Vice Chair, Basel Chapter

I’m a Vermont voter living in Sierentz, France, near the border with Basel. I’ve lived abroad since 2009 and have been in the greater Basel area since 2013.

It’s important to make our voices heard on the issues we care about, be it at the ballot box or through other forms of activism. I’m glad I discovered Democrats Abroad, which helps me and other US citizens living abroad to do just that.

Being involved in the Basel chapter has been a wonderful way to meet like-minded people and help my fellow US citizens vote and make their voices heard in US politics. The importance of this engagement has never been clearer than over the last years, when the Trump administration and the Republican party began an unprecedented attack on American democracy.

It was incredible seeing and helping so many Americans living abroad make their voices heard in 2020, helping to push back against these anti-democratic forces. I hope that I can help maintain and strengthen that engagement going into the 2022 mid-term elections and beyond as Vice Chair here in Basel.

You can email me at [email protected].

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    Basel Chapter Candidate Statements



    Victoria (Tory) Mallett
    Originally from Texas, Tory Mallett is a lifelong Democrat. After University, she worked on campaigns and as a policy staffer for five years all over the United States. During that time she did everything from fieldwork to fundraising to Chief of Staff to coalition organizing to campaign management. In 2013, she left campaign life to pursue her Masters in Political Sociology in London. Now, she is in the final stages of her PhD in the same field.
    Tory is a newcomer to Basel, but is excited to get involved and hopefully bring what she has learned in her years of experience to Democrats Abroad and use her skills to help contribute to the strength of the Basel chapter and continue the important work we do with voter registration, expanding membership outreach and growth and facilitating interesting and varied events for Americans in the Basel area. 
    1. I think that the strength of the Basel Chapter is something that could be put to great use in the expansion efforts we’d like. We could perhaps develop a brief training that could be taken on the road. It could include simple organising techniques and voter registration rules. That way local Dems in other cities won't need to organise anything initially and could just come to our event as trainees, hopefully make connections, and be inspired to take it forward. A training session could be run by as few as two members.
    2. The neighbor-2-neighbor program in the US was possibly the most successful grassroots outreach effort ever run by the Democratic Party. The problem was that it took too much time and investment by individuals. I think, however, that Democrats Abroad could be a better home for it. This would mean that each members is responsible for a list of Democrats on their own. They send personalised postcards or make phone calls to their list over the course of the election season. The idea is that voters start to see them as more than a faceless representative, but as a neighbor. It also gives active members a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.
    3. Lastly, I had a hard time finding DA when I arrived. When you Google Democrats Abroad Basel, the DA Basel page is the first thing to come up. It has the leadership on it, but the last news posting was from 2015, and when I clicked on events, it said "No Upcoming Events". My assumption was that the group was no longer active. I think that a couple of quick updates could make sure that doesn't happen again and could potentially grow membership among those not active on social media.
    4. Finally, I know that a lot of Americans, no matter how engaged they are, have a hard time keeping up with legislation currently churning in Congress. Having regular policy discussions might attract people who less interested in campaign efforts, but are still Democrats may need to get registered. Everyone who is politically active was activated at some point. If we can find the issues that matter to them, we can expand our outreach. If successful, these policy session could become a fundraising opportunity.


    Kristen Gray Jafflin (current Vice Chair)
    It has been great working with the engaged, active team we have here in Basel, and I am hoping to continue that work with another term as Vice Chair! Over the last 2 years, I’ve assisted the chair by helping organize the Voter Assistance and Get out the Vote teams for the 2018 mid-term elections and spearheading internal communications, posting events on the Democrats Abroad website and Facebook pages and sending email blasts. I’ve also enjoyed helping organize and being involved in many of the exciting events we’ve held here in Basel, from community events like the Rhine Swim and 4th of July picnics to activism events, like attending marches, writing postcards, and contacting our representatives about various issues of interest to us as Democrats and Americans living abroad. I hope that you will give me a chance to continue that work for the next 2 years as we go into the 2020 general election. (cont.)
    I need not tell any of you how important the 2020 election is. I know you all share my passion for taking back the White House and reversing many of the horrible policies and practices instituted by the Trump administration. Here in Basel, we must do our part, educating our fellow Americans on how to vote from Abroad and helping them register and request their ballots and making our voices heard on issues that are important to us. We also have a voice in the upcoming Democratic primary, so a key goal in the next two years will also be helping Democrats Abroad choose between the many candidates in the election by organizing debate watches, participating in call ins, and other events that help us better choose between them and better understand their positions on issues of particular concern to us as Democrats living abroad in the run up to DA’s global primary.
    Towards that end, I have four top priorities for 2019-2020:
    1. Outreach to Americans living in the region, to make them aware of our activities and to recruit more people interested in helping with and shaping our efforts.
    2. Activism to make our voices heard on issues of concern to us.
    3. GOTV and Voter Assistance efforts.
    4. Voter information events (debate watches, call-ins with candidates, mock debates, etc.) in the run-up to the Global primary and the general election to help Americans living in the Basel-area make an informed choice and make their concerns heard.


