Register for Convention Today!

2015 KYD State Convention in Georgetown will soon be here (April 17-19).  

Please join us as the Kentucky Young Democrats prepare for Democratic Victories in 2015.  Convention attendees will hear from leaders of our party, attend trainings on issues important to Kentucky’s future, and network with other Young Democrats across the state. 

Convention Schedule - Check out our updated Tentative Convention Schedule for a list of confirmed speakers and workshops.     

Register for Convention - REGISTER TODAY for $25.  (After April 10 registration will increase to $35.  On-site registration will be $45.)

Hotel – To reserve your room at the Georgetown Best Western Plus & Conference Center please call (502) 868-0055.

Stay Tuned by following KYD on Facebook and Twitter

We can’t wait to see you in Georgetown!


03/31/2015 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

UPDATES: KYD Convention (April 17-19, 2015)

Convention Updates:

1.  Hotel Room Block – The guaranteed room block for convention will expire this Monday, March 23.  Please reserve your room as soon as possible.  We anticipate that you will be able to reserve rooms at later dates, but hotels in Central Kentucky will be filling up quickly as the Spring Keeneland Meet begins.  Hotel Information:  Georgetown Best Western Plus, (502) 868-0055, $90/night (occupancy up to 4 people).

2. KYD Office – The Declaration of Candidacy forms for KYD Office is DUE TONIGHT (March 19) BY 11:59PM.  Email forms to

3. Awards – Nominations for awards presented at convention (KYD of the Year, County/Regional Chapter of the Year, College Chapter of the Year, High School Chapter of the Year, Alumni of the Year) should be submitted to no later than March 31.  Please submit a paragraph or two on why you believe your nominee deserves recognition.

4. Resolutions – Do you think KYD should take a position on a certain issue, or recognize the achievements of someone in your community or chapter?  Then submit a Resolution for our delegates to consider at convention to by April 8.  Please include “Resolution” in the subject box. 

5. Registration – Registration is open!  Please register today!!

03/19/2015 at 1:05 pm Leave a comment

KYD Convention Registration is Open!

kyd convention logoThe 2015 Kentucky Young Democrats State Convention is just around the corner. Please join us in Georgetown, KY on April 17-19th!

Registration is now open!  The cost is $25.00 from now until April 10.  The cost will increase to $35.00 from April 11 – 16.  On –site registration during the convention will be $45.00.  So save some money and REGISTER TODAY!

All Young Democrats are welcome and encouraged to attend.  If you don’t belong to a chapter, that’s okay, come on out and meet other YDs from across the state!  (You will meet some folks that can help you get a chapter started in your area!)

Check out our Tentative Convention Agenda.  Specifics will be announced as they are made available.  Please stay tuned.  And follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Chapters must complete the yearly charter process to retain official recognition from KYD. Chapter leaders, please review the Chartering Instructions and submit your Online Charter Application. (Charter applications are due, to avoid late penalties, by March 19.)

If you are interested in running for KYD Vice President of Programming, Vice President of Recruitment & Expansion, Secretary or Treasurer, please submit the Candidacy Declaration Form by March 19.

The Convention will be held at the Best Western Plus Georgetown Corporate Center Hotel, 132 Darby Drive, Georgetown, KY 40324.  If you plan on staying Friday and/or Saturday nights, the convention room rate is $90/night. You can make your reservation by calling 502.868.0055 – make sure to tell them you are with the Kentucky Young Democrats.

We can’t wait to see you in Georgetown!

03/07/2015 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

2015 KYD State Convention Announcement

Fellow Kentucky Young Democrats,

We are gearing up for the 2015 KYD State Convention. Below is some information so you can begin planning to attend. Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.KYD15 Logo


Date: April 17-19, 2015

Location: Georgetown, Kentucky. Best Western Plus Georgetown Corporate Center Hotel, 132 Darby Drive, Georgetown, KY 40324. (Convention room rate is $90/night. You can make your reservation by calling 502.868.0055 – make sure to tell them you are with the Kentucky Young Democrats.)

