DA France National Chair; Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee

  • rsvped for Stop AAPI Hate • Community Check In 2021-04-09 13:03:33 -0400

    Stop AAPI Hate • Community Check In

    Please join us for a Community Check-In to voice your thoughts and feelings about mounting violence against AAPI people in the US, in the wake of the recent Atlanta murders and rising anti-Asian hate crimes. Join us in discussion, led by Los Angeles-based Ting Qin, M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and experienced group facilitator. Hosted by the DA France Diversity Caucus, DA France Women’s Caucus and the Global AAPI Caucus.

    WHEN
    April 21, 2021 at 7pm
    WHERE
    via Zoom
    Paris 75015
    France
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  • published DA France 2021 National Elections - The Candidates in News 2021-03-28 06:16:56 -0400

    2021 DA France National Elections - The Candidates

    2021 DA FRANCE NATIONAL ELECTION CANDIDATES

    The nominations period for the 2021 DA France National Election has now closed. Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in running for something. Please find below statements for the candidates standing for election.

    The National Election will take place online as part of the 2021 National Election and Annual General Meeting on April 17, 2021 starting at 2PM. RSVP here. All members of Democrats Abroad France are welcome to attend the meeting, hear candidate speeches, and to vote at that time. Additionally, all members of Democrats Abroad France will also receive a link to the Early Voting ballot via email. Voting early in advance of the Election on April 17, 2021 is optional, and is provided to encourage all members to vote even if they cannot attend the Election Meeting. As a result, no nominations from the floor will be accepted.

    Want to meet the candidates before Election Day? Come to a "Meet the Candidates" Mixer via Zoom on Sunday April 11, 2021 at 3PM. RSVP here.

    You must be a member of Democrats Abroad France in order to vote. New members are welcome but must join by April 15. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. Questions? Contact the DA France Election Board at [email protected]

    If you are a member of Democrats Abroad France and do not receive a link to the online ballot but would like one, please email [email protected]

    Democrats Abroad France Election Board
    Kate Barrett, Didier Moutou, Linda Martin

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    Meet the CANDIDATES - Zoom Mixer!


    Come MEET THE CANDIDATES running for National Officer and for Voting Representative positions for Democrats Abroad France, at this casual mixer at 3PM on Sunday APRIL 11, 2021, in advance of the National Election and AGM being held on April 17. (See Candidate Statements, here.)

    WHEN
    April 11, 2021 at 3pm
    WHERE
    via Zoom
    Paris 75004
    France
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  • Ada Shen, DA Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee Member

    Ada Shen

    Hi, I’m Ada Shen. I’ve been an active member of Democrats Abroad since 2007 when I organized China for the first Global Presidential Primary, and later became the Obama campaign China field organizer in 2008. I led the DA organizing effort in China, mostly focusing on voter registration and mobilization, until its successful founding as a country committee in 2017.

    I now live in Paris, France with my husband and son, and am the 2019-2021 National Chair of DA France. I am very pleased to serve on the AAPI Caucus Steering Committee -- our voices, votes, and visibility are an important contribution to the ongoing conversation on what it means to be American. I believe the AAPI voice and vote can work to forge a better future for all — the urgency of our times demand it.


  • published Call for Candidates Extended to March 15, 2021 in News 2021-03-09 11:29:31 -0500

    Call for Candidates Extended to March 15, 2021

    2021-2023 NORMANDY CHAPTER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
    Call For Candidates/Nominations Period Extended to March 15, 2021

    RUN FOR SOMETHING
    Contact Election Officer Ann-Marie Pelosky
    [email protected]

    2021 NORMANDY CHAPTER ELECTION & MEETING
    March 20, 2021 @ 1PM
    RSVP here

    NORMANDY CHAPTER OFFICER DESCRIPTIONS
    (* Position is required, per the DA France Bylaws)

    The Chapter Chair* is the chief executive officer of the chapter, shall call and preside at all meetings of members, and shall lead the direction of the Chapter Executive Committee. The Chair shall establish the agenda of such meetings, and shall be responsible for carrying out and directing the programs, policies, and activities duly approved by the members and the Normandy Chapter Executive Committee.

