Greene County Democratic Chair and former state lawmaker Craig Hosmer has been elected the new chair of the Missouri Democratic Party.
The Springfield News-Leader's Chad Livengood first reported that Hosmer was the choice of Gov.-elect Jay Nixon.
Today, at an organizational meeting in Columbia, the party made it official.
Hosmer's first big job will be to begin preparing for the 2010 cycle, where Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is viewed as the likely challenger to Sen. Kit Bond.
Locally, one question will be whether Hosmer has the clout, charm and/or force to convince Rep. Sara Lampe to dive into the 30th District State Senate race against likely Republican opponent, Rep. Bob Dixon.
Lampe is considered to be the top shot that Democrats would have at winning the Republican Senate seat.
Hosmer's selection also means that Nixon is serious about holding onto his support in southwest Missouri, and particularly Greene County, which he won easily in November.
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