KYD Statewide Leadership

The Kentucky Young Democrats Executive Committee consists of elected officers and ex-officio members.  The KYD Executive Committee assists local chapters and sets policy and programming for our organization.

2015-2016 KYD Executive Committee

Elected Officers

Clint Morris, President (bio)
Laken Gilbert, Vice President of Programming (bio)
Travis Scott, Vice President of Recruitment & Expansion (bio)
Liz Fossett, National Committewoman & Past President (bio)
Jordan Shewmaker, National Committeeman (bio)
Drew Scaggs, Secretary (bio)
Grace Wise, Treasurer (bio)

Ex-Officio Members

Andrew Ewen, Communications Director (bio)
Lauren Ingram, Rules & Charter Chair
Liles Taylor, Political Director
Alex Caudill, College Democrats of Kentucky President


Executive Committee Biographies

Clint Morris, President

Clint Morris, a native of Henderson, has a long held passion for social and economic justice. Clint's commitment to fairness and equality begain with his roots as a proud product of a union family in Western Kentucky. Clint has extended this passion into his involvement in Democratic Party politics and through both his academic and professional development.

Clint is a 2005 graduate of Transylvania University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. More recently in 2008, Clint received his Master of Arts in History from the University of Kentucky, where he focused on the “Politics of Poverty” in early 20th Century America and Kentucky.

Prior to serving as KYD President, Clint served two two-year terms as the KYD National Committeeman. As National Committeeman, Clint has focused on increasing KYD’s presence in YDA, professionalizing our processes and procedures, and targeting young voters with direct issue advocacy. In addition to serving on the KYD Executive Committee, Clint has held local leadership positions with the Fayette County Young Democrats and was a delegate to the YDA National Convention in 2009, 2011, and 2013 serving each time as Kentucky’s representative on the YDA Credentials Committee. Clint has also served as KYD Rules Committee Chair and was the Program Director for the 2011 YDA National Convention Louisville Host Committee.

Clint has held several positions with Democratic organizations, including: Chairperson of the College Democrats of Kentucky, Vice Chairperson for Finance of the College Democrats of Kentucky, President and Political Affairs Director of the Transylvania College Democrats, College Director for the Fayette County Young Democrats, and has served as his precinct chair since 2008. Clint has advised local Democratic candidates on field strategy and voter outreach and has served on several campaign steering committees in Fayette County.

In February of 2014, Clint was elected Chairperson of the Fayette County Democratic Party.

In 2012, Clint was awarded the Fayette County Democratic Party's Louis Mack Award, for Young Volunteer of the Year. And at the 2013 KYD State Convention, Clint was awarded the John F. Kennedy "KYD of the Year" Award. Professionally, Clint works in the field of civil rights and workforce development where he focuses on Equal Employment Opportunity compliance, Affirmative Action and Diversity initiatives. In 2012, Governor Steve Beshear appointed Clint to a four-year term on the Kentucky Martin Luther King Jr. Commission. Clint currently resides in downtown Lexington.

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Twitter: @sidecarky

Laken Gilbert, Vice President of Programming

Laken Gilbert is a native to Fleming County, Kentucky and works at the law offices of Royse, Zweigart, Kirk, Brammer & Caudill in Maysville, Kentucky. She attended Morehead State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies and Government. Laken then received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law. In her spare time, Laken enjoys politics, gardening, and knitting.

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Twitter: @lakengilbert

Travis Scott, Vice President of Recruitment & Expansion

Travis Scott, 33 of Denver, is a proud Eastern Kentuckian.

From 2011-2013 Travis served as Chairman of the Rural Caucus of Young Democrats of America. As chairman, he organized campaigns invasions in crucial swing districts in North Carolina and Nebraska, as well as promoted rural issues across the country.

Travis worked from 2007-2011 for Governor Steven L. Beshear, both in capacities of his election and reelection campaigns and in the Office of the Governor: Department for Local Government, where he specialized in helping county governments with Federal Grants for Flood Control and Land and Water Conservation.

Travis is a 2004 graduate of Morehead State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Communications (Journalism). While in college, Travis served as Vice President of the MSU Student Government Association and State Secretary of Kentucky 4-H. He has worked as an AmeriCorps with Lexington Habitat for Humanity and was also a member of the Morehead Area Habitat for Humanity board of directors.

