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This organization is open to King County residents under the age of 36 who declare themselves to be a Democrat. We aim to stimulate an active interest in governmental affairs and help young voters influence elections. We only endorse candidates who uphold the progressive social and economic policies our county values.

KCYD Meetings use Robert’s Rules of Order. Find an easy cheat sheet here.

Executive Board

Chair: Derek Richards  | KCYDChair@Gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Renton, WA
Legislative District: 43rd

Derek Richards has been involved with Statewide Democratic Politics since 2012 working mostly in opposition research until expanding into field organizing in 2015. Derek has served as the Events Director (2016) and Political Director (2017) of King County Young Democrats, along with serving as 2nd Vice Chair of the 37th legislative district (2017, 2018) Derek has spent his whole life in King County, growing up in Renton and later living in Skyway, WA before moving to Seattle. Derek has a focus on swing races and looks forward to righting the wrong that is the SeaTac Mayor and conservative city council that doesn’t represent the people that live in their city. Hobbies outside of politics include hiking and camping. Derek has also been playing piano for nearly 30 years and plays for Holiday Parties, Non-Profit Fundraisers and Political Events.

Vice Chair: Krystal Marx | kcydvice@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Burien, WA
Hometown: Burien, WA
Legislative District: 34th

Krystal lives in the foodie paradise of Burien (34th LD) where she is in the second year of her four-year term on the Burien City Council. When not fighting against gentrification, working to engage the city’s youth or bringing new public safety tools to the table while pushing back for being openly Bisexual/a woman/a Millennial, Krystal works in the nonprofit management world and is active as the leader of a volunteer organization focused on homeless outreach and Bystander Intervention training. Her hope, as Vice Chair, is to provide support for the Chair through organization and project/initiative management, while focusing on building membership, support and engagement South King County and increasing the funding base. Krystal attributes her passion for public service to time spent experiencing homelessness in Aberdeen, WA before moving to the affluent Eastside. She enjoys chasing her four children, in partnership with her unfairly wonderful husband, an Army combat veteran, cooking, reading, and playing Civ V way into the night.

Co-Treasurer: Sarah Dickmeyer | kcydtreasurer@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Legislative District: 43rd

Sarah Dickmeyer is a native and current Seattleite and a fundraiser for Democratic candidates and causes in Washington State. Sarah first entered politics as a media assistant on the national media buying team at GMMB for the 2012 election, and then interned in Montana Senator Jon Tester’s press office. She was a field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party in 2014 and later for the League of Conservation Voters. She also participated in the Washington Media Scholars Program and the Generation Progress 2015 Gun Violence Prevention Summit.”

Co-Treasurer: Matt Kanter | kcydtreasurer@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Redmond/Kirkland, WA
Legislative District: 36th

Matt Kanter is a self-described Punk Wonk who loves engaging with Civics, Policy, Government, Politics, and especially helping other young people gain expertise in all the above. Born and raised in East King County, Matt calls Belltown in North Downtown Seattle his home. In addition to being a former KCYD Chair he has served on the City of Seattle Disability Commission, as the founding treasurer for Friends of Historic Belltown, a 2016 fellow with the Institute for a Democratic Future, a 2016-2017 with the Get Engaged! Program, and current cohort member of the Advanced Leadership Development program with the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Academically he graduated from the Culinary Arts program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology and is finishing a Business Management degree at Western Governor’s University. He currently works at a nonprofit in Seattle working with adults who have barriers to employment (homelessness, incarceration, recovery from addiction, etc.)

Communications Director: Rio Fernandes | kcydcommdirector@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Sammamish, WA
Hometown: Sammamish, WA
Legislative District: 45th

Rio Fernandes has spent the majority of his life in the Pacific Northwest, with a short stint on the east coast gaining valuable work experience and realizing that he belongs in Washington. After working as a journalist for a few years, Rio moved into the non-profit sector before entering the political realm. He currently works as an organizer with Washington CAN, building coalitions to help improve Washington state for everyone. He got involved in politics after the 2016 Election and hopes to use his passion for storytelling to highlight the impact politics has on society and why remaining civically engaged is so important. When he’s not working, Rio is spending too much time obsessing about sports, with an emphasis on the Washington State Cougars and the Seattle Mariners, despite both routinely crushing his hopes and dreams.

Legislative Co-Director: Nicole Palczewski | KCYD.legdir@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Legislative District: 36th

Nicole Palczewski was born in Ballard and has spent her entire life living in the Pacific Northwest. After being involved in the Oregon Benton County Democrats in college and working in almost every level of government, she decided Washington was still home and has settled in Belltown (36th LD represent!). Nicole works as a nonprofit fundraiser and housing policy activist by day and hopes to help change King County policies to be stronger and more inclusive for everyone the rest of the time. When she’s not working, Nicole likes going down internet rabbit holes about completely useless information and watching documentaries, then wondering how it got so late in the day.