    The Chapter Chair is ex-officio also a voting member of the DA France National Executive Committee, and is the primary Officer responsible for representing the Chapter at regular National Executive Committee meetings; and shall attend them or designate a proxy to the National Secretary to the extent practicable, including presenting a brief monthly report of Chapter or Caucus activities to the National ExCom. If the Chair is not present at a National ExCom meeting, and the Vice Chair is present, the Vice Chair automatically carries the vote and represents the Chapter (no proxy designation is required.) The Chair and Vice-Chair may, with the advice of the other Officers, allocate between themselves the duties of the Chair as they see fit.

    The Chair, or any Officer delegated by the Chair, is entitled to attend all Standing and Ad Hoc Committees, with full voting privileges. Decisions or actions taken by the Chair may be overruled by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Executive Committee. 

    The Chapter Vice Chair shall assist and support the Chair in the matters related to execution of the Chair’s duties, and shall, in the absence of the Chair call and preside at meetings of members and of the Chapter Executive Committee. The Chapter Vice Chair is invited to attend National Executive Committee meetings to the extent practicable, and shall, in absence of the Chapter Chair, automatically carry the vote and representation of the Chapter to the National ExCom (no proxy need be designated). In addition to the shared responsibilities of the Chapter Chair allocated to the Chapter Vice-Chair, if the office of Chapter Chair shall become vacant, the Chapter Vice-Chair shall assume the responsibilities of the Chair. 

    The Chapter Secretary* shall assist and support the Chair in matters related to keeping records and minutes of Chapter Executive Committee meetings; of Annual General and Special Meetings of Chapter members;  and in managing the database of its members. The Secretary shall maintain and safeguard all files and administrative records of the Chapter. The Chapter Secretary shall, along with the Chapter Chair, help ensure that timely notification of elections taking place within the Chapter, and their results, as well as any administrative matters related to the functioning of the Chapter, are duly communicated to the National Secretary.

    (Duties include database management of members, sending email blasts, and making updates to the Normandy Chapter website. Free training on the software needed to perform these tasks is available and ongoing IT support is available.)

    Members-At-Large shall assist and support the Chapter or Caucus Chair in duties and responsibilities that are not fixed but instead may vary according to the needs of the Chapter or Caucus. The Chapter or Caucus Member at Large will collaborate with other leaders, as well as counterparts at National and Global levels, accordingly.

    ELIGIBILITY

    Candidates should be members of Democrats Abroad France, US citizens 18 years or older, living in the Normandy/Hauts de France Chapter Region from the time of their nomination, and be able to serve a full term of two years. Every eligible member with interest, ability, conviction and ideas is encouraged to run. Previous organizing experience is welcome but not necessary. To join Democrats Abroad, go here: www.democratsabroad.org/join

    TO MAKE A NOMINATION

    You may nominate yourself, be nominated by someone else, or you may nominate others for an executive officer position for the Normandy Chapter. To make a nomination, please email the Election Officer Ann-Marie Pelosky at [email protected] with the name of the person and the position for which they are being nominated. (If you are nominating another person, please put that person on copy of your email.) A member of the Election Board will follow up. Nominees are asked to prepare a short statement of no more than 200 words regarding their candidacy. Final candidate statements should be submitted by March 15. Candidates should be prepared to attend the Leadership Elections on March 20th (via Zoom) at 6PM and to speak for their candidacy.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Contact Election Officer Ann-Marie Pelosky at [email protected]

    Thank you!

    Normandy Chapter Election Board
    Ann-Marie Pelosky, Election Officer
    Marjorie Bernstein
    Ada Shen




  • 2021 Candidates for the DA France Veterans and Military Families Caucus

    The nominations period for the DA France Veterans and Military Families Caucus has now concluded. Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in supporting our efforts DA France Veterans and Military Families Caucus.

    All members of DAF Veterans Caucus may vote in the Election. Due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus, all voting will take place via online ballot until the close of voting on March 15, 2021 at the Caucus Election and Meeting. Join the meeting if you wish to hear from the candidates prior to casting your ballot. RSVP here.

