YDNC Launches Innovative Program To Elect Young Democrats by Young Democrats of NC YDNC

Contact: Lorenzo Pedro / lorenzopedrophoto@gmail.com

On May 15, the Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) announced the YDNC Cardinal Candidates Program to elect Young Democrats running for office across the state. YDNC will be using Hustle, a peer-to-peer text messaging platform, and social media engagement to turn out young voters in key districts. This unprecedented program will work in conjunction with the more traditional campaign strategies, such as calling voters or knocking on doors. 

"We are revolutionizing the way we think about campaigns" said YDNC President Anne Evangelista. "As a statewide organization, we have the ability to harness the energy of Young Democrats throughout the state and focus it on districts where we have a real chance of electing fresh, new candidates" 

The Following people have been added as YDNC Cardinal Candidates: 

-Kathy Manning - 13th Congressional 

-Linda Coleman - 2nd Congressional 

-Frank McNeill - 8th Congressional 

-Kathy Manning - 13th Congressional 

-Ryan Watts - 6th Congressional 

-Dan McCready - 9th Congressional 

-Kris Rixon - 9th House 

-Albeiro Florez - 45th House 

-Steven Buccini - 59th House 

-Erica McAdoo - 63rd House 

-Rep. Chaz Beasley - 92nd House 

-Wesley Harris - 105th House 

-Da'quan Love - 4th House 

-Dan Whitten - 15th House 

-Ashton Clemmons - 57th House 

-Rep. Cecil Brockman - 60th House 

-Amanda Bregel - 87th House 

-Carla Fassbender - 95th House 

-Cole Phelps - 1st Senate 

-Michael garrett - 27th Senate 

-John Motsinger, Jr. - 31st Senate 

-Sen. Jeff Jackson - 37th Senate 

-J.D. Wooten - 24th Senate 

-Cheraton Love - 29th Senate 

-Caroline Walker - 35th Senate 

-Brandon Anderson 45th Senate 

More will be added to the YDNC Cardinal Candidates list throughout the summer and fall. 

"As the former President of YDNC, I'm thrilled to see what this program will do for our young candidates" said North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin. "We're ready to take back the majority in the General Assembly and win races up and down the ballot and we know that young people are key to those victories" 

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

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YDNC Unanimously Passes Resolution at State Convention, Calls for Rep. Duane Hall to Resign and Drop Out of the Race by Young Democrats of NC YDNC

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At the 2018 State Convention on Sunday, April 8th, the Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC), along with the College Democrats of North Carolina (CDNC) and the North Carolina Association of Teen Democrats (NCATD) unanimously passed a resolution which calls for Representative Duane Hall to resign from the General Assembly and drop out of the race for reelection District 11 due to his pattern of sexual harassment.

The resolution states the following:

“Whereas Representative Duane Hall has been reported to have a pattern of inappropriate behavior, including unwanted physical and verbal sexual advances on numerous women working in North Carolina politics; and

Whereas Representative Hall has admitted to unwanted sexual conduct, specifically kissing a woman against her will; and

Whereas multiple people witnessed first-hand and attempted to intervene with Representative Hall harassing a woman at the 2016 Equality NC Gala; and

Whereas the Charlotte Observer editorial board wrote that “the allegations against Hall are substantial and credible” and “numerous, and they’re backed up by people willing to go on the record” and that “he should resign immediately”; and

Whereas Governor Roy Cooper and Chairman Wayne Goodwin have already called for his immediate resignation; and

Whereas over 30 party leaders, DNC representatives, and Democratic members of the State House and Senate from Senator Terry Van Duyn in the west to Representative Deb Butler in the east, have asked him to resign; and

Whereas Minority Leader Representative Darren Jackson specifically said “the allegations surrounding Representative Duane Hall are serious and the women involved deserve to be heard and supported,”

Whereas the Young Democrats of North Carolina reiterate our original statement which “condemns--in the strongest of terms--harassment, assault, and gender-based violence of any kind” and that “as both current and future leaders of the Democratic Party, we will not tolerate behavior from any leader which compromises our most deeply held values of dignity, fairness and justice”; and

Whereas, Representative Hall’s actions make it impossible for him to do the job he was elected to do representing Democratic values; and, most importantly,

Whereas this body should take immediate action to stand with the women of this party, especially with the young women who have bravely come forward to say that Time’s Up;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, for justice, fairness, and respect, and for the benefit of the YDNC and for the state of North Carolina, YDNC demands Representative Duane Hall should resign effective immediately and not continue to seek re-election.”

