Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats Elect Executive Board in Preparation for 2018 Midterms

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (April 18, 2017) —The Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats (EPYD) elected five members of the community to serve on its Executive Board earlier this month with the goal of leveraging the talents of young people in our community to lay a strong foundation for the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.

The Executive Board is comprised of five positions elected by the membership of the chapter: Emma Lindsey-Severns of Shepherdstown was elected President, Aneesh Sompalli of Martinsburg was elected Executive Vice President, Alex Orton of Shenandoah Junction was elected Vice President of Programming, Jeremy Cook of Shepherdstown was elected Secretary, and Matt Frye of Charles Town was elected Treasurer.

“We look forward to serving our community as the new Executive Board of the Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats,” said Lindsey-Severns, President of the Executive Board. “What we’re seeing in our local and state politics is alarming, and it’s important that we ensure young people in the Eastern Panhandle are heard. I hope that we can provide an organization that fosters engagement and increases political participation for local Young Democrats.”

For their first event since the election of the board, EPYD hosted the West Virginia Young Democrats annual state convention at Shepherd University. The two day convention featured guest presentations from Belinda Biafore, the West Virginia Democratic Party chair, and Louis Elrod, current national president of Young Democrats of America. A variety of guest speakers discussed political strategies for the 2018 midterm elections and workshops on how to effectively run for office as a young person.  The event also served as an opportunity for young people in the Eastern Panhandle to meet other activists and connect with the young leaders from across West Virginia.

During the convention, Samuel Brown VII of Shepherdstown was elected as Vice President of Communications on the State Executive Board, and Sammi Brown of Charles Town was elected as Vice President of Membership on the State Executive Board.

“It was great to see young people from across the state come together to discuss solutions and strategies for moving forward in West Virginia,” said Lindsey-Severns. “The State Executive Board’s programming provided invaluable information about what it takes to mobilize young candidates. I’m excited to see the state come together for a larger purpose and look forward to the 2018 election to put these lessons in practice.”

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats, please feel to reach out by connecting with us on Facebook at WV Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats.

About Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats

The Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats is a group of young adults working together to promote policies for a better and brighter future for all. Working with our local party, we help train and develop young people for positions in leadership, and increase the role of young people in the Democratic Party, government and society. Our membership consists of young people under the age of 36, who reside in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties. For more information or to get involved, please visit our website at www.epyoungdems.com.

Jeremy Cook
Secretary, EPYD


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