    New members are welcome to vote — tell a friend! New members should join DA and the Veterans and Military Families Caucus by March 14th to vote. To join DA go to: www.democratsabroad.org/join. Then join the Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus, here: http://www.democratsabroad.org/vmf You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. 

    Questions or need help? Email the VMF Election Board at [email protected]


    CO-CHAIR CANDIDATE

    MARIE LOUISE FERGUSON


    I am running for Co-Chair of the Democrats Abroad France Veterans and Military Family (VMF) Caucus because, as an Army retiree, I am passionate about the military, veterans and their families. When I joined the Army as a wayward college student, I did not imagine the character-building journey and global adventure that awaited me. While my time in uniform challenged me in expected and often unexpected ways, twenty years later, I look back with an extreme fondness. I am proud of my service to my fellow Soldiers, the Army and United States. 

    It would be an honor to Co-Chair the VMF caucus and if elected, I will be a tireless advocate for  veterans and their families. During my medical retirement process, I was extremely fortunate that  the DoD and VA ensured I was well cared for as I transitioned out of the military. I know not every  veteran is as fortunate, so I want to help ensure that we, as Democrats and Americans, prioritize taking care of the veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much to take care of us all. It  is imperative that veterans have a voice to engage leaders at every level. I would like to be a voice that helps amplify the concerns of our veteran community.  

    Thank you!


    CO-CHAIR CANDIDATE

    ANNA MARIE MATTSON

    I am the Interim Chair of DA France Veterans & Military Caucus and would appreciate your vote for Co-Chair. I am passionate about our work whether it be: organizing events to support wounded warriors and caregivers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany; coordinating participation in Memorial Day Ceremonies at US cemeteries throughout France; advocating and crafting resolutions to make sure our voice is heard loud and clear; and fostering and nurturing partnerships with other veterans organizations. Since 2006 DA France members have been participating in these Remembrance and Compassion events.  

    In the future and with your help, I would like to organize more opportunities for us to bond together, improve the communication channels and continue to bring our issues to the forefront of DA and the Democratic Party. In addition, to support Veterans who run for elections stateside. 

    My credentials as a military family abound: my father and four uncles fought in WWII, my cousin was on a Navy ship during the Viet Nam War, two great uncles fought in France during WWI besides some ancestors who fought in the Civil War and the Revolution. So I grew up listening to the stories and witnessing their pain over lost comrades and their experiences.  

    Thank you! 

     


  • published 2021 Bordeaux Chapter Election Candidates in News 2021-03-07 01:22:43 -0500

    2021 Bordeaux Chapter Election Candidates

    2021 BORDEAUX CHAPTER ELECTION CANDIDATES

    The nominations period for the 2021 Bordeaux Chapter Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for the candidates standing for election.

    The Bordeaux Chapter Election will take place online from March 7 until 4PM March 14. All members of the Bordeaux Chapter region will receive an email containing a link to the ballot.

    You must be a member of the Bordeaux Chapter in order to vote. New members are welcome but must join by March 13th. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. Questions? Contact the Bordeaux Election Board at [email protected]

    If you are a member of the Bordeaux Chapter and do not receive a link to the online ballot but would like one, please email [email protected]

    Bordeaux Election Board
    Linda Martin, Chair
    Bruce Gunia
    Cecile Marie


    BORDEAUX CHAIR

    JAMIE PEROSI-DOUGHTY

    I have been a member of Democrats Abroad since 2015 and feel confident now that I am ready to add my voice to the Executive Committee. Holding a Master’s Degree from Bordeaux Montesquieu in Political Science and a Ph.D. from Bordeaux Montaigne in American political philosophy, it should surprise few that I am passionate about politics, and specifically political philosophy.  Professionally, I teach classes at the various business schools on comparative law, specifically focusing on the legal and political differences between the French and American systems to non-legal specialists. It is my hope to bring my experience, expertise, and passion to Democrats Abroad.

    I look forward to bringing new ideas, new engagements, and continued debates to Democrats Abroad, and hope to ensure that the organization remains strong, active, and a voice for Americans abroad.