Programming: The convention program will include workshops/trainings on issues important to young Kentuckians, chances to hear from and meet our Democratic candidates for statewide office, the election of KYD state officers, networking opportunities, etc. Please follow us on Facebook  and Twitter  for up-to-date programming information as it becomes available.

Registration: Registration will open March 1, 2015. (At this time, we anticipate registration to cost $25.) A link to the online registration page will be made available via email and social media March 1.

Chapter Leaders: Prior to convention, local chapters are required to submit a charter application with the KYD Credentials Committee. The deadline to submit this application (without penalties) is March 19, 2015. Please direct any questions regarding this process to Please review our 2015 Chartering Instructions.  Once you are ready, you can begin the process with our Online Charter Application.

Want to run for KYD Office? Please review and submit the 2015 KYD Candidate Declaration Form by March 19, 2015.

We are excited to see you all in Georgetown!

Please stayed tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for information regarding a KYD Campaign Day, February 28, for Kelly Caudill. Kelly is our Democratic Nominee for the State Senate District 27 in the Special Election on March 3. You can help us help Kelly keep this seat in Democratic hands! RSVP to the Campaign Day here.

KYD Executive Committee

02/18/2015 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Your Vote! Your Voice! GO VOTE!

GO VOTE KYDFellow Young Democrats,

Today the people of the Commonwealth will pick a course into the future.  I believe that the choice is clear – Alison Lundergan Grimes and our Democratic candidates!  A 21st Century Kentucky deserves 21st Century leadership!  Mitch McConnell and the Republican ticket think the solutions to our problems are in the past.  Our Democratic ticket knows that we move Kentucky forward by providing access and opportunity for ALL KENTUCKIANS to live the lives they deserve.  Our symbol in Kentucky is the rooster, I believe, because we see the potential of each new day!

Democrats know that raising the minimum wage will provide greater economic stability for thousands of Kentucky families and will lift many Kentucky children out of poverty.

Democrats know that providing access to affordable healthcare and education will lay the foundation for a better Kentucky.

Democrats know that equal pay for equal work isn’t preferential treatment but a right for each Kentucky woman.

A vote for the Democratic ticket is a vote for stronger communities and a brighter future for us all to share.

Today, please, go to the polls.  Take your friends.  Take your family.  Too much is at stake to let the big money special interests shape Kentucky’s tomorrow.  It’s your Kentucky too!

We can do this!

With love,
Clint Morris, KYD President


Polling Hours:  Across Kentucky, polls will be open from 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM (both Eastern and Central times).

Polling Locations:  To find your polling location, please visit the Kentucky State Board of Election’s Voter Information Center.

Be Informed:  The Secretary of State’s Office has a list of Voter Rights & Responsibilities.  Check it out.  Be informed.

11/03/2014 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

2014 KYD Campaign Days!

Fellow Kentucky Young Democrats,

Please join KYD for one (or both) of the 2014 KYD Campaign Days, October 18 and 25!  KYD is committed to not only keeping the Democratic Majority in the State House – but expanding that majority!  The two races we are targeting this year are very close! And with your help, Democratic victories are in sight!  Both candidates, Ashley Miller (District 32) and Jacqueline Coleman (District 55), are dynamic, exciting, Young Democratic women who will bring a much needed perspective to the General Assembly.  Learn more below about how you can help!  (And to request more information, direct emails to

Clint Morris, KYD President

PS – Dont’ forget to tune in to see Alison Lundergan Grimes debate Mitch McConnell this coming Monday (October 13) on KET at 8:00 PM (Eastern).



Ashley Miller and Gov BeshearAshley Miller is a Young Democrat running for the State House of Representatives in District 32 in Louisville.  Ashley’s campaign is close and with your help we can pick up this open seat for House Democrats!

Date:  Saturday, October 18
Time:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location:  Miller Campaign HQ – 2948 Yorkshire Blvd (next to Yarmuth and Grimes HQs)
Lunch:  Provided by KYD

For more information about Ashley Miller, please check out her Facebook Page and her website.