    Vivian Beetle (current Treasurer)
    I have served in this position of Basel Treasurer since 2017 As part of the Basel leadership team, I am eager to help engage members in our area in the important work of registering and getting out the Democratic vote in 2020. A successful Democratic campaign in 2020 is requisite to restoring the heart of U.S. democracy and all that it means.
    Over the past few years, I have valued being part of the corps of volunteers who propel our efforts in Basel. At all stages, it takes the sustained, dedicated and creative work of many players to achieve our goals. In the specific role of Treasurer, I remain committed to assuring we maintain the strong fiscal procedures, processes and practices in accordance with all relevant guidelines and policies. Recognizing the responsibility that comes with stewardship of collective funds, I respect the importance of diligent financial management of the organization. 
    Thirteen years ago I relocated from New Jersey to Switzerland for my work with Hoffmann-La Roche from which I retired in 2013. During a thirty-plus year career at Roche, I developed a broad expertise in corporate engagement with particular skills in community collaboration, business strategic alignment, employee volunteerism, program development and budget oversight. Before joining Roche, I worked with the YWCA in Paterson, New Jersey, where I was involved in every aspect of their urban-based program and administration with a focus on women’s leadership development.
    I have been involved in a wide range of civic and non-profit organizations in advisory, governance and operational roles. My non-profit board experience has been varied, including such groups as Funders Concerned About AIDS, The Partnership for New Jersey, Diamond Terrace Condominium Association, and the Roche Employee and Action Trust. More recently I also volunteer as an English Conversation Group Leader for adult non-mother language speakers (Centrepoint, Basel)
    I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Douglass College of Rutgers University and a Masters in Business Administration from Rutgers Graduate School of Management


    None presented. Position duties:
    • Distribute meeting agendas to the Chapter Committee
    • Take and distribute minutes of all meetings and distribute to the Chapter Committee and DACH ExCom
    • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
    • Maintain files and administrative records of the Chapter (Google Drive)
    • Manage and maintain the Basel Chapter membership and volunteer lists in coordination with the DACH Secretary. This may require training on the DA database
    • Ensure event advertising, internet and social media presence in collaboration with event organizers and committee members
    Candidates may be nominated from the floor. Please let us know if you would like to run. [email protected]
    For further information about elections or the officer roles, contact any committee member (or email [email protected])

  • Basel Chapter Call for Candidates for March 31st Election

    The Democrats Abroad Basel Chapter is an engaged grassroots group and has had a very suc-cessful last 2 years as an official chapter of Democrats Abroad. We are a volunteer organization and creative team that has built a broad member base, registered a record number of voters for mid-term and special elections and hosted numerous events to enhance socio-political knowledge and a sense of community in Democrats Abroad in Basel. We look forward to continue this suc-cessful story with you!

    Every 2 years, the DA Basel Chapter and the Democrats Abroad Switzerland Chapter elects a new Committee. The DA Basel Chapter will host their Annual General Meeting and next cycle of committee elections on March 31st at Klara, Clarastrasse 13 in Basel at 15:30. Please find more details of our event on our website:

    Our 2019 Nominations Committee is now seeking candidates to stand for office and to run the nominations/election process.

    Consider running for an office and joining our team!

    We are much more than a group of volunteers – through our friendships, mutual support and activism we run impactful outreach and advocacy for Americans living abroad and have a lot of fun while doing it!

    In 2018 we experienced first positive signs that we are turning the tide of the national political agenda. Democrats Abroad International continues to grow as a voter base and in its influence in Washington.

    In our community in Basel there will be plenty of opportunity to be involved from 2019 - 2021

    • Promote the Democratic message and activism to counter the policies being put in place by the Republican administration
    • Help Democrats win races in special elections in 2019
    • Promote awareness on political topics and grow our member base
    • Increase the number and commitment of registered voters for the 2020 Presidential elec-tion
    • Help Americans living abroad request their ballots and vote in the 2020 Presidential elec-tion

    Join the Basel Chapter Committee and take an active role in our vibrant chapter in Switzerland!

    Basel Committee Officers

    Four Basel Committee officers will be elected for a two-year term.
    Officers are members like you who volunteer their time and skills to represent and organize Democrats in the Basel area.

