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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.
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.