KENTUCKY YOUNG DEMOCRATS HOST THE 2011 YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN LOUISVILLE, KY

Louisville- For the first time since 1973, the Young Democrats of America (YDA) National Convention was held in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Kentucky Young Democrats were excited to display Louisville, the “possibility city,” to so many young Democrats from across the nation. Attendees had the opportunity to engage in over 100 workshops on topics ranging from chapter building and campaign management to professional development and the important issues facing young Americans. In addition to networking and building personal and professional relationships with young progressive from forty-six states, Young Democrats participated in two service projects and in discussions on creative ways to move America forward.

In preparation for two more years of growth and success, delegates elected national officers, including Rod Snyder of West Virginia and President and Kentucky’s own Colmon Elridge as YDA Executive Vice President. The Kentucky Young Democrats are also proud to announce that four of their members were elected to leadership positions in national YDA caucuses: Travis Scott as Rural Caucus Chair, Abby Woehrle as Women’s Caucus Secretary, Victoria Elridge as Disabilities Caucus Vice Chair and Nikki Turner as College Caucus Secretary.

Many of Kentucky’s elected leaders were in attendance to give words of encouragement to the young leaders of the party, urging them to evaluate why they are Democrats, advising on how to become successful leaders, and ultimately urging them to take what they learned back to their states to make a difference.

Speakers from Kentucky included: Governor Steve Beshear, Lt. Governor Dr. Daniel Mongiardo, Lt. Governor Candidate Jerry Abramson, Secretary of State Elaine Walker, Secretary of State Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Treasurer Todd Hollenbach, Auditor Crit Luallen, and Auditor Candidate Adam Edelen. Messages from Congressmen John Yarmuth and Ben Chandler were also presented, as were messages from Democratic leadership from across the nation.

Kentucky Young Democrats have worked tirelessly for two years planning this national event. Through the talents of a committed host committee and the help from convention sponsors and volunteers, the Kentucky Young Democrats hosted one of the most successful national conventions in YDA’s recent history.

“With hosting a successful national convention under our belts,” KYD President Liz Fossett reflected, “the Kentucky Young Democrats now look forward to working hard to ensure the election of the entire Democratic slate this November!”

For more information please contact:

Laken Gilbert
Kentucky Young Democrats Communications Director
laken@kyyoungdems.com