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

YDNC Elects New Executive Board for 2018-2019 by Young Democrats of NC YDNC

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YDNC Elects New Executive Board for 2018-2019 Following Bylaws Changes from Previous Year

The Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) met in Charlotte, North Carolina this past weekend to hold their annual State Convention on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. On Sunday April 8th, a new slate of young leaders were elected to serve on the 2018-2019 YDNC Executive Board. The newly elected officers are as follows:

  • President: Anne Evangelista (Boone, Watauga County)

  • Executive Vice President: Matt Hughes (Hillsborough, Orange County)

  • Vice President of Communications: Lorenzo Pedro (Morganton, Burke County)

  • Vice President of Membership: Lindsay Macchio (Chapel Hill, Orange County)

  • Vice President of Development: Devonte Wilson (West End, Moore County)

  • Secretary: Shannon Auer (Hickory, Catawba County)

  • National Committee Representative: Ebony West (Chapel Hill, Orange County)

  • National Committee Representative: Colby Moore (Greensboro, Guilford County)

I am hopeful of all that this team will accomplish this year,” said President Anne Evangelista. “I’ve heard from all over the state that we need to get back to the basics—to listen, to organize, and to invest in local chapter leadership to make our organization stronger as we enter the 2018 midterm elections—and that is exactly what we are going to do.”

This election marks the first after significant bylaws changes to executive board positions last year. Aside from a restructure to the three vice president positions, the YDNC Executive Committee approved an amendment to its bylaws to make room for more transgender and non-binary leaders to join its Executive Board. Specifically, the YDNC National Committeeman and Committeewoman positions have been changed to YDNC National Committee Representative positions.

“By making the Young Democrats of North Carolina Executive Board more open and inclusive to transgender or non-binary individuals, we take an important step to show all North Carolinians that our party stands for them,” YDNC National Committee Representative and Charter & Bylaws Committee Chair Colby Moore said in response to the bylaws change. “At a time where Republicans in Raleigh continue to attack transgender individuals, the Young Democrats actively seeks to encourage diverse leadership. We’re proud to see this important shift is happening across the country with numerous other Young Democrats chapters and the Young Democrats of America. We look forward to working with the North Carolina Democratic Party and their other auxiliaries to open up their leadership structures to be more inclusive as well.”

Before these new changes, YDNC bylaws conflated biological sex with gender identity, with eligibility for National Committeeman requiring the candidate be male and eligibility for National Committeewoman requiring the candidate to be female. Furthermore, the bylaws required that a candidate identify within the gender binary. The new bylaws simply require that national committee representatives identify as different genders from each other.

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

YDNC Statement on Allegations Against Duane Hall by khaetlyn grindell

The Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) stand with the individuals who have come forward about the reprehensible actions of Representative Duane Hall. As an organization, YDNC condemns—in the strongest of terms—harassment, assault, and gender-based violence of any kind.

Furthermore, as both current and future leaders of the Democratic Party, we will not tolerate behavior from any leader that compromises our most deeply held values of dignity, fairness, and justice. YDNC looks forward to the swift resignation of any elected Democrat who stands in contrast to these values so that we may put forth our efforts to support and elect leaders who will embody the ideals of our Party.

Most importantly, many who have come forward are young leaders and activists in our Party. Young people across the nation have recently reclaimed power in speaking their truths, from #MeToo to #NeverAgain, despite immense personal risk. We must remember to listen to and elevate those voices in our own communities when they courageously speak out.

We hope that the bravery demonstrated by these individuals will be seen as a strength and an asset in their future careers and within our Party. We encourage the current membership and alumni of YDNC to offer their support to these individuals in any way possible. Lastly, we ask our general membership to both challenge the narratives that attempt to discredit victims and to confront the rigid gender norms which harm us all.

