Indianapolis to host 2019 Young Democrats of America National Convention

The Young Democrats of America National Convention will take place in Indianapolis in 2019 after a successful bid for the event, the Indiana Young Democrats announced Monday.

It will be the first time the YDA National Convention will be hosted by Indianapolis in its nearly 90-year history, organizers said. The city’s bid was chosen over bids by Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Chicago.

The July 16-22 event is expected to attract 900 attendees and have a potential economic impact of $800,000.

Indianapolis received 102 out of 129 possible votes from YDA national committee members who voted on the host site Sunday afternoon at a meeting in Salt Lake City.

YDA has more than 150,000 members, with chapters in 48 states and U.S. territories. The YDA National Convention takes place every other year, with the last one hosted in Dallas in 2017.

The Indiana Young Democrats, which oversaw the local bid, operates as the official youth caucus of the Indiana Democratic Party. The group, which has grown from about 50 to more than 300 members over the past 18 months, tries to mobilize adults younger than 36 to participate in the electoral process and support the Democratic Party.

“Our party is focused on building the bench and recruiting the next generation of Hoosier Democrats,”  Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody said in written comments. “We’re building the future right here in Indiana and the Young Democrats of America convention landing in Indianapolis just accelerates that momentum.”

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