    BORDEAUX VICE CHAIR

    VIRGINIA COULON

    I first came to Bordeaux in 1962-63 as a student in the University of California’s Education Abroad Program. This is where I made my home, raised a family, completed graduate work in African Literature and was hired to teach English at the University of Bordeaux (Law and Economics division).

    A founding member of l’APELA (l’Association pour l’étude des littératures africaines), I served as treasurer and editor of the newsletter for 12 years.

    I joined Bordeaux DAF several years ago and have frequently attended the 4th of July gatherings, an occasion for many lively discussions. Barack Obama’s election was for me a watershed year: I phone banked to help get out the vote and also helped American students on the Bordeaux campus register to vote. I felt very proud to be an American.

    How fast things change! We Americans have just lived through the extremely noxious presidency of Donald Trump and a traumatizing presidential election in which a sitting president attempted to  disrupt the lawful election process.

    Yes, democracy prevailed and the Democrats, Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris, were finally declared the winners, but we have seen just how fragile our democracy is. The fight to defend it can never let up. Each of us needs to do whatever we can, at however modest the level.


    BORDEAUX SECRETARY

    PAOLA DEL CARMEN FLORES

    Originally from New York City, I came to Bordeaux 12 years ago. One of the first groups of fellow Americans I met, (whom I like to think of as family) was the Democrats Abroad Bordeaux Chapter. With them, I have shared my two biggest elections; Obama’s and Trump’s. We have shared laughs and tears, and throughout the years they have nurtured my political culture and understanding of our great nation’s democracy. As secretary, I would be honored to join our Expat Democratic family and serve to the best of my ability.

    Currently an entrepreneur designer, I graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor’s degree  in Art and Art history in 2009. After graduation I had the pleasure of working with Angel Sanchez, a fellow Latino well established New York fashion designer. A year later, I held the role of secretary for Selldorf Architects main partners, where I acquired most of my secretarial skills.

    Once in Bordeaux, I started to work as a substitute teacher both in the public and private sector. I have taught in business schools such as Kedge Business School, and art schools such as Ècole Conde, as well as public elementary schools and high schools.

    As I submit my candidacy as Secretary for the Democrats Abroad Bordeaux Chapter, I wish to tighten the link with our expat community, elaborate it’s growth and assure an open dialogue. I take to heart our service for the preservation of the expat community’s voting rights and in helping keep our voices heard.


    BORDEAUX TREASURER

    TRUDY BOLTER

    Since founding, with others, the Bordeaux Chapter of Democrats Abroad France in 2007, I have always been closely involved with our dynamic team, serving as Chair (thrice), Vice-Chair (twice), and Treasurer, and general helper-outer.

    We helped Biden to win the 2020 Presidential election, a great victory!  But the forces of hatred, anger, ignorance and greed still inhabit America, and they have guns.

    I come from a New Deal family – my father was an antitrust prosecutor – but my political motivation became intense when, during the 2000 election (Gore v. Bush) I was asked to teach a course on American history and culture.  My art-for-art’s sake veneer broke away and I became committed to the idea of helping, as much as I could, American ideals cohere to American politics.

    I am an emerita Professor at Sciences Po Bordeaux, and a researcher in American film. I have enjoyed giving a series of presentations at the Utopia and connected lectures at Station Ausone, on current film, over the last ten years.

    I would like to continue serving as Treasurer, and am happy to be the moderator of the new Politico-Culture Chat the Bordeaux Chapter has recently started on Zoom, which is having a lot of success – join us! 


  • is hosting Political Power Hour 2021-03-06 07:43:58 -0500

    Political Power Hour

    Politics is not a spectator sport! Join us every 2nd & 4th Wednesday every month as we meet to take political action -- to engage our elected officials and policy makers on the issues.

    We will start the first few minutes of every meeting with calls to our elected officials in House and Senate -- you can call Congress for Free from France at 07 555 3 6446 (or 07 555 DOGGO) -- this connects callers automatically to the Capitol Switchboard, where you follow the prompts to be connected to your House Rep or Senators. 

    Never made constituency calls before? Don't worry, we will walk you through what to do including a call script. Every meeting we will also have new actions to take on the issues, together -- postcarding, phonebanking, textbanking, and more.

