2020 Delegate Candidate Statements

Warm welcome to the 2020 Democrats Abroad delegate candidates! We are looking forward to hearing from you about your candidacy, why you are running and who you are! Please use this space to tell us about yourself 150 words maximum please). If you'd like, please add a picture here too, and you can also add a link to a video, and any relevant affirmative action information (optional). Note that your information will be publicly viewable from this page, so only send in content you are comfortable sharing widely.

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Kaitlyn Min, Bernie Sanders Delegate Candidate

I’m an 18-year old from New York, currently attending the University of Toronto studying political science & history. Bernie Sanders is the reason that I got involved in politics because he represents a politics of compassion and empathy. He inspires me to fight for the issues that I care about: climate action, healthcare, and more. All these issues will be on the ballot in November which is why I got involved with Democrats Abroad. I hosted twice-weekly canvasses on my university campus to encourage students to vote in the Global Presidential Primary. I traveled to Ann Arbor to knock on hundreds of doors before the Michigan primary. I continue to dedicate my time phonebanking and textbanking with voters across America for down-ballot races. I believe in Bernie’s slogan of “Not Me, Us” and it is only through all of us working together that we can elect Trump out of office.

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Kaylyn Stanton - DA Delegate Candidate for Sanders

Despite leaning substantially left, I considered myself as an independent until college. When Trump started his campaign, I began to experience racism on campus from people who now felt that it was acceptable. This pivotal moment challenged me to use my voice to stand up for what I believe. For almost 3 years, I’ve been living in the Caribbean studying for my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. This election cycle, my younger brother became active in politics. Just like me, he has a passion for justice. When he hears Bernie speak, it fans the flames of his spirit. His devotion for Bernie Sanders has inspired me to finally register as a Democrat and I voted in the DA primary. Even though Sanders has suspended his campaign, I would be honored to be a DA delegate and vote for him at the National Convention, to further the fight for justice.

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Khaled J Nasr - Dubai - Delegate Candidate for Senator Bernie Sanders

All the way from Dubai! Greetings DA family, UNITE AND WIN! Is my message and I pledge to dedicate all my possible effort to support our Democratic party till November. We need to pull together to fight for a future with dignity and bond American and reflect it to the whole world. These are concepts that have driven my professional and personal life. Moved to Dubai from Florida in 2012 As a professional who lived between East and West and worked in the industrial field for 10 years and currently the head of business development team at private office to one of the prominent family in the MENA region. Let’s all work together to increase our impact in the 2020 election and kick trump out. I stand for universal Healthcare, Gun reform, support small business and support programs for American citizen abroad. It would be an honor to Represent Democrat abroad.

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Kyle Wlodarczyk, Sen. Sanders Delegate Candidate

My name is Kyle, and I am a 22-year-old Polish-American MSc Student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. I have supported Senator Sanders from the moment he announced his 2016 candidacy from the steps of the Supreme Court building. I’m proud of the movement that has since come over the last five years, the support that we’ve garnered for his signature policies, and for being with Bernie since Day 1. In the summer of 2016 prior to the election, I canvassed with Clean Water Action in New Jersey, and in summers since, I have been predominately working in the environmental research sector; I am registered as a GIT with Engineers and Geoscientists BC. I therefore understand the urgency to implement Bernie’s policies such as the Green New Deal, and from my health experiences abroad, Medicare for All. I’d be honoured to take this fight to the DNC.

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Lisa Le Goater, Delegate Candidate, EMEA, Bernie Sanders

UK resident for 25 years (from California). I own a small business organised as a social enterprise. Throughout my adult life I have advocated on behalf of women and children and other underserved groups. I chaired a non-profit organization providing housing and support for refugees from conflict zones, acted as a court advocate for minors who had suffered abuse, and volunteered as a counsellor for AIDS Project LA. I phone bank for Democrats Abroad as I believe that in these times where seemingly we have little control over what happens in the world, we can exercise control by casting our vote. I’ve supported Bernie Sanders since 2016 and his platform of Medicare for all, free university education, and provision of a living wage. Living in Europe these are things that each one of us enjoys without question and must be secured in the US.

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MARCY NEWMAN - SANDERS DELEGATE CANDIDATE

I've spent much of my adult life as an activist, writer, and educator working in all areas for substantive change in our world, whether it's the environment, queer rights, anti-racism, foreign policy, or healthcare. I support a candidate that strongly contrasts with the status quo, something I've seen in both parties for my entire adult life. I'm ready for a change, and that change can only come if the democratic party takes its rightful place on the left. I want to see more candidates that challenge the status quo, just like The Squad, and like Bernie Sanders. I want to support a candidate that inspires a movement and who fights for Main Street rather than Wall Street. I want to see Us not Me in the White House this fall.