SIGN UP HERE to help us walk for Ashley!



Coleman and Gov Beshear 2Jacqueline Coleman is running to unseat a sitting GOP member of the House of Representatives.  Jacqueline is a Young Democrat who can win this seat with your help!

Date:  Saturday, October 25
Time:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location:  Home of Jacqueline’s Parents – 362 N. College Street (Downtown Harrodsburg)
Lunch:  Provided by KYD

For more information about Jacqueline Coleman, please check out her Facebook Page and her website.

SIGN UP HERE to help us walk for Jacqueline!

10/08/2014 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

Why I’m a Democrat: Democrats Work to Empower Women

We asked Laken Gilbert, the KYD Women’s Issues Director, to share why she is a Democrat and will be supporting Alison Lundergan Grimes and Democratic candidates this fall.  Please read and share.

Laken Gilbert and US Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

Laken Gilbert and US Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

Fellow Young Kentuckians,

Young women across the Commonwealth face serious issues such as pay inequality, unaffordable childcare, and the lack of access to affordable healthcare. However, another issue that has recently been in the news and is plaguing the Commonwealth is violence against women. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women. In fact, 1 in 6 women will be the victim of domestic violence in her lifetime and girls are 4 times more likely to be victimized between ages 16 and 19. In Kentucky, despite these statistics, a survivor cannot get a civil protection order unless she and the perpetrator are related, married, have a child in common, or are currently or formerly living together. This creates a huge gap in protection for survivors of dating violence.

Time and time again, Kentucky House Democrats have taken the stand to extend domestic violence protections to dating violence only to be killed by Senate Republicans. The 2014 General Session marked the fourth consecutive year that the Dating Violence Bill (House Bill 8) passed the House. Protecting women is a priority for House Democrats and Kentucky women cannot afford to lose that momentum come November 4th.

Another proponent of ending violence against women is Secretary of State, and US Senate Candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes. As a young lawyer, Alison fought for survivors of domestic violence in the courtroom. As Secretary of State, she championed Kentucky’s first ever address confidentiality program to protect survivors of domestic violence in the voting booth. As our next United States Senator and Kentucky’s first ever female Senator, Alison will continue fighting for women when it comes to equal pay and protecting victims. This advocacy is 30 years overdue. Senator Mitch McConnell does not have the best interests of Kentucky women at heart when he votes in Washington, D.C. He has repeatedly voted against the Violence Against Women Act, opposes equal pay for equal work, and has voted to slash funding for childcare.

I am a Democrat because the Democratic Party supports policies that empower women. As a sexual assault survivor, I will be casting my vote on November 4th for Alison Lundergan Grimes and House Democrats.  We must retire Senator McConnell, who has spent his last 30 years fighting against legislation that has directly improved my safety and security.

Secretary Grimes, however, has made sure I can exercise my democratic responsibility of voting without fear that my perpetrator will be able to access my address and location.  She is and will continue to be a strong advocate for Kentucky Women!

There’s so much still to do to combat the many issues facing women. So on November 4th, when you go in the voting booth as a young woman, consider which candidates will stand with you. As a young man, consider which candidates will stand with your mother, your wife, your girlfriend, and your daughters. Together we can fuel the momentum of House Democrats, get the Dating Violence Bill enacted, and have Alison Lundergan Grimes’ proven leadership in Washington, D.C. as our next U.S. Senator!

Laken Gilbert

Laken Gilbert is currently a third-year law student at the University of Kentucky where she serves as the on-line editor of the UK Law Review.  Laken was recently published in The Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law with an article entitled “Cultivating Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault in American’s Agriculture Industry.  (View the article here.)  Laken also serves on the Kentucky Commission on Women, as Secretary of the Fayette County Young Democrats and is the Women’s Issues Director for the Kentucky Young Democrats.

09/25/2014 at 4:36 pm 1 comment

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