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    DA China Celebrates First Elected Leadership Team

    On June 11, 2017, Democrats Abroad (DA) members in China gathered to celebrate the first elected leadership team and pay tribute to the contributions of members saying farewell to China, including Ada Shen, Rich Welch, Erin Campeau, Christine Pernin, Radha Chaddah, and Avery Ince.

    DA China Vice Chair Samantha Wong presents a cake to Rich Welch, Ada Shen, and other members to thank them for their years of hard work.

    This celebration included DA members - new and old - and was held in Beijing. Some members even traveled in from other cities in China to participate in this inaugural event. Also in attendance from Hong Kong was Shaun Barnes, DA Asia-Pacific Regional Vice-Chair.

    The official DA China logo on display for the first time on posters and t-shirts.

    The occasion was marked by farewell speeches from our friends Ada Shen and Rich Welch, both of whom have plans to leave China. They spoke to the gathered members about their hopes for the future of DA China and offered their continued support especially to the incoming leadership. DA Asia-Pacific Regional Vice-Chair Shaun Barnes and DA China Chair Aaron Kruse also shared remarks expressing their enthusiasm and optimism for the start of the new China country committee.

    From left: DA China members - Joseph Good and James Bernard, DA Asia-Pacific Regional Vice-Chair - Shaun Barnes, Rich Welch, DA China Chair - Aaron Kruse, and Ada Shen.

    Both Ada and Rich helped usher the membership through the process of establishing a country committee for China within the global Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) structure. They laid the groundwork for the incoming leadership team -- communicating with the DPCA about requirements, proposing bylaws, notifying members, and so much more. They organized the election for DA China leadership on May 6, 2017 with gatherings in Beijing and Shanghai, and connected by WebEx to allow members in other locations to participate remotely. Finally, Ada and Rich, along with DA China leaders Aaron Kruse (Chair), Samantha Wong (Vice-Chair), and Randi Miller (Legal) traveled to Washington, DC to attend the Annual DPCA Global Meeting, witnessing the official vote to admit DA China on May 15, 2017.

    Original Event: Celebrate with Democrats Abroad China, 6/11/2017

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    Press Release: Democrats Abroad China Leadership Election and AGM Updates


    For immediate release

    Jun 14, 2017


    Democrats Abroad China Elects an Executive Committee, Gets Confirmed as an Official Country Committee at 2017 AGM


    China - Democrats Abroad China elected its first-ever Executive Committee at their Annual General Meeting on May 6. The following week, from May 12-15, five representatives of DA China attended the DA Global AGM in Washington DC, where DA China was unanimously accepted into Democrats Abroad as an official country committee.


    The incoming DA China leadership is responsible for upholding and supporting the work of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad among American expatriates in China. DA China announces the following newly elected leaders:


    Chair – Aaron Kruse

    Vice Chair – Samantha Wong

    Secretary – Elizabeth Jenkins

    Treasurer – Jim Spear

    Legal Counsel – Randi Miller

    Communications/IT – Chris Zombik

    Members-At-Large – Kira Leinonen, Phong Quan, James Flanagan, Faith Gary, Joshua Lally


    The creation of an official country committee for China is notable as the result of more than 10 years of informal organizing by dedicated Democrats in China. An official presence for DA in China is more important than ever now that American politics has come to the forefront of global concern under the Trump administration. DA China aims to be the point of contact for Americans living in China to more actively connect with government and civic engagement back home.


    “We are thrilled to finally have an official country committee for DA China,” says Aaron Kruse, DA China’s newly-elected Chair. “This milestone coincides with our reaching a critical new level of engagement and interest from Americans living in China. We are incredibly excited to grow this organization and help our members get involved politically with what is happening back in the U.S.”


    The leadership elections were just the first step in an upcoming program of activities planned by DA China. For more information, please visit our website at


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