Vice Chair

I have three sons and daughters and six, soon to be seven, grandchildren and I worry about the country they will find in 20 years. I believe that the Democratic Party platform, philosophy and values will promote a better future for our country, and my children and grandchildren. 


  • Special Election Secretary Position DALCC August 22, 2017 (Voting Instructions Below)

    Dear DA Lion City Member,

    A special election will be held on 22 August 2017 at 7 p.m. to fill our secretary position. It will be held at 5 Farrer Drive, Sommerville Grandeur Condominiums, 259279 in the community room.

    Please submit nominations and statement of interests via email to herro048@umn.edu no later than 5th August.

    If we receive nominations for this position prior to the election, there can be no nominations from the floor of the meeting, as those voting via email will not have the same opportunity to vote for candidates nominated from the floor and voting will already be in process. If there are no candidates for this office, nominations may be made from the floor at the election meeting.

    Once all nominations are received, we will email all of the candidate’s statements of interest and a ballot to be reviewed prior to the election.

    Options for voting: (choose one):

    Vote in person at the election meeting via paper ballot.

    Vote via proxy at the election meeting. Submit proxy form by 21st August. Please note that no proxy holder can have more than 2 proxies and that the nominations committee will recommend eligible proxy holders to people who don’t know who to ask. See attached Proxy Form https://www.scribd.com/document/354267620/DA-Lion-City-Proxy.

    Vote via email by 21st August. Please send emails to Missy Herron at herro048@umn.edu.

    Please note that you must be a member of Democrats Abroad 14 days prior to the election if casting your vote via email or proxy and 1 day prior to the election if casting your vote in person.

    The newly elected Secretary will assume their duties after the election.

    Please direct any questions to the chair of the nominations committee Missy Herron at herro048@umn.edu or to:

    David White at macondo88@gmailo.com or

    Holly Kreutter at hkreutts@hotmail.com

    Respectfully submitted on behalf of the DA Lion City Nominations and Elections Committee (2017),

    Missy Herron


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  • DA Lion City Earth Day Postcard Campaign "Home Pack"

    Democrats Abroad Lion City is commemorating Earth Day 2017 with an event on 22nd April that includes a post card campaign. We are sending them to elected representatives calling on them for greater action and commitment to environmental protection. We urge you to join us at the event and should you be unavailable to attend please consider preparing a post card, a letter or two to your elected representatives. Several sample texts are provided below for your convenience.

    Sample Text for Post Cards

    Earth Day 

     

    From an Adult Re Rein’s Act S.21:

    [Your First Name and Surname]

    [Your US Address if you have one. Do not use your Singapore Address]

                                                   [Date]    

     The Honorable [Name of the elected official-First and Last]

    [Address Line 1]

    [Address Line 2]

    [City, State, Zip Code]

     

    Dear Senator [Surname]:

    I am a regular [district number] voter.  I am writing from Singapore where I [or my spouse] am [is] on a temporary work assignment.  

    Please vote NO on the REINs Act S.21, which would require congressional approval for any new rule from federal agencies.  This would be a big hand out to special interests and prevent any meaningful regulations from being passed without massive gridlock. 

    Thank you, 

    [Signature]

    [US address if you have one, if not, name of town you are registered in and zip code]  

     

    Address your postcard to:

     

    The Honorable [Name of elected official First and Last Name]

    [Address line 1]

    [Address line 2]

    [City], [State] [Zip Code] USA

     

    From a Child Re Rein’s Act S.21:

     

    Dear Senator [Surname],

     

    My parents are regular voters from [district number].  I am writing from Singapore where my [parents] are on a temporary work assignment.  

    Please vote NO on Reins Act S.21, which would require congress to approve new rules from federal agencies.  This will make it too hard to get anything done.  

     

    With Respect and Thanks,

    [Signature] Grade [number]

    [U.S. address if you have one, if not, name of town where your parents are registered and Zip Code]

     

     

    From Adult Re S.J Res. 11

     

    Dear Senator [Surname],

    I am a regular [District number] voter.  I am writing from Singapore where I [or my spouse] am [is] on a temporary work assignment.  

    Please Vote NO on S.J Res. 11, which would overturn the BLM Methane and Gas Waste Rule.  The rule requires the oil and gas industry to reduce leaks on public and tribal lands by deploying widely accepted technology.  Leaked gas has VOC, which causes asthma and cancer and can easily be captured.  In addition, according to BLM, capturing this gas would lead to net revenues of 46 to 204 million per year. 

