‘The Fayette County Young Democrats are the best friend to any Democratic candidate and I will be a lifelong friend to them.’ 

Reginald Thomas

State Senator

Fayette County Young Democrats

Mary Jo Crouch, President
John Mays, Vice President
Ashley Orr, Treasurer
Chloe Atwater, Secretary
Kaleigh Yurkew, Communications
Josh Monroe, Membership Director
Emily Cole, College Director
Allie Monch, High School Director

The Fayette County Young Democrats (FCYD) are committed to stimulating in young people an active interest in governmental affairs; to promoting the high ideals of the Democratic Party; and to representing the interests of the young citizens of this County, this Commonwealth, and this Nation.

The FCYDs promote Democratic Party values through campaign activism, direct issue advocacy, community service and social engagement.

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‘The Fayette County Young Democrats rock! They show up on time, work longer and harder than most, and impact election results year after year in Lexington and the Bluegrass Region. I owe my election success in no small measure to the Young Dems!’

- Rep. Kelly Flood

‘As Chair of the Fayette County Democratic Party, I would like to brag on our Fayette County Young Democrats. They always have our candidates backs by calling, walking, in-putting data, supporting them at events on weekends, evenings; they do what it takes.’

Betsy Farley

Former FCDP Chair



Mary-Jo-CrouchMary Jo Crouch is the President of the Fayette County Young Democrats. She currently works at the office of the Fayette County PVA. She is a 2015 graduate of the University of Kentucky, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Mary Jo has previously worked as an intern for the Alison Lundergan Grimes Senate campaign and as an intern for the FCDP. She has previously served as the Director of Communications and the Vice President of the FCYDs.

John Mays

Vice President

John_MaysJohn Mays is a student of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), and History major at Transylvania University. In addition to serving as the Vice President for the Fayette County Young Democrats, John has been the President of the Transylvania University College Democrats, the Vice President of the College Democrats of Kentucky (CDKY) caucus, the Academic Chair for the Beta Mu chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, and a runner and legal assistant at the Britton, Osborne, Johnson, PLLC Law Firm in Lexington, Kentucky.

Chloe Atwater


Chloe is our current FCYD Secretary. She is a junior at the University of Kentucky, where she is UK College Democrats Vice President, a pre-law political science major with a French minor, and a member of Chi Omega Fraternity. She has worked on a number of campaigns in capacities ranging from volunteer or intern all the way up to deputy field organizer. In her free time, Chloe enjoys catching up on current events, watching political dramas, and playing with her pet rabbit Finn.

Ashley Orr


Ashley-OrrAshley is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky, having earned a B.S. in Family Sciences and a minor in psychology. Ashley tries to stay active in her community. She was an intern for The Nest, Center for Women, Family, and Children. She also volunteers at the local YMCA as a leader for Run This Town. This is Ashley’s first position with the Fayette County Young Democrats and she is very excited to be serving as Treasurer this year!

Josh Monroe

Membership Director

Josh MonroeJosh Monroe is an Athens, Tennessee native and a 2005 graduate of Berea College. He works in monograph acquisitions for the University of Kentucky’s Libraries. He has served as Membership Director and President for the Fayette County Young Democrats and is active with Kentucky Young Democrats. He has assisted with many local campaigns throughout the years.

Emily Cole

College Director


Emily Cole is sophomore at University of Kentucky double majoring in theatre and journalism with a minor in GWS. Emily is an active member of the UK Democrats and a staff writer for the Kentucky Kernel. She is also a member of Alpha Psi Omega, a theatre honors fraternity focusing on community service and support of the arts. From her many years spent living in Chicago, Emily has developed a passion for social inequalities and hopes to help many democrats get elected in the bluegrass this year.

Allie Monck

High School Director

Allie MonckAllie Monck is a senior at Bryan Station High School. She has been involved in her school’s Young Democrats club since her sophomore year, and she started to be involved in the Fayette County Young Democrats this summer. She spent her junior year of high school studying abroad with the Rotary Youth Exchange program in Ostrava, Czech Republic. She is involved in Young Democrats because she believes strongly in gender and racial equality, immigration reform, and assisting in high-need communities.

Kaleigh Yurkew


Kaleigh-YurkewKaleigh Yurkew is a junior at the University of Kentucky studying Political Science and Gender and Women Studies. Originally from Beloit, Wisconsin, Kaleigh is loving her Kentucky home! She has worked as an intern for the Conway – Overly Campaign for Governor and is currently an intern for Secretary of State Alison Grimes. She also served as secretary of her sorority and is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, a political honors society.