Moniteau County Democrats named Diane Kimber the Democrat of the Year during the club's Truman Day dinner May 3 at Centennial Hall in California.
The award was given to Kimber in appreciation for her work during last year's campaign, as well as her continued work for the club.
The club also named Steve Burdic to the Moniteau Democrat Hall of Fame. Burdic, who is a member of the Moniteau County Central Committee and chairman of the Moniteau Democrat Club, brought together a group of volunteers weekly during last year's campaign from May until November to write postcards, mail of letters and make phone calls at the Democrat heaquarters on Oak Street.
Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-45th District, briefed the club on a number of legislative initiatives being considered by Republicans. He said the GOP, which holds the majority at the Capitol, continues to cut taxes for big business while neglecting to deal with funding for education, infrastructure and other social justice issues. He also noted teacher salaries and state employee pay are the lowest in the country.
Kendrick stressed the need for the public to become more aware of what bills are being passed in Jefferson City.