    Thank You,

    [Signature]

    [US address if you have one, if not, name of town you are registered in and zip code]  

     

    Address your postcard to:

    The Honorable [Name of elected official First and Last Name]

    [Address line 1]

    [Address line 2]

    [City], [State] [Zip Code]  USA

     

    From a Child Re SJ Res.11:

     

    Dear Senator [Surname],

     

    My parents are regular voters from [district number].  I am writing from Singapore where my [parents] are on a temporary work assignment.  

    Please Vote NO on S.J Res. 11, which would overturn the BLM Methane and Gas Waste Rule.  The rule requires oil and gas companies to reduce leaks on public and tribal lands by using proper technology.  Leaked gas has VOC, which causes asthma and cancer and can easily be captured.  The BLM says that capturing this gas could earn 46 to 204 million dollars per year. 

    With Respect and Thanks,

    [Signature] Grade [number]

    [U.S. address if you have one, if not, name of the town where your parents are registered and Zip Code]

     

    From Adult Re the HONEST Act H.R. 1430

     

    Dear Senator [Surname],

    I am a regular [District number] voter.  I am writing from Singapore where I [or my spouse] am [is] on a temporary work assignment.  

    If a Senate version of the Honest Act H.R. 1430, which passed the House, is introduced please do not support it.  The Act prevents the EPA from using any scientific research that is not publically available.   This can hamper taking action in emergency situations where not all information is publically available; discourages industries from sharing confidential information with regulators; and creates massive conflicts of interest. 

    Thank You,

    [Signature]

    [US address if you have one, if not, name of town you are registered in and zip code]  

     

    Address your postcard to:

    The Honorable [Name of elected official First and Last Name]

    [Address line 1]

    [Address line 2]

    [City], [State] [Zip Code]  USA

     

     

     

       

    From Child Re the HONEST Act H.R. 1430

     

    Dear Senator [Surname],

    My parents are regular voters from [district number].  I am writing from Singapore where my [parents] are on a temporary work assignment.   

    If a Senate version of the Honest Act H.R. 1430, which passed the House, is introduced please do not support it.  The Act prevents the EPA from using any scientific research that is not publically available.   I do not understand why my government would want scientists to just research on the Internet.  This will not allow them to do their job very well.  

    With Respect and Thanks,

    [Signature] Grade [number]

    [U.S. address if you have one, if not, name of the town your parents are registered in and Zip Code]

     

    Address your postcard to:

    The Honorable [Name of elected official First and Last Name]

    [Address line 1]

    [Address line 2]

    [City], [State] [Zip Code]  USA

     

     

    Talking Points for Phone Calls and a Sample Letter:

     

    Dear Senator, 

    I am writing to you this Earth Day to encourage you to do everything in your power to protect our public health and environment.  In the 1970s America’s rivers were catching on fire, and the great lakes were declared dead. Today, we have made great progress in increasing the health of our air, water, soil and wildlife. However, such progress is currently under regulatory threat and we humbly ask your support in taking the following key actions:

     

    • Please vote NO on the REINs Act S.21 
      • This bill would require congressional approval for any new rule from federal agencies.
      • No major regulation could take effect unless it is approved by both houses of congress.
      • This would be a big hand out to special interests and prevent any meaningful regulations from being passed without massive gridlock
    • Please Vote No on Overturning the BLM Methane Rule S.J Res. 11. 
      • S.J Res 11 would use the Congressional Review Act to overturn BLM Methane and Gas Waste Rule
      • The rule has required oil and gas industry to reduce venting, flaring, and leaks on public and tribal lands by deploying widely accepted methane mitigation technology. 
      • Leaked gas has VOC that cause asthma and cancer and can easily be captured
      • Moreover capturing this gas would lead to net revenues of 46 to 204 million per year according to the BLM
      • A Similar law to the BLM Methane Rule has been passed in Colorado and NG production has increased and the rule has been popular 
    • If a Senate version of the HONEST Act H.R. 1430, which was passed by the House, is introduced to the Senate please do not support it.   
      • This Act would prevent the EPA from using any scientific research that is not publically available 
      • Many of the studies that form the backbone of public health standards include patient medical records.
      • Allowing industries to give the EPA information that they know will be kept confidential is critical to the effectiveness of the EPA. 
      • This Act can hamper taking action in emergency situations where not all information is publically available, discourage industries from sharing confidential information with regulators, and create massive conflicts of interest. 

     

    Attaining a liveable environment is good for our economy for it creates jobs and provides us with a healthy work force.   Clean water and air are not partisan issues and neither is accepted scientific research. I urge you as a concerned US citizen to uphold our nations environmental and public health protection. 

     

    Thank you,

     

     

     


Bill is a lifelong Democrat who was previously Secretary DAPhil before moving to Singapore and being elected Vice Chair DALCC. Before retiring Bill was a career Foreign Service Officer, United States Agency for International Development serving in 13 coun