Andrew Rickel, Manhattan, was elected during the party’s annual Demofest to replace former president Ben Cohn, who stepped down earlier in August.
“The Kansas Democratic Party is excited to welcome Andrew Rickel to this important position and look forward to tapping into his intelligence and enthusiasm,” Joan Wagnon, Kansas Democratic Party chairwoman, said in a release. “Andrew’s campaign experience and excellent organizing skills will serve Kansas Democrats well and help make sure we hold Governor Brownback accountable for cutting education and driving up tuition for Kansas college students and their families.”
Rickel attended Kansas State University, studying communication studies with an emphasis in political rhetoric and community organizing, according to the release. Rickel, who is the son of Cleon Rickel, news director for Ottawa’s KOFO Radio, also ran for the Kansas Senate in 2008 against Republican incumbent state Sen. Pat Apple, R-Louisburg.
“Kansas Young Democrats combine an understanding and appreciation for Kansas’ past with a vision for an improving future,” Andrew Rickel said. “We believe strengthening our schools and helping all Kansans obtain a quality education will create the opportunities and economic growth that will sustain our state over the coming decades. Making this belief a reality is my primary goal as KYD president.”