    1. Chair
    2. Vice-Chair
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer


    All members of Democrats Abroad active in the Basel region are eligible and encouraged to run for an office and to vote at the elections on March 31st at 3:30 pm at Klara, Clarastrasse 13 in Basel.

    To run for a position, inform any Nominating Committee member (contact information below) be-fore the deadline of February 24th. Include name, address, telephone number, email address and a brief statement of intention to run.

    By March 5th we will distribute information about the candidates, their statements, short bios and voting procedures by email.

    At the meeting on March 31st, additional nominations for all offices will be allowed from the floor. This is an important meeting, so be sure to attend and vote for the new Basel team.


    ☆ Chair ☆
    Chief executive officer of the Basel Chapter

    • Lead and mobilize members to join the Basel team and welcome new members
    • Oversee and coordinate the business functions of the chapter and report to national and international as required
    • Ensure that Secretary and Treasurer core work is being done, appoint other positions as necessary for effective functioning of the group
    • Represent DACH-Basel as a member of the DACH Executive Committee (ExCom), and report to the DACH ExCom on city chapter activities
    • Work with the other city chapters, volunteers and the DACH ExCom
    • Hold regular meetings, direct the activities of DACH in this region of Switzerland and keep members informed about activities and events
    • Contribute to DACH fundraising and insure all activities are conducted in compliance with FEC and campaign finance laws as established by the ExCom
    • Coordinate and share responsibility with the DACH ExCom and Zurich Chapter for voter and member outreach in the Swiss German region where no chapters are yet established

    ☆ Vice-Chair ☆

    • Assist the Chair in all Basel Chapter activities
    • Partner with the Chair to take on some of their responsibilities
    • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
    • Substitute for the Chair when needed
    • Organize and conduct the regularly scheduled Chapter meetings in the absence of the Chair
    • Attend DACH ExCom meetings in the absence of the Chair
    • Represent DA Basel together with other Chapter members in media relations activities

    ☆ Secretary ☆

    • Distribute meeting agendas to the Chapter Committee
    • Take and distribute minutes of all meetings and distribute to the Chapter Committee and DACH ExCom
    • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
    • Maintain files and administrative records of the Chapter (Google Drive)
    • Manage and maintain the Basel Chapter membership and volunteer lists in coordination with the DACH Secretary. This may require training on the DA database
    • Ensure event advertising, internet and social media presence in collaboration with event organizers and committee members

    ☆ Treasurer ☆

    • Manage the finances of DA Basel in agreement with the Basel Chair and the DACH Ex-Com Treasurer
    • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
    • Maintain clear and accurate financial records and make financial reports as required
    • Ensure all financial matters conform to local rules and regulations as well as to those of the Federal Election Commission and campaign finance laws of the United States
    • Educate the Basel Chapter members on latest updates on financial compliance guidance for Democrats Abroad


    For further information about elections or the officer roles, contact any committee member (or email [email protected])


    “It is hard to pick what I most enjoyed about volunteering for DA Basel. We have built such a great team of funny, dedicated and creative members. At our monthly chapter meetings, we have a lot of fun but run a very effective meeting. In our team, everyone contributes to an enlightening discus-sion, with great ideas for events and advocacy back home. Everyone supports our activities in any way they can and respects each other`s ability to contribute. I am handing over my office for the time being due to my new job as a new mother, but look forward to continue to help the team in their activities.” – Rosemary Pontarelli, Outgoing DA Basel Secretary

    “It’s great working with such an engaged, active team! I’ve most enjoyed our get-out-the vote ef-forts for the 2018 mid-term elections. There was a great team of volunteers for that team, and we help many events both to raise awareness about voting from abroad and to help Americans request their ballots. We’re proud of how well that effort went and are looking forward to an even more successful effort in 2020!” – Kristen Jafflin, DA Basel Vice Chair

    “The cadre of volunteers in Basel is rather remarkable, especially the leadership team. My involve-ment with DACH Basel stands out among my myriad volunteer experiences. Our critical mass takes on and achieves extraordinary tasks and programs. I really value everyone’s readiness, openness, ac-countability, creativity and inspiration. I could wax on, but through it all, we stay focused on our mis-sion. Putting words into action while engaging everyone we can is what keeps us moving. It’s work and fun at the same time. I look forward to our continued collaboration and accomplishments on-ward into 2020.” - Vivian Beetle, DA Basel Treasurer

    “It’s difficult to improve on everyone else has said. This is one of the best teams I’ve ever worked with and it’s really been a joy. Sadly our time in Basel is coming to a close so I can’t commit to another two years, but any candidates should know they have an extremely supportive team and I will be there till April 2020 to assist in any way I can.” - Kelli Brouillet, Out-going DA Basel Chair.


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