At every YDA convention, the most anticipated event is the election of the national executive board. This year we had three slates running for seats on the board; Empower Young Democrats, YDA Delivers, and United YDA. Each campaign ran tough competitive races, with candidates traveling the entire country throughout the course of the spring and summer to share their platforms. In the end, it was the EmpowerYD campaign that came out victorious by winning every board seat in a landslide. Idaho’s Morgan Hill played a crucial role on the Empower team by managing its launch, early operations, as well as the campaign’s digital assets. Watch Morgan’s nomination speech for the newly elected President of YDA, Louis Elrod. This is another example of how your support continues to help Idaho make a huge impact at the national level.
Political Training and Civic Engagement
Multiple organizations were present for various events, caucus meetings and presentations. We were lucky to be joined by notable speakers such as Jess O’Connell (Executive Director, Emily’s List), Hezekiah Allen (Cannibus Lobby), representatives from the Truman National Security Project, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just to name a few. The Idaho delegation actively participated in additional key events such as Building Consensus and Authenticity in Politics training sessions.
Furthermore, Idaho will continue to be involved in national caucuses and the regional level of YDA. Morgan Hill was elected as Vice Chair of the YDA Veterans and Military Affairs Caucus. And Rachel Anderson will be appointed as the Chapter Building Representative for the YDA Pacific Region (covering California, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, Guam).
The following is a list of caucuses that met at this year’s convention: AAPI – Black – Hispanic – Minority – Veterans – Jewish – Labor – LGBTQ – Women’s – Rural – Disability – High-School – College
One of the main highlights of the convention was hearing from the top three 2016 Democratic candidates for President of the United States. Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton each delivered their address to the national delegation of YDs. The candidates’ focus on raising the minimum wage, equal pay, fixing student loan debt and addressing high tuition, jobs, criminal justice and immigration reform, and equality for all only reinforces the fact that Democrats will continue to move our country forward. Democrats care about the everyday American, especially future generations.