Fayette County Young Democrats
Chris Couch, President
Eli O’Neal, Vice President
Sharon Murphy, Treasurer
Noland Aull, Secretary
Travis Scheadler, Communications
Zachary Chaney, 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.
‘The Fayette County Young Democrats are the best friend to any Democratic candidate and I will be a lifelong friend to them.’Reginald Thomas
‘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
A self-proclaimed political junkie and policy-wonk, Chris is a 4thyear political science student at the University of Kentucky. He is originally from Harlan, KY, but has claimed Lexington as his home since moving in 2016.
After being disheartened by the 2016 election, Chris became as active in politics as he could. Since then, he has volunteered for several local races, interned for a gubernatorial campaign, and worked for the Kentucky Democratic Party as a field organizer based in Paducah.
Chris now serves in several leadership positions, including Political Director for the Kentucky Young Democrats LGBTQ Caucus.
He hopes he can use his position as the FCYD President to amplify Democratic values across Fayette county and build a coalition of energetic young people who are passionate about bettering our communities and government.
Eli O’Neal, a Louisville native, is currently a junior at the University of Kentucky where he studies English and Political Science. He holds a deep belief in social justice, the dignity of labor, and the good that government can do. These convictions are what drives him to join the fight for creating a more just and equitable world.
Noland Aull is the Secretary of the Fayette County Young Democrats. He is currently a Senior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in political science. Noland serves as Ambassador for the UK College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Director of Operations for the UK Student Philanthropy Board. Noland has previously served as an office intern for Alison Lundergan Grimes, as well as Secretary of the Daviess County Democratic Party.
Sharon Murphy is a Lexington, KY native who grew up in North Lexington. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Kentucky and received her Master of Public Policy, concentration in Social Policy from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
After returning to Lexington in August 2014, Sharon completed two statewide programs; Emerge Kentucky and New Leaders Kentucky. She also is volunteers at Nerd Squad. Sharon was a legislative aide to a Lexington city council member. Recently she worked for Kentucky For The Commonwealth focusing on tax policy. Currently, Sharon is a temp for a nonprofit striving to improve Lexington.
High School Director
Zachary Chaney is a junior at the University of Kentucky where he is a pre-law Community and Leadership Development major. He has worked on a plethora of campaigns ranging from national to county level. In his free time, he enjoys running marathons and riding his horse. This is Zachary’s first position with the Fayette County Young Democrats and is excited to serve as your high school director!
Travis Scheadler (Pronouns: He, Him, His) is a 2nd-year Masters student in Sport & Exercise Psychology at the University of Kentucky. He is the former Student Body President and Track & Field athlete at Wilmington College in Ohio. Currently, he studies sport for social development and peace with the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society and plans to continue his studies into a Ph.D. program in the upcoming years.
‘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