Who We Are

  • Founded more than 40 years ago by Congressman Henry Waxman, Congressman Howard Berman,  former Los Angeles City Controller Rick Tuttle and others, Los Angeles County Young Democrats is the largest organization in Southern California focused on giving young people a voice and a vehicle for activism in local, state, and federal political issues.
  • With more than 1,400 members and supporters, LACYD is one of the largest young professional clubs of any kind in Southern California, and as of 2012, LACYD is the largest Young Democratic Club in the State of California.
  • Former board members include:
    • Congressmember Howard Berman (co-founder)
    • Congressmember Henry Waxman (co-founder)
    • Former Los Angeles City Controller Rick Tuttle (co-founder)
    • Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky
    • Los Angeles City Councilmember Eric Garcetti
    • LAUSD Board Member Tamar Galatzan
    • Torrance City Councilmember Cliff Numark
    • Democratic National Committee Member Becca Doten
    • Assembly Candidate and Democratic National Committee Member Andrew Lachman
    • City Council Candidate and Former LA Council District 14 Chief of Staff Ana Cubas
    • Englander and Associates Founder Harvey Englander
    • Cerrell and Associates Executive VP Kristen Montet-Lonner
    • Managing Director of Mercury Public Affairs Glenn Gritzner
  • We are the most effective messengers to the most important voters for Democrats.
    • Election after election, exit polls demonstrate that when young people vote, Democrats win elections.  As the largest organization in Southern California focused on giving young people a voice and a vehicle for activism in local, state, and federal political issues, LACYD has the unique ability to reach out to young voters on a peer-to-peer basis.
  • We activate young voters
    • LACYD members actively engage in campaigns for our endorsed candidates by walking precincts making calls at phone banks, and sharing information about our candidates with their ever-expanding social networks of friends and colleagues.

Recent Success: LACYD in 2011

  • In 2011, we worked to get good Democrats elected to office and hosted “get out the vote” events for candidates for Los Angeles City Council, West Hollywood City Council, Congressional District 36 and the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees.
  • We helped spread the word about our endorsed candidates to networks of young professionals, featuring endorsed candidates in LACYD newsletter.
  • We collaborated with other Democratic clubs to raise money from young Democrats so we could reach out specifically to young Democrats
  • In a runoff between Scott Svonkin (LACYD’s endorsed candidate for the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees) and a tea-party Republican, LACYD worked with four other regional young Democratic clubs to raise money to support Svonkin’s campaign.  Not only were thousands of dollars raised, but that money was dedicated to young-voter outreach and paid for voter contacts with 15,000 permanent absentee voting young Democrats in Los Angeles County.  Not only did Svonkin defeat his tea-party opponent, but by activating young voters in an off-year special runoff election, we increased the chances that they would vote again in the future.
  • We have helped good Democrats running for office win campaigns.  LACYD-endorsed candidates in 2011 included:
  • United States Congressional District 36 (Special Election)
    • Janice Hahn
  • Los Angeles City Council
    • Council District 2- Paul Krekorian
    • Council District 4- Tom LaBonge
    • Council District 8- Bernard C. Parks
    • Council District 10- Herb J. Wesson Jr.
    • Council District 14- Jose Huizar
    • Council District 15 (Special Election) – Joe Buscaino
  • Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education
    • Board District 3- Tamar Galatzan
    • Board District 7- Dr. Richard Vladovic
  • Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees 
    • Board District 1- Mona Field
    • Board District 3- Steve Veres
    • Board District 5- Scott Svonkin
    • Board District 7- Miguel Santiago
  • West Hollywood City Council
    • John Heilman
    • Abbe Land
  • Pasadena City Council
    • Council District 1- Jacque Robinson
  • South Gate City Council
    • Jorge Morales

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