2017 Young Dem Digital Campaigns

During this year's election cycle, NJYD played an active role in promoting Young Dems running for public office throughout the state. In the final stretch of the campaign, we ran targeted Facebook ads for 23 candidates that represent our values and platform, 14 of which won their races. We couldn't be more excited to see these candidates take office and stand up for the progressive values that make New Jersey truly great. Here are some statistics from our 2017 digital campaigns: Continue reading

Statement by NJYD Black Caucus about two racially-charged insensitive acts

NEWS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date (November 3, 2017) CONTACT: Keith Jones II, Chairman njydblackcaucus@gmail.com Statement by NJYD Black Caucus about two racially-charged insensitive acts: Continue reading

Q&A with Co-Chairs of Newly Formed NJYD Labor Caucus

We’re excited to announce the formation of the New Jersey Young Democrats’ Labor Caucus! Led by Ryan Doran and Vincent Cerrito, the caucus will be focused on fighting for worker’s rights throughout the state. To learn more about what they have planned for the caucus, we sat down with Vincent and Ryan for their thoughts on everything labor.   Continue reading

Q&A with Ryan Young, Assembly Candidate in Legislative District 9

Have you ever wondered what it's like to run for public office as a Young Dem? We sat down with Ryan Young, an Assembly candidate in Legislative District 9, to hear about how his campaign has been going and what's in store between now and election day: Continue reading

2017-2019 NJYD Caucus and Administrative Positions

We're excited to announce our caucus chairs and administrative officers for the 2017-2019 NJYD term! The below roles have been filled by a range of talented, dedicated young Democrats, and we can't wait to help build New Jersey's youth presence in the political process through their leadership.    Here's the full list of our caucus and administrative officers:   Continue reading

NJYD Black Caucus Leadership Appointment

NEWS RELEASE-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDate (August 18, 2017)CONTACT:                  njydblackcaucus@gmail.com During a national moment of great uncertainty and upheaval, the New Jersey Young Democrats Black Caucus, has reformed under the direction of a new chair, Keith Jones II.  Keith currently serves as the Chairman of the Middlesex County Young Democrats and was the former Chair of the Middlesex County Young Democrats Black Caucus.  A lifelong resident of New Brunswick, he currently works as the Community Organization Specialist and Liaison to Mayor James Cahill of the City of New Brunswick.   Continue reading

InsiderNJ: Spevak Secures Another Term as NJ Young Dems Prez

Spevak Secures Another Term as NJ Young Dems Prez New Jersey Young Democrats unanimously re-elected Marshall Spevak of Camden County to another term as State President of the New Jersey Young Democrats. Pursuant to the NJYD Constitution, elections are held in odd number years prior to the national Young Democrats of America National Convention. The election and fall planning meeting took place at the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters offices in Edison. Continue reading

YDA National Convention

Dear Young Democrat, Do you look great in cowboy boots and ten gallon hats? Perhaps the idea of the rodeo in America’s heartland gets you going. Or just maybe, you have had enough with the assault on our democratic values and attacks by our president on beliefs that are quintessentially American. If any of these fit, perhaps you will join us at the Young Democrats of America National Convention in Dallas Texas from August 9th – 12th. Every two years we gather to set a national agenda, elect representatives, and further develop professional and personal democratic relationships, all while showing how New Jersey is the national leader in basically everything. (Latter part is a proven fact!) What: Young Democrats of America National Convention When: August 9th – 12th 2017 Where: The Westin Galleria, Dallas TX  Who: We Want You!  Why: As we set the national agenda for Young Democrats, it is critical that New Jersey’s voice is heard and appropriately represented. Also – one of our own is running for Women’s Caucus Chair and it is critical we deliver the votes to secure her victory. As we are putting together our delegation we would like to gauge interest. If you are interested in joining us on this trip please complete the form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5-SBOWntekWRgn-AtHoZIfEV8dAzfzMbvK4td00k4K-PLdA/viewform  Big Question: How Much Will This Trip Cost? I’m glad you asked! Obviously, the cost of a national convention in the midst of a Gubernatorial and Legislative election year is not cheap. However, it is our hope that our delegation leadership team will be able to secure the funding to cover the majority of costs (flights, hotel, registration). More information on this will be circulated to those interested in attending.  Do you want to learn a little bit more? Perhaps you want to help organize? Or maybe you just want the emails to finally end? If you do I would love to hear from you! Important Links: Sign Up to Attend Dallas Here Info on YDA National Convention Thanks again and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or get involved.   Michael Makarski North Jersey Vice President 2017 NJ Delegation Chairperson Former National Committeeman Email Writer Extraordinaire Giant Foam Texas Hat Model   But seriously, if you want to learn more: MichaelJMakarski@gmail.com 201-401-3055 @mmakarski 

Talks with Elected Young Dems: Councilman Richard Sun

Have you ever wondered what it's like to run for public office as a Young Dem, much less to win? We wanted to hear about the experience of serving as an elected official at a young age in New Jersey, so we're sitting down with a different Young Dem holding public office in the Garden State every other month. This month, we spoke with Richard Sun, a Councilman in Summit, New Jersey who took office in January of 2016. Richard's policy foci include downtown economic development, community inclusion/engagement, and the utilization of technology in government, and has served as Chair of the Public Works Committee since last year.  Continue reading

NJYD High School Leadership Academy Application

It's with great pride that I formally announce the opening of the application phase for the New Jersey Young Democrats High School Leadership Academy. From Sunday, July 23rd through Tuesday, July 25th, NJYD will be hosting a two night/three day immersive program called the High School Leadership Academy in our capital city of Trenton! High school students from across the state will spend time attending training's and workshops hosted by Democratic and Progressive allies for an all-encompassing opportunity to learn about politics, policy making, issue advocacy, and professional development from the best and brightest minds New Jersey has to offer.Apply for our High School Leadership Academy!     Continue reading