Save-the-Date: Convention 2018 ✨ by khaetlyn grindell

The Young Democrats of North Carolina, the College Democrats of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Association of Teen Democrats invite young people all across the state to join us at the 2018 State Convention and to celebrate the 90th anniversary of YDNC.

What: YDNC/CDNC/NCATD Convention 2018
When: Friday, April 6th - Sunday, April 8th
Where: Charlotte, NC

“The Democratic Party has changed significantly in the past 90 years. The Young Democrats of North Carolina stand as a testament to the hard work of activists and young people who made us the organization we are today,” states Ebony West, President of YDNC. “As the largest progressive political organization for young people in the state, we look forward to inviting new members and making our big tent party even more inclusive at the 2018 Convention.”

As organizations chartered through the YDNC umbrella, CDNC and NCATD share in this nearly century-long legacy of engaging young North Carolinians in progressive politics.

“90 years of progress, activism, and developing leaders is a landmark in the field of youth engagement. This achievement serves as a further testament to the dedication over the years shown by folks like; Secretary Elaine Marshall, Governors Cooper and Hunt, in which all of whom began their political journeys here. CDNC is remembering this 90th year by renewing our promise and dedication to ensuring the future success of our members,” states John Easterling III, President of CDNC.

This state convention will bring together CDNC’s first ever community college chapter, 3 HBCU'S, 12 private universities, and 11 schools apart of the UNC public university system. Additionally, a number of high school students will be in attendance through the North Carolina Association of Teen Democrats.

“The North Carolina Association of Teen Democrats is ecstatic to invite involved high school students from across North Carolina to come together this April as we collaborate and organize ahead of the vital 2018 midterm elections,” says NCATD President Bennett Stillerman. “The 2018 convention will be a great opportunity to look back at our past year, network with fellow progressives across our state, and develop a path forward as we fight to help Democrats take back the General Assembly this fall.”

Established in 1928, the Young Democrats of North Carolina is the oldest youth arm of the Democratic Party in the United States.

YDNC Statement on the GOP Attacks Against Elaine Marshall by khaetlyn grindell

The Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) condemn in the strongest of terms the N.C. Republican attempts to impeach Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. In the absence of any legal direction from the State or law enforcement agency and without any evidence of wrongdoing, it is clear this attack on Secretary Marshall is nothing more than a partisan witch hunt.

“Instead of working to improve the economy, education, or environment for North Carolinians, Republicans continue to spend their time and energy on attacking an honorable public servant,” said Ebony West. YDNC President. “The people of North Carolina will remember the priorities of the Republican Party in the next election.”

Secretary Marshall is the first woman elected to the Council of State in North Carolina. She also formerly served as a YDNC National Committeewoman.

YDNC Statement on Paris Climate Accords by khaetlyn grindell

Although the Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) is deeply disappointed that President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Climate Accords, YDNC is hopeful that North Carolina mayors will lead us into a future in which all North Carolinians can thrive.

Trump’s failure to position the United States as a world leader has compromised the nation’s opportunity to build a clean energy economy, create high-paying jobs, achieve energy independence, and ensure that America’s communities and natural beauty can flourish for future generations. However, a number of mayors in North Carolina have committed to honoring the Paris agreement, including the mayors of Asheville, Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, Hillsborough, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem.

“As young people, we’re proud to see mayors across our state take the lead for our future,” said Bekah Whilden, YDNC national committeewoman. “Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing our generation. Young voters will surely remember elected officials who stand on the side of the environment.”

The weight of North Carolina’s future cannot be shouldered by just a handful of cities. YDNC looks forward to every mayor’s commitment to the economic and environmental future of communities all across the state.

YDNC Statement on HB2 Repeal by khaetlyn grindell

The Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) maintains that the actions of the Republican controlled General Assembly are the only reason why HB2 exists in the first place and remain disappointed that Republican lawmakers are forcing Governor Cooper into a compromised repeal of HB2.

“Young people want a state government that respects local control of cities and doesn’t compromise on civil rights,” said Ebony West, YDNC President. “It’s clear that the only way we will see a clean repeal of HB2 is if we elect progressives to the general assembly and overcome the gerrymandering which has created extreme and unfair representation in Raleigh.”

YDNC stands in solidarity with the LGBTQIA community and reaffirms its commitment to working alongside and supporting those most marginalized by unjust laws.