Thurston County
Young Democrats
We're leading the call for change.

3rd Tuesday • 7:00pm
Three Magnets Brewery, Olympia
"The Young Democrats were essential to my victory in November 2017.
Lisa Parsley
Olympia City Councillor
A history of action in Thurston
In 2016, Lisa Herzog got together five friends over a pitcher of beer and an idea - to bring young people home to the Democratic Party. From that conversation, the Thurston County Young Democrats relaunched, advancing progressive change across Thurston County.

In 2017, Chair Kento Azegami of Olympia led TCYD to become a force in Thurston County politics. Beginning with hosting the Young Democrats of Washington 2017 State Convention in Olympia, TCYD went on to send the plurality of Washington's delegation to the Young Democrats of America 2017 National Convention. TCYD ended the year with decisive action for Lisa Parsley's successful campaign for the Olympia City Council, delivering her the largest margin of victory in a competitive race that year.

In 2018, led by Chair Veronica Whitcher of Lacey, TCYD organized the field operations for the Home Fund, a successful ballot initiative to build permanent supportive housing through a modest sales tax increase. Through TCYD's efforts, the Home Fund passed with over 60% of voters approving this important initiative.

TCYD continues to take action and create change across Thurston County. 

"The energy in TCYD is indescribable.
We work hard, we play hard,
we make change, and we won't stop.
Kento Azegami
Olympia Planning Commission

Leadership for the future
TCYD's Executive Board is leading the way for progress in Thurston County.
Michael Tobias
Tumwater
Chair

Mike joined TCYD after Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton called for youth to stay involved in the Democratic Party. He also serves as a member of the Tumwater Planning Commission.
Sara Kate Develle
Olympia
Vice-Chair

Sara Kate has worked in a wide variety of campaign and legislative roles. Originally from Vancouver, Sara Kate currently serves as a Legislative Aide.
Kento Azegami
Downtown Olympia
Secretary

Kento helped jumpstart TCYD and led it to become a political force in Thurston County. He also is active in his neighborhood association.
Dontae Payne
Olympia
Treasurer

Dontae is an MPA candidate at The Evergreen State College. He and his husband are the proud parents of a girl.
"The Young Democrats is where I truly learned how to stand up and make change in my town."
Veronica Whitcher
Vice Chair
Thurston County Democratic Women

Join the Young Democrats
If you consider yourself a Democrat,
live in Thurston County or a neighbor,
and are under the age of 36,
you're one of us.

We meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month,
at 7:00 pm, in Downtown Olympia,
at Equal Latin Restaurant and Bar
(520 4th Ave E, all ages welcome)