Statewide

KYD Statewide Leadership

The Kentucky Young Democrats Executive Committee consists of elected officers and ex-officio members.  The KYD Executive Committee assists local chapters and sets policy and programming for our organization.

2018-2019 KYD Executive Committee

Elected Officers

Clayton Brown, President (bio)
Lauren Tussey, National Committee Member (bio)
Seth Woods, National Committee Member (bio)
Will Hurst, Vice President of Programming (bio)
Ariana Velasquez, Vice President of Recruitment & Expansion (bio)
Krystal Spencer, Secretary (bio)
Logan Gatti, Treasurer (bio)

Ex-Officio Members

Sharon Murphy, Minority Affairs Director

Richard Becker, Labor Relations Director

Gracie Lagadinos, Women's Issues Director

Ashanti Scott, Deputy Women's Issues Director

Greg Welch, Community Service Director

 

Daniel Hurt, Political Affairs Chair

Sarah Thomas, Finance Chair

Austin Redmon, Rules & Charter Chair

 

Oscar Heithaus, College Democrats of Kentucky President

Kevin Short, High School Democrats of Kentucky President

Executive Committee Biographies

Clayton Brown, President

Clayton Brown has lived all over Kentucky, from Fayette, Oldham, Estill, and currently in Shelby County. He is a 2014 graduate from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a member of Honor Societies Omicron Delta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha.

While Clayton has always had an interest in politics, he first got involved when he interned in Frankfort for State Representative Susan Westrom. He has worked on several State House and local races and works as a freelance web developer for campaigns and non-profits.

Clayton serves as President of the Shelby County Young Democrats and previously was the 4th Congressional District Director and Rules Chair for the Kentucky Young Democrats.

Twitter: @ClaytonBrownKY

 

Lauren Tussey, National Committee Member

Lauren Audrey Tussey was born and raised in Ashland, Kentucky. She received her Masters Degree in English from Marshall University in December 2015 where she graduated with distinction, taught for the university, and published several works of literature.  

Upon finishing graduate school, Tussey became the president of the Boyd County Young Democrats, a position she feels has allowed her to take a hands-on role in her community and further ignite a political spark within her. She has served as a Regional Director of the Kentucky Young Democrats and is a proud 2017 Emerge Kentucky graduate. 

Tussey currently serves as the National Committee Woman of the Kentucky Young Democrats and looks forward to continue her service of the Commonwealth on a national level. She also serves as the Vice Chairwoman of the Young Democrats of America Labor Caucus and as the Chairwoman of the YDA South East Region Membership Committee. 

Currently, Tussey lives in Catlettsburg, Kentucky where she works as a financial planner providing life insurance and retirement options to her community-- while still making time to run campaigns to elect strong, labor focused democratic candidates to public office.

 

Seth Woods, National Committee Member

Seth Woods has been an engaged and devoted young Democrat for years. While serving as an officer for 3 years in the Centre College Democrats, Seth started as a canvass leader for Governor Steve Beshear's campaign in 2007. After graduating, Seth was a field organizer for the Obama campaign in North Dakota and Wisconsin before returning to Kentucky as a special election field director in 2009. After working several years for a DC-based non-profit, he helped establish a local KYD chapter in the Buffalo Trace region in 2016, serving as chapter president when it was awarded the Ned Breathitt "Chapter of the Year" in 2017. As Kentucky's delegate to the YDA Rules Committee in Dallas, Seth developed an interest in promoting Young Democrat initiatives and reforms, and at the 2018 KYD convention was elected as a National Committee Member. He also serves on the YDA Southeast Region Communications Team.

Serving a two-year term the KYD executive committee, Seth's agenda focuses on making KYD and YDA a more inclusive environment that brings more young people into leadership roles in party politics. One of his most recent achievements was the passage of an amendment opening YD national committee positions to people of all gender identities, which was passed by acclamation at the 2018 KYD convention.

A resident of Minerva, Seth is also a member of the Mason County Democratic Executive Committee and was honored as a "Rising Star" by the Northern Kentucky Democratic Party in 2017. He is currently enrolled as a student at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Facebook: Seth Woods

 

Ariana Velasquez, Vice President of Recruitment & Expansion

Ariana Velasquez is a graduate of Big Sandy Community and Technical College and now studies Political Science at the University of Louisville with a concentration in Law and Public Policy. She is an activist, writer, musician, dancer, and proud Appalachian woman hailing from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. She has been active in politics all her life, working on numerous local and state races as well as singing and playing bluegrass at Democratic Party functions.

She has been active in Young Democrats since she was fifteen and served previously as Pike County Young Democrats VP and President as well as KY 5th district regional director. In 2017, she was awarded the “Democrat of the Year” award for her work fighting white supremacy and promoting equality.

She is a member of the KY Democratic Party State Central Executive Committee for the 5th congressional district where she also sits on the Pike County Democratic Party Executive Committee.

 

Krystal Spencer, Secretary

 

Logan Gatti, Treasurer

Logan Gatti was born and raised in Louisville. He received his Master’s in Business Administration in 2014 and his undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political in 2012, all from the University of Louisville. Logan has worked as a graduate assistant for the Department of Economics at UofL and been an active contributor to several Democratic and non-partisan campaigns in the Louisville area. He currently works for Humana in Operational Risk Management, assisting the company in audit readiness and compliance. He also owns and operates a small property management company.

Logan was a candidate for State Representative in Kentucky’s 40th District, which includes many of the neighborhoods around UofL and South Louisville. Logan began his work with Young Democrats in 2014, when he was elected Secretary of the Louisville Young Democrats. He became the President of LYD in 2017 and led that organization until early 2019. Logan was appointed Kentucky Young Democrats Vice President of Programming in 2018 and was elected to the position of Treasurer for KYD in 2019. He plans to utilize this role to capitalize on the fundraising potential of the organization.

Logan and his wife Jasmine live in Old Louisville and enjoy walking through the neighborhood to Central Park with their dog Randy. Logan plays league softball and basketball, and is looking forward to starting a Kentucky Young Democrats band!