    Have an action to suggest? Contact Max Dunitz [email protected]

    WHEN
    April 28, 2021 at 7pm
    WHERE
    via Zoom
    Paris 75015
    France
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    Political Power Hour

    Politics is not a spectator sport! Join us every 2nd & 4th Wednesday every month as we meet to take political action -- to engage our elected officials and policy makers on the issues.

    We will start the first few minutes of every meeting with calls to our elected officials in House and Senate -- you can call Congress for Free from France at 07 555 3 6446 (or 07 555 DOGGO) -- this connects callers automatically to the Capitol Switchboard, where you follow the prompts to be connected to your House Rep or Senators. 

    Never made constituency calls before? Don't worry, we will walk you through what to do including a call script. Every meeting we will also have new actions to take on the issues, together -- postcarding, phonebanking, textbanking, and more.

    Have an action to suggest? Contact Max Dunitz [email protected]

    WHEN
    April 14, 2021 at 7pm
    WHERE
    via Zoom
    Paris 75015
    France
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  • published 2021 Youth Caucus Election Candidates in Youth Caucus 2021-03-04 05:06:31 -0500

    2021 Youth Caucus Election Candidates

    2021 DA FRANCE YOUTH CAUCUS ELECTION CANDIDATES

    The nominations and call for candidates period for the 2021 DA France Youth Caucus Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for the candidates standing for election for the four officer positions -- Co-Chair, Communications, Events, and Political Engagement. As announced, there will be 2 officers elected for each officer position. In the case of Co-Chair, gender balance applies, meaning that the two Chairs must be of different sex or gender, per the DA France Bylaws.

    The DA France Youth Caucus Election will take place via Zoom on Saturday March 13 at 4PM - RSVP here. All members of the DA France Youth Caucus will receive an email containing a link to the ballot, which may be used to early vote. Those who attend the Election and Meeting will have the chance to hear from the candidates before voting. Results will be tabulated and announced during the meeting.

    New members are welcome to join and vote — please do so by March 12. You must be a U.S. citizen living overseas and at least 18 years old at the time of the next federal election to join Democrats Abroad, and be living in France to vote in this election (join here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/join), and also be a youth member (35 and younger) of the Global Youth Caucus (join here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/yc). Questions? Contact the Youth Caucus Election Board at [email protected].

    If you are a member of the Youth Caucus and do not receive a link to the online ballot but would like one, please contact the Youth Caucus Election Board at [email protected].


    CO-CHAIR CANDIDATE

    RICKY MARC (M)

    My name is Ricky J. Marc, and I wish to become a Co-Chair of the Youth Caucus for this coming term. I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the American Graduate School in Paris, keeping me here for at  least three more years. You can read more about me at my website http://rickyjmarc.com

    I believe that leadership is not solely a top-down, inside-out exercise, where we are all assigned a specific set of roles in the grand scheme of progress. I believe in leadership as a tool of group  empowerment, where we all maximize the things that we are good at, for the good of the whole. 

    I would like to be a Co-Chair of DAF’s Youth Caucus so I may serve as a capable liaison not just between the Youth Caucus and the Greater DAF Community, but many other caucuses. As we  begin a new era under President Joe Biden, I look forward to working to widening the lines of  communication and engagement between our organization and Americans residing abroad. 

    I look forward to working with this organization this term, as well as answering any and all  questions about my candidacy between now and Election Day. 


    CO-CHAIR CANDIDATE

    CHLOE OLSEN (F)

    I am 22 year old Franco-American and have spent the majority of my life in Paris. I recently graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in political science and have served as a Youth Caucus steering committee member since October 2020. I am enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and committed to building a more just and equitable world. As Co-Chair, I believe I could play an important role in growing networks among young democrats in France. Over the summer, I participated in DA’s phone-banking efforts for the 2020 election. In the fall, I responded to voter assistance calls and worked alongside our current Co-Chairs, Nicholas and Victoria, in efforts to register young Americans to vote and assist them in filling out and sending their ballots.

