Wave of Young Democrats Elected Across NC

North Carolina responds to youth voter suppression by electing Young Democrats to office.

"The future is looking bright, and North Carolina voters have put their trust in a new generation of public servants to lead our state." - Boone Mayor-elect Andy Ball


Young Democratic Candidate Results:

  • Andy Ball will be the next mayor of Boone.
  • Jamal Fox overcomes deplorable tactics to win Greensboro City Council seat.
  • Zeb Smathers will serve on the Canton Board of Aldermen.
  • Chris Rey re-elected Mayor of Spring Lake.
  • Young Democrats Calvin J. Harris, Jr., Derwin Montgomery, James Taylor, and Kady Ann Davy return to the city councils of Oxford, Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem, and Fayetteville, respectively.
  • Montravias King and Darius Horton elected to Elizabeth City Council in October. 
  • Ryan Stone joins the Black Mountain Town Council, Jennifer Pena & Quint David elected to Boone Town Council.
  • More results as they develop.


BOONE, NC – After enduring months of voter suppression efforts aimed at curbing the youth vote, the Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) celebrated multiple election victories tonight. Many young, future-minded candidates defeated extreme Republican opponents.

Boone Mayor-elect Andy Ball: "I am humbled tonight to receive the support and the confidence of the people of Boone, and I look forward to serving as the youngest mayor in our town's history. The future is looking bright, and North Carolina voters have put their trust in a new generation of public servants to lead our state. With the help of Sam Spencer and an incredible team of talented young leaders across our State, our generation has shown we have the power to change the guard and lead North Carolina."

YDNC President Sam Spencer: "North Carolina voters saw what a regressive Republican General Assembly did to our State in less than 3 years. They've responded by electing a new generation to lead North Carolina at the municipal level. From Canton to Elizabeth City, this generation of public servants will work hard for their fellow Tar Heels, and many of them have bright careers beyond their municipal offices."

Spencer continued: "Republican efforts to disenfranchise young voters in Boone, Elizabeth City, and across North Carolina backfired. Instead, Republicans have conceded Millennial voters in this and future elections while inspiring a wave of Young Democrats to take office."

Tonight's victories are the culmination of many years of training, planning, and preparation. YDNC has worked tirelessly to train Democrats to win elections as candidates, managers, and staff. YDNC members currently serve in the General Assembly; as countywide elected officials in Buncombe, Durham, Wake, and Washington Counties; and on city and town councils in Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill, Sanford, and other cities.

Many of tonight's victors - including Andy Ball, Jamal Fox, & Zeb Smathers - are young Democrats who have served as YDNC officers. Additionally, many YDNC members managed or lead the GOTV programs in North Carolina's most important municipal races.

Young Democrats of North Carolina Achievements:

  • Patrick Cannon & Young Democratic Candidates benefited from an online Get Out the Vote Campaign seen by 377,185 young voters in North Carolina.
  • YDNC & Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County members executed successful field campaign in Charlotte.
  • YDNC members managed campaigns of top vote-getters in Asheville City Council races.
  • YDNC and its chapters hit over 10,000 doors across the state for municipal elections, including 5,400 in Charlotte in the last days of GOTV.

Founded in 1928, the Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) is an organization for all registered Democrats under 36, including College Democrats and Teen Democrats. YDNC is one of the oldest political organizations in our state, and is the founding chapter of the Young Democrats of America. YDNC is the official youth auxiliary of the North Carolina Democratic Party.