Young Democrats of North Carolina

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The Young Democrats of North Carolina are the official youth arm of the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP). As an auxiliary organization of the NCDP, the officers of the YDNC serve as part of the State Executive Committee of the NCDP. The current executive board consists of President Justin Conley, Executive Vice President Bekah Whilden, National Committeewoman Akilah Ensley, National Committeeman Andrew Barnhill, Secretary Matt Hughes, Piedmont Regional Vice President Ashlei Blue, Eastern Regional Vice President Deans Eatman, and Western Regional Vice President Andy Miller.

Formed in 1928, the Young Democrats of North Carolina is the oldest Young Democrats chapter in America.[1] It founded the Young Democrats of America.[2]

It actively engages North Carolina Democrats from the ages of 18 to 35 who have an active interest in governmental affairs, who are seeking a mechanism for satisfying political expression, and who want to make the members of the Democratic Party aware that young people intend to take an active role in party affairs. The vision of the Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) is to make North Carolina a better place by promoting its issues, its young people, and the spirit of the Democratic Party.

Legislative work[edit]

Most recently, YDNC worked to pass House Bill 91, In-Person Registration and Voting. The new law allows voters to register up to three days before Election Day, down from 25 days under the old law. The measure also provides several safeguards to ensure the integrity of voter registration and toughens criminal penalties for those who commit fraud.[3][4]

Campaign role[edit]

The Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) is responsible for party organizational activity among North Carolina Democrats ages 18–35. In elections in coordinates with state and local candidates, raises funds, and coordinates campaign strategy to bolster youth turnout.

The YDNC is composed 36 county chapters and college chapters.

Engaging Young People[edit]

On March 29, 2008 YDNC held its 80th Anniversary Statewide Convention in which a record 600+ people attended. Guest speakers included Chelsea Clinton, James Carville and John Edwards.[5] Although this was the first time John Edwards spoke publicly after he resigned his campaign, he did not endorse either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.[6][7] In 2014, YDNC held a Convention in Greenville that featured U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and NC Attorney General Roy Cooper.

Leadership and Board of Trustees[edit]

YDNC elects nine statewide officers at the yearly YDNC convention. Additionally, it appoints leaders on a yearly basis to serve on a Board of Trustee. Governor Jim Hunt, a former Young Democrats President, serves as the Honorary Chair of the YDNC Board of Trustees. This board serves in an advisory role to YDNC, and assists in fund raising efforts.


The official mascot of the YDNC is the "fearless" Honey badger, since "Young Democrats are also devoid of fear."[8]


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