Thank you to all who voted in the 2017 DAN election. This kind of engagement in the American political process, even a world away from the action, is one of the things that makes our country great. Last night, the outgoing Board of Democrats Abroad Norway passed the baton to a brand new group of board members. Collectively, the five of us hail from both coasts and the midwest; we are professionals; we are the parents of young children; we believe in science and uphold facts; we are enthusiastic about our party’s future; and we are proud to serve our fellow Democrats in Norway.
Our predecessors have handed off a healthy, functioning organisation with a sound reputation in the community. Former Chair Lisa Cooper and her colleagues did a lot of good work in support of President Obama and the Democratic Party from a position of power, and we thank them for their service. Now that the tide has shifted sharply since last November, DAN must fulfil a different role as an integral part of the opposition. Undaunted, our new board hopes to revitalise DAN’s goals from this perspective over the next two years.
This will include escalating the engagement of registered Democrats living in Norway. We want to increase our membership and get out the vote, with a special focus on the 2018 midterms, as well as gubernatorial races between now and then. To this end, we intend to pursue the establishment of additional DAN branches around the country. We are also interested in helping our members find ways to engage with their home state and hometown politics in other ways from a distance.
We’ve already seen a jump in expat political activity since the last election, resulting in a number of new progressive activist groups, all with important platforms and goals. Among these are Indivisible Norway, where Lisa has taken a seat on the board, Women’s March Norway, and the Progressive Americans Action League (PAAL). Our hope is to coordinate with these groups and support one another, so that we can harness the power of American activists living abroad and reach our shared goals efficiently.
As always, DAN will continue to take seriously its role as the official face and voice of the Democratic Party in Norway. We will do what we can to represent our progressive principles from a position of strength, endurance, and integrity. And we’ll have some fun doing it. Join us. The work begins today!Sincerely,
The DAN Board (2017-2019)
Chair: Audrey Camp
Vice Chair: Jon Roth
Secretary: Chad Jarvis
Treasurer: Corinne Hobson
Legal Counsel: Danielle DeRose
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