Caucus Chartering

How to charter a caucus? YDWA Advocacy Director Genevieve Huard and Communications Director LaKecia Farmer will present on the rules and expectations of YDWA Caucuses at 11am Saturday February 27 in room “Discovery C” during YDWA Convention. The first step to working with YDWA to advocate for the issue you’re most passionate about is to […]

Announcing YDWA’s 2016 Legislative Priorities!

It’s time for YDWA Lobby Day 2016! We’re so excited to have Young Democrats from across the state join us in Olympia next Monday (February 15) to lobby on our 2016 legislative priorities. Don’t miss out! Register by tomorrow (February 11) and we’ll see you on Monday. Learn more about what to expect at YDWA’s Lobby […]

Convention Keynote Announced

YDWA is thrilled to announce Cameron Whitten as this year’s convention keynote! Cameron Whitten is a civic entrepreneur, storyteller, and Executive Director of Know Your City. He is currently finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at Portland State University and has been engaged with nonprofit, civic, and political causes in Portland for his entire adult […]

Time Capsule Launch Party

The Young Democrats of Washington gathered in our state’s Capital on Wednesday to launch our 2016 Time Capsule project. Thanks to all the legislators, legislative staff, candidates, and other Olympians who came out make our launch party such a success! There are a number of people we need to thank, starting with Yakima City Councilmember Dulce Gutierrez, […]

16 Reasons You Should Register for Convention

YDWA’s exceptional and hilarious National Committeeman, Phil Gardner, has 16 reasons for you to attend convention. And really, why argue? Are you a Millennial and/or younger than 36 youth in the PNW? Do you dislike the words that come out of Donald Trump’s mouth? Do you support Radical Left-Wing Ideas like birth control and polar […]

Looking Forward on Higher Ed: Funding the State Need Grant Should Be A Priority

This blog post was written by Noah An, chair of the Higher Education Caucus. Back in August, I wrote about the tuition cuts that were greeting in-state college students here in Washington as they returned to campus. In that post, I discussed some of the downsides of the bipartisan tuition cut, including the cutting of […]

LIVE*, from the Cornfields of Iowa: YDWA at the Young Democrats of America Fall Meeting

Did you know there are Young Democrats outside of Washington State? It’s true! Last weekend, your YDWA President (Lynda Foster) and your YDWA National Committeeman (that’d be me) travelled to extant Des Moines, Iowa, for the Young Democrats of America Fall Meeting. The second Democratic presidential debate was by far the highlight of the weekend. […]

YDWA at the JSA Convention

Last Saturday, Ian Jacobson, Laura Williams, Josh Cole and Sarah Kohout were invite to a table at the Junior Statesmen of America (JSA) convention in SeaTac. We were invited by the convention planners, all student volunteers, to fight political apathy in high school students. We had a great time staffing the table and talking to the […]

Seeking: Advocacy Director to Join Gov Affairs Team

Greetings Young Democrats! Do you have what it takes to lead our advocacy team? YDWA is seeking a collaborative worker to assist the VP of Government affairs and Policy Director in managing YDWA caucus leaders and driving forward issue-based advocacy among members. Job duties include: Working with the Department of Government Affairs to finalize and […]

On Transgender People of Color

The People’s Caucus of Color has released a statement regarding the representation of Transgender People of Color.  Akua Asare-Konadu, the chair, can be reached at for additional comments. Basics Though there are many individual perspectives on Gender Identity the aim of this statement is to focus on representation of Trans People of Color (POC).  A good […]

YDWA’s 2015 Election Roundup!

Election season has come and gone, complete with a range of victories and losses for Democrats across the state. Here is YDWA’s 2015 Election Roundup! In an historic election, Yakima YDWA Priority candidate Dulce Gutierrez and Avina Gutierrez had decisive victories, becoming the first first Latino city council members! A third Latino candidate- Carmen Mendez- […]

First Presidential Debate and Straw Poll!

The true winners of the first presidential debate? Democrats! YDWA hosted a watch party at the West of Lenin theater in Freemont and gathered a crowd to hear the Democratic candidates debate policy, explain their voting records, and touch on their vision for America. With each attendant’s ticket they purchased a straw poll T-shirt, with […]