    As we approach the midterm elections, I am excited by the prospect of engaging more young Americans in the electoral process and activating the immense potential of the youth voting bloc. We can grow the youth caucus’ online communities and create more opportunities for young voters to engage in their political process. Only 4.9% of eligible Americans in France voted in the 2018 midterms. Let’s work to create lasting engagement in US politics, particularly among young Americans.

    CO-CHAIR CANDIDATE

    KIT RASMUSSEN (M)

    I'm Kit, I'm 23, and I'm standing for Co-Chair of your Youth Caucus Steering Committee. As a committed Democrat back home in New Hampshire and a Youth Caucus member during my studies in the UK, I’m excited to see the energy present in the progressive youth movement here in France – it’s amazing to see what the previous committee and DAF members have been able to accomplish. I intend to carry on their work of building membership through canvassing and exciting events, and to bring the spirit that defeated Trump into a new administration, where there’s so much potential for positive change.
     
    Having served for several years on the youth executive committee of my church’s national governing body, including as co-chair, I hope I can bring passion and experience in institutional organizing to this role. What matters most to me is building and maintaining a friendly, fun, and open community where we can share the Democratic message and organize our movement. We have the opportunity to change how America is run – I look forward to working with you to build youth engagement and to make young voices heard, here in France and in the Democratic Party as a whole.


    COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER CANDIDATE

    SEAN CACKOSKI

    I propose myself as a candidate for communications officer in the steering committee of Democrats Abroad’s Youth Caucus. As a theatre artist and photographer I have accumulated a wide variety of skills that are immediately applicable to this position. Through my work in the theatre and film, I have practiced and taught elocution and physical awareness techniques which help to communicate information in a clear and captivating way. As a photographer, I create attention-grabbing images with a knowledge of highlighting my subject. I seek to create content that is captivating, informative, and current and have experience creating high-quality images for individuals, associations, and businesses. 

    I am eager to be more actively engaged in the democratic process. Since arriving in Paris in 2015, I have often felt detached from politics feeling that I lack the tools to make a larger impact. I hope that by collaborating on the steering committee I would have the opportunity to connect with other driven and passionate Americans and to stay engaged in United States politics while helping other young students and expatriates do the same.


    COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER CANDIDATE

    KEVIN ROBLES

    Hello, my name is Kevin Robles. My statement follows that I found this group due to confusion on how to vote from abroad. I am happy about the election outcome; and I believe our president deserves our attention. I’m an analyst at work, my hobby is fashion, New York City is my town, growing up I faced the question, who else should join the conversation? I think we are in a position where we should discuss our issues, we have plenty and our country is as big as the European Union. I believe perspective is paramount to that effect, and I have always liked the word democratic to that effect. I would want to open themes to vote on social media to discuss our party. More than a party this is currently a discussion of our future, we have an election to win in 2024 for the safety and future of our country. Today, we must discuss and debate more than ever. As mundane as our news is, let’s wake up and consider our vision as Americans. Why am I running for this position? It is part of the healing I need, and I think meeting people will help. 


    EVENTS OFFICER CANDIDATE

    JONATHON DIAZ

    We all know what an important role community and connectedness played in getting through the past four years. As Events Officer, my goal would be to keep up that momentum!

    As a recent college graduate, I worked for the NY State Democratic Party, where I organized events, including at the 2016 DNC in Philadelphia. After the 2016 elections, I spent two years working at a tech startup that specialized in large-scale online events. So I know what it takes to organize both in-person and virtual events, which will be important as we continue to navigate our way out of the pandemic.

    On a personal note, Young Democrats events have a very special place in my heart. Not only have they helped keep me informed and in-tune, they're the very reason I moved to Paris in the first place, to join my partner whom I met at a Manhattan Young Democrats midterm election watch party in 2018. The opportunity to serve as Young Democrats Events Officer here in France would be a great way for me to give back, and keep building the connections that will be so vital to keeping the blue wave rolling through 2022, 2024 and beyond!

    Merci!


