive director

TOPEKA – Kansas Democratic Party Executive Director Mike Gaughan is leaving to work in the governor’s office and the party’s technology director, Kenny Johnston, is assuming his spot, the party announced Wednesday.

Johnston began working with the party in February 2007 after working on two of Rep. Dennis Moore’s congressional campaigns in the 3rd District.

Democratic Party Chair Larry Gates praised Gaughan’s three-and-a-half years of work with the party.

“Under Mike’s leadership, the Kansas Democratic Party has undergone a critical transformation,” Gates said. “We have developed an effective network of grassroots activists connected by their common purpose and by a technology network second to none.”

Gaughan is leaving to become the special assistant to the governor working primarily with the legislative team in Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ office.

Gates said he was excited about Johnston’s promotion.

“He has made the Kansas Democratic Party a more efficient and effective operation and will be able to build on our recent success and lead us into the critical 2010 elections,” Gates said.