JOPLIN, Mo. —
Krista Stark, of Webb City, has been named the new executive director for the Southwest Missouri Democrats.
The announcement was made Friday by Doug Brooks, chairman of the 32nd Senatorial District Democratic Committee and a Missouri member of the Democratic National Committee.
Brooks said local Democrats selected Stark after a national search that included interviews via Skype with several applicants out of the area and in-person interviews with local candidates. She replaces Jordan Overstreet, the Democrats’ first executive director, who left the area last year when he accepted a post as director of the Missouri House Democratic Victory Committee.
Stark, as a volunteer, took over maintaining the Democrats’ social media operation and communication effort after Overstreet left, Brooks noted.
“She has been very conscientious and capable in those roles,” he said. “So Krista moves into her job already knowing what she has to do and already knowing many people in our group.”
Stark was the director and development specialist for the Carver Birthplace Association. Before that, she was event coordinator for the Clean Air Project, a regional program based at Missouri Southern State University aimed at preventing smoking in Joplin’s public places. She serves as a volunteer on a number of national and statewide Democratic campaigns and committees. She also serves on the Emancipation Park Days Board, and has been a longtime volunteer for the Girl Scouts and the Webb City PTO.
The Southwest Missouri Pachyderm Club will be the host for a meet and greet and listening session on Tuesday with candidates seeking associate circuit judge posts in Jasper County.
Joe Hensley and Nate Dally are seeking the Division 5 associate circuit judge post currently held by Richard Copeland, and Mike Roberts and John Nicholas are running for the Division 4 post how held by Joe Schoeberl. All four candidates are Republicans, and the winners will face no opposition after the August primary.
The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Gooch Brothers Grill, 3941 E. 20th St., and is open to area residents who want to learn more about the candidates, according to Ben Baker, club president. He said the candidates will be given a few minutes to speak about their platforms and address issues of importance.