Communications Department

The Communications Department is the public face of YDWA.

Taehlor Crim, Vice President of Communications


Taehlor CrimTaehlor Crim is currently a social media assistant at Washington State University (WSU) Conference Management in Pullman, Wash. Taehlor is also a campus representative for Apple at WSU. She is very organized and enthusiastic when it comes to her work and takes great pride in her accomplishments. Taehlor is currently the president for the Young Democrats of Washington – Washington State University chapter. Within the Young Democrats of Washington, she serves as a VP of Communications. She is studying journalism with an emphasis in multimedia reporting and minoring in business administration, concentrating on marketing courses. She anticipates on graduating in December 2016. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Taehlor would like to pursue law school.

Maddie Foutch, Digital Media Director


Maddie FoutchMaddie was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. In 2012, with degrees in Business Administration and Environmental Studies from the University of Washington, she started working as an organizer. In this role she built political power for Washington’s environment.  After 3 1/2 years of community organizing at People for Puget Sound, Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters, she left to enter the political campaign world.Maddie is currently managing Tina Podlodowski’s campaign for Secretary of State in Washington. In her rare moments of spare time she disappears into the wilderness, seeks out fresh local produce to cook up, and jumps into all types and temperatures of waterbodies.

Arne Nelson, Current Affairs Director

ArneBorn in Washington, raised both here and Pennsylvania, Arne Nelson was raised in familial and Quaker traditions of progressive politics and public service. He has been politically involved since attending a rally to protest the conduct of the Iraq War with his older sister back in 2007. He brings a wealth of experience from American and Canadian politics, being involved with the progressive New Democratic Party while studying History at McGill University. He was formally elected Chairman of the Young Democrats of Kitsap County in January 2016, through this he is also a member of the Kitsap County Democratic Central Committee Executive Board. In addition he serves Kitsap County Democratic Party Platform Chair and Kitsap County’s Delegate to the State Democratic Platform Committee.

His goals are to strengthen youth involvement in politics within Kitsap County, help get younger people registered to vote for the 2016 election, and make the YDKC a viable organization for the future to come. He cannot wait to take his first campaign job for this coming election cycle and give it his all.

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