The Kentucky Democratic Party has hired a former team leader of Bernie Sanders presidential campaign as its new executive director.
The party announced Mary Nishimuta (Nish-ah-moo-tah) of Frankfort as the new executive director on Friday. She will serve under state party chairwoman Sannie Overly, a state representative from Paris.
Nishimuta was a national team leader for Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign and was a delegate for him to the Democratic National Convention. Sanders narrowly lost Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary to eventual nominee Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote.
A graduate of Georgia Tech, Nishimuta has worked for various Fortune 500 companies and is the co-owner of the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe in Frankfort. She said her goal is to build a strong party in all of Kentucky’s 120 counties.
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