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San Antonio, TX/Arlington, VA – August 12, 2013 – At the bi-annual Convention of the Young Democrats of America, Atima Omara was elected the first African-American and Virginian president of the Young Democrats of America.

“I am proud to stand to as the first black woman and first Virginian to lead the nation’s largest partisan youth organization, the Young Democrats of America,” said President Atima Omara. “In this organization’s 81 year history, there has never been an African American but I know my victory today is because of all the activists that have worked for more equality for African Americans and women.”

Omara  ran with a team representing California, Georgia, New York, Kansas, Oklahoma and Delaware for the organization’s leadership. The team was elected in a clean sweep under the banner of YDA Progress.

In addition to being the first African American and Virginian, Omara and the newly elected Executive Vice President, Honorable Erin Carlstrom of California represent the organization’s first female-led team.

“As the president of the largest partisan youth organization in America, I am glad to have the support of my fellow progressive activists and leaders,” said Omara “Looking forward, I plan to use this position to empower young leaders to be better political operatives, candidates and activists in their home communities.”

Atima Omara previously served as a Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region Director, and Chairwoman of the Women’s Caucus for the organization. She hails from Chester, VA and graduated from George Mason University, MPA, and the University of Virginia, BA. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband, Clay.

The Young Democrats of America (YDA) is the largest youth-led, national, partisan political organization. Founded in 1932, YDA has mobilized young people under the age of 36 to participate in the electoral process, influenced the ideals of the Democratic Party, and developed the skills of the youth generation to serve as leaders at the local and national level for over 80 years.