Since the 1940s, the Kansas Young Democrats have fought for and represented the progressive youth of the Sunflower State. Our members range from ages 13 to 35, and represent towns from Hays to Wichita, Pittsburg to Overland Park, and everywhere in between.
On September 30th at the Kansas Democratic Party's annual Demofest convention in Wichita, Johnson County Young Democrats President Brandon Woodard was named the KDP's 2017 Young Democrat of the Year. Woodard, who also serves as the Treasurer of the Kansas Young Democrats, was honored for building the largest and most active YD chapter in the state.
"As a lifelong Kansan, a product of public schools, a first-generation college student, and openly-gay man, I know no more welcoming and empowering community than the Democratic Party," Woodard said. "Our generation represents the largest voting-age population in American history... We have so much opportunity, and so much work to do."
The Kansas Young Democrats were named the Young Democrats of America's 2017 State Chapter of the Year at the conclusion of the YDA National Convention on August 12th in Dallas, TX.
"This is a tremendous honor and a welcome recognition of the hard work we've done here in the Sunflower State," said KYD President Damien Gilbert. "However, this doesn't mark the end of our work - in fact, it's just the beginning."
The national award follows a regional award from June, when KYD was named the YDA Midwest Region's State Chapter of the Year. Region Director Hannah Wroblewski nominated Kansas for the national award in recognition of KYD's success at recruiting new chapters, raising funds, hosting a statewide convention keynoted by DNC Secretary Jason Rae, and contributing to the surprise performance by Democrat James Thompson in the KS-04 special Congressional election.
Keynoted by DNC Secretary Jason Rae and Young Democrats of America President Louis Elrod, the 2017 KYD State Convention was held at the University of Kansas on July 15th and garnered statewide media intrigue.
It was attended by 60 Young Democrats from western Kansas to Johnson County, who listened to speakers, engaged in trainings, and networked with candidates.