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Jefferson Co. native heads Young Dems

August 14, 2009

CHICAGO -- The Young Democrats of America (YDA) elected Jefferson County, W.Va., native Rod Snyder as its executive vice president last weekend at the organization's national convention.

Snyder graduated in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in political science from Eastern University near Philadelphia, where he served as president of the student body. He also was president of the West Virginia Young Democrats.

He ia director of public policy with the National Corn Growers Association in Washington, D.C., and resides on his family's farm in Shenandoah Junction, W.Va. 

His national campaign primarily focused on organizing the youth vote in rural areas, as well as addressing the interplay between faith and politics, and the emerging generation of Christian progressives. He played a lead role in condemning the actions of Liberty University when the school banned its Young Democrats chapter on campus in the spring.

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In 2004, Snyder was a candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates. He was named the state's Outstanding Young Democrat of the Year in 2005. He is the son of West Virginia state Sen. Herb Snyder.

The convention was attended by more than 1,000 delegates from 42 states and territories. 

The Young Democrats of America is the largest youth-led, national, partisan political organization. YDA mobilizes young people under the age of 36 to participate in the electoral process, influences the ideals of the Democratic Party, and develops the skills of the youth generation to serve as leaders at the local and national level. YDA has been the official youth arm of the Democratic Party since 1932.

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