 

Legislative Co-Director: Cassandra Armstrong | KCYD.legdir@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Renton, WA
Legislative District: Fab 43rd

Cassandra Armstrong grew up as the daughter of entrepreneurs. After coming out as trans in 2014, she began to get slowly more politically active. She ran for Current Affairs Director and Digital Media Director at the 2018 YDWA convention, losing both elections. She campaigned with Mona Das in the 47th, Claire Wilson in the 30th, and Immaculate Ferreria in the 31st, and is currently working with Shaun Scott’s campaign for city council. After making a run for KCYD chair, she was elected Legislative Co-Director alongside Nicole Palczewski for the 2019 term. She lives in the University District of Seattle, works in Beacon Hill serving lunch to elementary school student, and enjoys biking, tacos, and riding the bus.

Political Director: Keelcy Perez | kcydpoliticaldirector@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Kennewick, WA
Legislative District: 36th

Keelcy Perez is an advocate for immigrant and human rights. Originally from Eastern Washington, she is a first-generation graduate from the University of Idaho where she triple majored in Political Science, International Studies and Spanish. She then went on to the University of Washington, School of Law to complete a master’s degree in law (Go Dawgs!). Keelcy currently works for Slalom Consulting on business immigration matters and was previously a Consultant for the City of Seattle within the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. Keelcy joins KCYD with the hopes to re-activate members’ engagement of current political elections. Other than politics, Keelcy enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her fiancé.

Events Director: Chase Cross | kcyd.events@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Legislative District: 37th

Chase Cross hails from Seattle and currently lives in the Central District on the northern edge of the 37thLD (the Fightin’ 37th!), where he was 1st Vice from 2017-2018. He does what he is told. As seen on the Daily Show.

Social Action Director: Meghan Piotrowski |KCYD.action@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Punta Gordon, FL
Legislative District: 32nd

Meghan Piotrowski moved to Seattle one year ago after completing her Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of South Florida. While working towards her undergraduate degree, Meghan also became the assistant director of a women’s clinic in Tampa Bay. Serving as the clinic’s Patient Advocate helped her realize the importance of unapologetically defending women’s reproductive rights and fighting for access to safe and legal abortion. Meghan brings several years of campaign experience, having worked as a Campus Organizer for her University, as well as her time as a Field Organizer for the 2017 Women’s March on Washington with the Feminist Majority. Meghan is currently employed at Strategies 360, the leading public affairs, communications, research, and marketing firm in the west. As a board member for the King County Young Democrats, she looks forward to joining a team of leaders who are invested in making our county an even better place to live.

At-Large Director West: Zach Lubarsky | KCYD.alw@gmail.com
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At-Large Director East: | kcyd.ale@gmail.com
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At-Large Director South: George Vadino | KCYD.als@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Federal Way, WA
Hometown: Federal Way, WA
Legislative District: 30th

George discovered his passion for politics and began working for political campaigns while attending Western Washington University. After graduating, he returned to his hometown of Federal Way looking for opportunities to engage in the community and quickly became involved with KCYD. One of George’s main goals for the year is to find new ways to recruit members from South King County. He is also looking to do whatever he can to help candidates and incumbent Democrats in the swing districts within the area. In addition to his involvement with KCYD, George serves on the Board of the 30th District Democrats as their official representative to KCYD.

KCDCC Rep. 1: Evona Cole |kcydrep1@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Port Orchard, WA
Legislative District: 34th

Evona Cole was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She has spent most of her life exploring the outdoors across Washington state. Having received a BS in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Marine Ecology, she enjoys staying near the Salish Sea and the Pacific Ocean and fighting for everyone’s access to Clean Water and a Clean Environment. She first got involved in politics at the age of 8 fighting for teacher salaries to increase and then again in 2016 when she was given a voice and vote at age 18. Her passion to serve the community and protect the rights of people from all walks of life derived from learning how marine organisms function together in a eat or be eaten world. She currently works as an Environmental Educator in hopes to spread Environmental Stewardship across the world.

KCDCC Rep. 2: Eleazar Loyo | Kcydrep2@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Legislative District: 43rd

Eleazar is a first-generation Venezuelan-American that is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Washington. Besides being a member of KCYD, he is also an active member of the 43rd District Democrats and YDUW. Eleazar has both the passion and the free time to attend political meetings. During this year, he will aim to increase the participation of young people by raising awareness of some of the constraints that have been overlooked in the past by our demographic. Additionally, he would like to increase the participation of college students at KCYD, particularly from colleges and universities that do not have YD chapters already.