Missouri Democratic Party picks new leader

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Democratic Party has picked a new executive director to replace a leader who departed while police investigated allegations of domestic assault.

Democrats announced Friday that Kelsey Thompson is the party's new executive director. She starts Monday and most recently worked with the Department of Natural Resources.

Thompson managed the 2008 re-election campaign of Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and was the deputy campaign manager for Carnahan's U.S. Senate bid in 2010. She also worked for former Democratic Congressman Ike Skelton.

Thompson replaces Matt Teter, who was on unpaid leave while St. Louis police investigated allegations of domestic assault. Teter's lawyer says nothing happened and that he suspects the other man fell and struck his head after hitting Teter. Schwartz says no charges have been filed.

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