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SUNDAY, FEB. 25, 2007

CONTACT: TERRY R. CASSREINO
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Kansas governor, Democratic Governors
Association chair to headline dinner

JACKSON (Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007) – Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, chair of the Democratic Governors Association, will headline the Mississippi Democratic Party’s 2007 Democratic Elected Officials Appreciation Dinner next month.

Sebelius is the keynote speaker for the dinner, which is set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Lakeover Center, 6531 Dogwood View Parkway in Jackson. Tables are $500 each; individual tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the door.

“Gov. Sebelius has done a remarkable job in Kansas with her determined commitment to create new jobs, protect families and communities, make health care more affordable and improve the quality and efficiency of public schools,” said Wayne Dowdy, chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party.

“Time magazine named Gov. Sebelius one of the nation’s top five governors in 2005,” Dowdy said. “Perhaps we can learn from her success and experience about how to more effectively govern and improve people’s lives in Mississippi.”

The Mississippi Democratic Party’s annual spring dinner recognizes and honors Democrats who hold elected office across the state.

The state party will present several high-profile awards – including the Evelyn Gandy Award, given to the top Democratic state legislator, and the Outstanding County Elected Officials Awards, given to a Democratic elected official in each of the state’s four congressional districts.

Besides serving a second term as Kansas governor, Sebelius chairs the Democratic Governors Association. The organization, founded in 1983, is an independent, voluntary political group that supports the candidacies of Democratic gubernatorial nominees and incumbents nationwide.

The DGA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and serves as the united voice for America’s Democratic governors. The organization’s members include all governors in U.S. states and territories who belong to the Democratic Party.

Sebelius also serves on the National Governors Association Executive Committee.

“Gov. Sebelius is a dynamic leader with much to offer,” Dowdy said.

“We look forward to hearing her thoughts about why it is so important this year for people to elect candidates from the Democratic Party – the only party that offers a specific vision for the future of Mississippi, our country and our citizens.”

PLEASE NOTE: Color photo of Kathleen Sebelius is attached to this e-mail.

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Mississippi Democratic Party
• The Event: The 2007 Democratic Elected Officials Appreciation Dinner to honor statewide and local Democratic elected officials. The event is set for 7 p.m., Friday, March 9, at Lakeover Center, 6531 Dogwood View Parkway in Jackson.
• Keynote speaker: Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, chair of the Democratic Governors Association, is the keynote speaker. The DGA, headquartered in Washington, D.C., serves as the united voice for America’s Democratic governors.
• Tickets available: Tables for the dinner are $500 each; individual tickets are $60 each in advance or $75 each at the door. Call Wendi Hooks at the Mississippi Democratic Party headquarters at (601) 969-2913 or e-mail her at wendi@msdemocrats.net.

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