The Michigan Democratic Party says Lavora Barnes has been elected as the new leader of the state party.
Democrats gathered at Detroit’s Cobo Center for their convention Saturday. Barnes was the favorite among seven declared candidates. She has worked as the Michigan Democratic Party’s chief operating officer for more than three years.
She had the backing of new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, labor unions and others.
Current party chairman Brandon Dillon decided not to seek re-election after Democrats in November flipped control of top state offices and two congressional seats while making gains in the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Barnes, who joined President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign after working many years as a staffer in the Michigan House, was later a deputy clerk/register of deeds in Oakland County.