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Miles Iton - Sanders Delegate Candidate

I am currently a 24 year old Democrat Abroad living in Taiwan as a Fulbright grantee. I cast my first vote on a presidential ballot for Senator Sanders in 2016, and I am happy to continue supporting the vision of America I voted for. My goal is to articulate these civic values as I support our country’s recovery and redirection. I’ve spent the past two years deeply researching Taiwan’s English education initiatives as part of my Masters program in Creative Industries Design at National Cheng Kung University. As an arts administrator/educator whose practice is versed in hip-hop, I spend a lot of time pondering my role as a reflection of the current generation of young Americans. I hope my participation can speak to the inspiring way that DJing for the dancers and drag queens by night has informed my policy research: “We the People” is an all-inclusive category.

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PJ Carlisle , Delegate Candidate Pledged for Bernie Sanders, EMEA

Pledged for Bernie Sanders propelled by his powerful political velocity

I’m open to all discourses that inform more rounded opinions, mine rooted in Post Colonial philosophies

An academic appreciator of the arts and cultures

I’m unfettered by race, gender, nationalism or borders

Underrepresented voices always have my ear

And as a Redwooded Californian at heart, the Earth remains near and dear

Longevity should be our focus when building our transnational community

We must think in terms of multiplicities and avoid using the royal ‘we’

It is time for a future to believe in and at the DNC I aim to represent US, not just me

 

(UK based, California voter, Non-Binary, Youth, Latinx, Native American)

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Rania Masri - Sanders delegate candidate

I have dedicated my life to fight for justice. In the US, while pursuing my higher education (BS-PHD), I was an anti-war organizer. I moved to Lebanon in 2005, and have been working on environmental justice, social justice, and fair political representation. (I'm also a prof.)

Bernie Sanders is the only candidate I have supported.

I stand with him in support of an anti-war, progressive, multi-racial, working class social movement. My vote for him is a vote in favor of policies grounded in healthcare for all, education for all, justice for all, and wars for none! It is a vote against US imperialism and endless wars abroad, and against racism at home.

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Robert "Bob" Kerr -- Delegate Candidate for Bernie Sanders

Beginning with Peace Corps service (Lesotho), I served in 22 different countries in 9 geographic regions of the world, mostly as a U.S. public affairs diplomat advocating for American values. My projects included the fight against child labor, sex trafficking, freedom of the press, good governance, and religious toleration. Since retirement (2016), I have played a strong leadership role in DA Denmark and DA Global. I have atttended all local, regional and global events; I have organized and supported action campaigns to promote healthcare for all, continued U.S. support for the Kyoto Protocol, stopping the caging of immigrant children and reducing gun violence; I formed a book club, and I have phone banked extensively. At the Convention, I will be an articulate advocate for the Sanders agenda, especially in area of healthcare. As Bernie has guided us to do, I will also convey 100% support for the party nominee.

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Ryan Manzie Macauley, Delegate Candidate for Bernie Sanders, EMEA Region

To succeed in 2020, we must provide all Americans (Dems, GOP, Independents) a platform to exchange ideas, values and priorities. To achieve this, the DNC should also reflect these realities. I firmly believe that I can contribute to this dialogue, and can represent the voices of those who are often grouped into perceived ideologies. Born in Charleston, SC - I am a graduate of Morehouse College with a BA in Economics and the University of Cape Town with a Masters of City and Regional Planning. Currently, I am a Management Consultant supporting local governments in South Africa to achieve resilience in their municipal finances. Previously, I served with the United Nations, assisting Governments in least-developed economies design Housing Policy and Housing Finance solutions.

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Sam Khunaizi - Delegate Candidate for Bernie Sanders

I am currently serving as DA-UAE Secretary & served as Voting Center Manager in the 2020 GPP. As an extension to my service, and with great honor and humility, I am running for a Bernie Sanders pledged Delegate. I believe this historic 2020 Democratic National convention should serve as the foundation of restoring American values & beliefs and uniting all Americans by bringing competent leadership to the White House. I have been supporting Sen. Sanders since he first ran in 2016. Sen. Sanders is a candidate of deep integrity and ingenuity who has tremendously influenced the Democratic Party progressive agenda. Sen. Sander’s progressive message has resonated among millions of voters all over the Country. It would be my profound privilege to represent Sen. Sanders & his voters as a delegate in the Democratic National Convention. I hope to gain your support to be your Sen. Sanders’s representative & delegate.

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Samuel Boehms - Delegate candidates for Bernie Sanders

My name is Samuel Boehms and I am excited to take an active role with the Democratic Party in the 2020 election. I currently live in Paris, France where I am pursuing a master’s degree in Human Rights at Sciences Po. Before returning to school, I lived in Panama for five years where I worked in community empowerment, economic justice, and environmental conservation. The calling to serve has been a driving force in my life. I served in the Peace Corps from 2014-2018 and now work as a human rights defender with an international NGO. If chosen to be your representative at the convention, I will advocate that the Party champion social and environmental justice in the upcoming election. Our nation and world cannot afford 4 more years of Donald Trump. I pledge to support the Democratic candidate to bring about the change Americans want and need.

