With the fourth-largest delegation in attendance, Kentucky Young Democrats was a powerful force at the 2009 Young Democrats of America National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Delegates were in attendance from Hazard to Henderson, representing ages 16 to 34. With the largest delegation attending a national convention from the Commonwealth in decades, these delegates helped elect Kentuckians to the position of National Vice President and Vice Chair of the Rural Caucus.
Colmon Elridge, III was overwhelmingly elected to the position of YDA Vice President. Elridge received the largest number of votes for a vice president, walking away with over 85% of the vote total and only one state not casting a single vote in his favor.
"I am very grateful to the over 900 delegates to the convention for giving me the opportunity to represent them for the next two years." Elridge said. "It has been a pleasure to serve as President of Fayette County Young Democrats and as National Committeeman for the Kentucky Young Democrats. I stand ready to take the experience I have gained growing these two chapters exponentially over the past few years to the national stage."
Colmon was elected along with the entire YDA Works! slate led by Crystal Strait of California. They will serve until the 2011 national convention.
Delegate Travis Scott, of Paintsville, was elected to the position of Vice Chair of the YDA Rural Caucus. He was unanimously selected, along with the entire slate of candidates headed by Cassie Peters of Kansas. Scott plans to utilize his new position to help bring attention to the challenges facing rural Kentuckians.
"Rural and urban areas have much in common, but the unique struggles facing rural areas from New York to Kentucky to California deserve to be debated and discussed like those of urban areas," Scott told the caucus. "Growing up in Eastern Kentucky has given me the experience necessary to represent rural Kentuckians in this caucus and bring our issues to the forefront."