By MARY ANN HOLLEY
The St. Charles County Democratic Central Committee held its annual First Capitol Days Dinner recently, recognizing member Amanda Kelley with the annual James Kirkpatrick Award for Outstanding Leadership to the Democratic Party, and her ability to show grace under fire.
The daughter of a Teamster, and a former AFGE member who worked for the Veteran’s Administration and a devoted Committeewoman for Muegge Township, Kelley has a list of accomplishments that show she is, indeed, on top of the political pulse.
Kelley got her start in politics working as an “Obama girl.” She became a member of the Democratic National Committee, the Black Caucus and was a DNC delegate during the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton presidential campaigns.
Presenting the award was her friend and cohort, Brynn Palmer, who said Kelley has tirelessly knocked on doors over and over again to get the word out about candidates.
“Her greatest gift, however, is what she does when nobody’s looking,” said Palmer. “She opens her arms to the world and offers that ‘Amanda hug.’”
Kelley attends St. John’s AME Church in St. Charles and is a member of the Social Justice Ministry at St. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church. She serves on the Missouri Democratic Party State Committee representing the 23rd Senatorial District, on the Missouri Democratic Executive Committee and as chair the Affirmative Action Delegate Selection Committee, as well as other committees and organizations.