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Serita Braxton, Delegate Candidate for Bernie Sanders

I'm originally from a military town in Maryland. Although I live abroad, I'm more passionate than ever about imparting tangible improvements in the way citizens and immigrants alike are treated and taken care of in the U.S. I've seen how divisive our current leadership is and the fears that resulted in his election. People are longing for a trustworthy and transparent administration that puts their needs first. My friend can't afford to work because child care is too expensive, I understand what it's like to live in pain because I don't have health care, and I've seen the importance of building communities by investing in their access to education. This is why I support Bernie Sanders and would like to represent him as a delegate. It's time to rebuild trust and enact impactful change. With your vote I hope to be a catalyst for that during the Convention.

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Sherley Louis - Delegate Candidate for Bernie Sanders

 

 I am Haitian. I am American. I am an international school leader, UAE. After nearly missing the Global Presidential Primary election for getting the information too late, I pledge to get involved in Democrats Abroad (DA) and become a Delegate. I’ll volunteer to ensure that Americans abroad exercise their rights to vote timely. I am committed to work alongside DA to win the election by demonstrating the principles of political activism, advocacy, community engagement, and organizing. During my 10 years as an educator in the USA, I fought for high quality public education, better salary for educators, fairness in education for students in inner city schools, language justice, public services, & health care. I am a former member of the United Teachers of Dade (UTD), AFT, NEA, & FEA where I had gained self-advocacy, collective bargaining, lobbying, and political activism skills. My political activism includes UTD Front Line Caucus, UTD/AFT Teacher leader, MDCPS/UTD Special Student Education Task Force committee member, Florida Congressional Black Caucus Delegation with Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, & Florida Education Association Delegate.

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Travis Mooney - Delegate Candidate for Bernie Sanders

Dear Friends: Throughout 2020, I worked for Bernie, but also for Democrats Abroad. Our campaign understood working with DA -- no other campaign had official polling place representatives -- and our outreach helped deliver the largest turn-out ever for the Global Presidential Primary (GPP). I represent the Bernie Campaign: Since 2016, I've worked to win the GPP for Bernie. And we have done it twice. I am one of the founders of Bernie Abroad, and an official Bernie 2020 Campaign Co-Chair. I represent Democrats Abroad: I am the former Vice-Chair of Democrats Abroad United Kingdom. As a long-term resident outside the USA, I understand our problems, our needs, and how we help Democrats win. Like many, I wish that they paid more attention to those of us abroad, and worked to make sure our issues were directly addressed by the Bernie 2020 Campaign. I ask you for your vote. travis

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Tripler Pell, MD, MSc Sanders Delegate Candidate

I am a family physician and medical educator who has been living and practicing in Canada for the past 12 years. The current pandemic's course has only further demonstrated the overwhelming need for a coordinated, universal health care system, which is just one (life and death) example of the many ways that structural inequities need to be addressed by democrats. I am passionate about volunteering my time to make this a priority issue for candidates and humbly ask for your vote.

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Tyler Cofield - Sanders Delegate Candidate

My name is Tyler and I'm running as a Sanders delegate candidate. As a young, Black, queer, progressive from Texas, I understand how vital it is to vote this Republican administration out of office. But we can't let ourselves settle in the process. We can unite the party, while also fighting to protect the rights of every American citizen - especially those most vulnerable. I am running for election in all 3 Regional Conventions, as well as the Global Convention. If elected, I would view my role as a delegate as threefold:

1) Work tirelessly to give Senators Sanders agenda space in both the Biden Campaign and the Party platform.


2) Represent DA, increase our profile, and spread our key message to increase voter turnout.

3) Work to make sure the party is unified before November.

I look forward to representing Senator Sanders, DA, and all that Progressives stand for.

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Brendan Csaposs - Delegate Candidate for Bernie Sanders (Kenya)

As a special educator, LGBT activist, and former candidate for public office in my previous home state of Louisiana, I recently moved to Kenya and am excited to support Bernie as part of Democrats Abroad our 2020 Convention! I volunteered for his 2016 campaign and have been politically engaged in Democratic politics since my youth, when I worked on Hillary Clinton's first senate campaign in my birthplace, New York. I hope I can count on your support!

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John Baumlin - Asia Pacific Delegate Candidate for Bernie Sanders

🔥 Hi everyone!🔥 I believe the Asia Pacific Delegate title is truly meant to represent a unique position to the convention. Democrats Abroad in AP, and as a whole, have direct experience in the effects of climate change, mass surveillance, and authoritarianism. If you select me as your youth candidate to go to the convention, I am going to bring those experiences directly to the forefront. I'm going to get in touch with the Sunrise Movement, and exchange strategy, tools, and ideas for organizing the next Climate Strike. I'm going to work hard, as this may be an online convention, to advocate for encryption so we have more adept and secure protests. But most importantly, I plan on using every procedural power in the book to keep the DNC accountable and protect the Unity Reform Commission. If you agree with those priorities, please consider me for this position!

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