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Twitter: @TravisScottKY

Liz Fossett, National Committeewoman

Liz, a native of Covington, holds her MBA from the University of Kentucky and is a 2008 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she was President of the school’s College Democrats chapter. Liz works for an association management company, and previously served as a Constituent Services Representative for Congressman Ben Chandler and Communications Director for the Fayette County, KY PVA office. She is an alumni of the Front Line Leaders Academy, as well as several campaigns in Kentucky, including Bruce Lunsford for U.S. Senate and Ken Lucas for U.S. House of Representatives. Liz proudly served as KYD President from 2011 to 2014.

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Twitter: @lizfossett

Jordan Shewmaker, National Committeeman

Jordan Shewmaker is a native of Perryville, Kentucky in Boyle County. Jordan is a recent graduate of Centre College where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Government. Currently, Shewmaker was elected the National Committeeman for Kentucky Young Democrats at the 2014 state convention. Shewmaker serves on the Boyle County Democratic Party Central Executive Committee, where he was awarded the ‘Newcomer Award’ in 2011 and the ‘Doris Baird Spirit Prize’ in 2012.

Jordan has worked with various Democratic organizations and campaigns. He was elected president of Centre College Democrats as a first-year student in 2011. Additionally, Jordan served as communication director and president of Kentucky College Democrats before overseeing KCD’s consolidation with Kentucky Young Democrats. He attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Shewmaker served as a liaison between Centre College and Obama for America during the 2012 Vice Presidential debate, hosted by Centre College. Jordan recently attended the 2013 Young Democrats of America convention in San Antonio, Texas with the Kentucky delegation. Shewmaker also served on the Kentucky Democratic Party, State Central Executive Committee.

He is a member of numerous social and civic organizations in Boyle County including Main Street Perryville, Boy Scouts of American, Danville Rotary Club, and Pioneer Playhouse among others. In his free time Jordan enjoys outdoor activities, networking, and travel. Jordan will be entering law school at the University of Kentucky in August 2015.

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Twitter: @JordanShewmaker

Drew Scaggs, Secretary

Drew Scaggs, from Greenup County Kentucky is currently serving as Secretary of Kentucky Young Democrats. Prior to being elected, Drew served as a Regional Director of KYD in the 4th congressional district of Kentucky. As Regional Director, Drew helped build KYD’s presence throughout eastern KY.Drew is a graduate of Morehead State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Philosophy with an emphasis in Regional Analysis and Public Policy. Drew is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Public Policy at the same institution. While an undergraduate, Drew was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, serving his chapter as an executive in multiple positions. He also is a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Drew is currently serving as President of Greenup County Young Democrats and is a member of Greenup County Democratic Executive Committee. In these capacities Drew is working to bring better communication, organization and structure to the various Democratic bodies he serves on.

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Twitter: @ScaggsWilliam

Grace Wise, Treasurer

Grace is a native of Clark County, and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a major in Political Science. While attending UK, Grace served as Communications Director and later President of the UK College Dems. During the college years Grace focused on her two loves in life, pizza and politics, as an intern for the Kentucky Democratic Party and the assistant manager of a Little Caesars. After college Grace worked on a plethora of Democratic campaigns in the state, including RJ Palmer for State Senate, Jim Gray's Re-Election campaign, and a congressional race. These days you can find Grace in Lexington, KY where she is the Director of Awesome at Crow Street, LLC. She works on digital, social media, and political consulting.

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Twitter: @grace_wiseKY

Andrea Ewen, Communications Director

A resident of Lexington, Andrea graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. She is an administrative assistant to David O’Neill, the Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator. Andrea has been active in some form of politics for almost her entire life. She was the Host Chair of the 2011 Young Democrats of America National Convention, which was held in Louisville. She has served as Vice President of Programing, Treasurer, and Regional Director of the Kentucky Young Democrats. She is a former President of the Fayette County Young Democrats, and also served as Vice President and Communications Director. She is currently a member of the Fayette County Democratic Party Executive Committee. She is also the Youth Rep for the 6th District on the KDP State Central Board.

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Twitter: @AndreaEwen1

Donovan Sowder, Rules and Charter Committee Chair

Donovan Sowder (better known as Donny), a Berea Native, was born January 20, 1993. Donny is a 2015 graduate of Transylvania University with Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with minors in Philosophy and Economics. During his time at Transylvania, he served two terms as the President and one term as the Director of Political Affairs for the Transylvania College Democrats. Additionally, Donny has previously served as the Vice-President and currently serves as Treasurer for the Fayette County Young Democrats. He also represented KYD as a delegate to the 2013 YDA National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Donny is currently serving his second term as the Chairman of KYD’s Rules and Charter committee.

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Twitter: @donovan_sowder