The Mississippi Democratic Party has hired a new executive director. Keelan Sanders was promoted this past weekend.
Sanders, 30, from Jackson, has been the party's office manager for more than five years. He grew up in a political family.
Sanders' grandmother, Emma Sanders, was in the Freedom Democratic Party that challenged the seating of an all-white Mississippi delegation to the Democratic National Convention in 1964.
Keelan Sanders will work with state Democratic Party chairman Wayne Dowdy to organize party business and beef up donor lists.
This is the first time in more than two years that the state party has had an executive director.