    EVENTS OFFICER CANDIDATE

    PIERRE FILATOV 

    As a member of Democrats Abroad France for the past six years, I have been involved in the evolution of the youth caucus while serving as a member-at-large. During that period, I have helped organize a series of events aimed at young democrats to be aligned with their interests. Conferences, politics and pint nights, standing rallies, sit-down dinners, all of which were a success due to the skills and values that I helped bring forward. Planning and organizing events have been the center of my professional life, from a bachelors degree in Marketing & Event Management to a Masters degree in Events, PR & Media. As an events officer for the youth caucus, I will put forward and lay out all the acquired competencies to develop a strategy in both the operational and marketing functions of events that are designed to attract American citizens under the age of thirty five. Organizing events has always been a pleasure for me and I very much look forward to exercising that passion with a new team for the next couple of years. 


    EVENTS OFFICER CANDIDATE

    MARGAUX STROUD 

    I'm Margaux Stroud, and I’m a 25-year-old Franco-American. I grew up in Toulouse, and I vote in Nashville, Tennessee. I studied in France, Canada and Belgium. My academic background is both clinical psychology and international Human Resource Management; therefore, people are my priority.  

    I used to be a Girl Scout leader; I really enjoyed helping teenage girls grow through outdoor activities. 

    As an intern at L’Oréal last year I worked as an international mobility officer. I took the initiative to organize events for the whole intern community as we were  all, unfortunately, isolated and working remotely. I managed to organize small gatherings outdoors #covid. 

    I’m also an ambassador of my former Master’s degree program at Skema Business School. I have a referrer role in order to share my experience and to  advise potential students.  

    I naturally bring people together, I like to share moments with all, whether I know people or not. 

    I feel compelled to act through DA to make a difference in any possible way. I’d love to put my skills to good use as an Events Officer for the DA France Youth Caucus. 

    Thank you for your attention; I hope to meet you soon!


    POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT OFFICER CANDIDATE

    NINA KUROSE 

    I’m pleased to submit my candidacy for the position of DA Youth Caucus GOTV co-chair. During the 2020 election cycle, I worked on both the national level as well as with local, Paris-based GOTV operations. I coordinated and oversaw weekly Zoom voter registration drop-in sessions for DA France and DA Global. In addition to working directly with voters, this role also meant coordinating, activating and engaging volunteers across all DA countries. Additionally, I helped with training sessions and the development of voter assistance resources for GOTV volunteers.

    In my professional life, I’m a co-founder and Director of New Business for a Paris-based advertising agency, and have strong experience in community engagement and partnership development. I’ve been living in France since 2013, received my Masters degree from Sciences Po Paris, and previously worked in the French public university system. I am familiar with the university system and young professional networks in France - a valuable asset that I would bring to further developing, enriching and expanding the GOTV Youth Caucus outreach strategy.

    It would be an honor to serve on the Youth Caucus committee, and use the momentum of 2020 to ensure even stronger youth engagement in upcoming election cycles.


    POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT OFFICER CANDIDATE

    RAPHAËL LAIZEAU 

    My name is Raphaël Laizeau, I am a 22 year old French-American student in Paris. I was an ecology candidate for mayor last year in the town of Épinal. After organizing climate marches, doing policy debates, and launching a petition against an environmentally unsound construction project in Épinal, I decided to run for mayor while still an art student. I learned a lot about the local politics, getting people together for political action, and the importance of communication. I was also very happy to volunteer to help get Americans to vote via Votefromabroad,org here in Paris last year.

    Today, I seek your vote for Political Engagement Officer for the Youth Caucus of DA France, to support events and get information out about the Democratic Party. I am no longer involved with French party politics and I would enjoy helping getting the Youth Caucus more engaged on the issues. I am excited to have this chance to be more involved in US politics and the Democratic Party from France. I believe we can improve the profile of the Democratic Party among youth and student voters in France, and convince them that we are the party of all people. 

    Thank you.


    POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT OFFICER CANDIDATE

    SARAH RICHARDSON 

    My name is Sarah Richardson and I have been involved with the Young Democrats for three short years since being introduced via the College Democrats. 
    I have experience working as a Volunteer Coordinator in Santa Cruz, California and with various GOTV drives. Currently, I work as an HR Manager in Paris where I have been living for two years now. I do not have a big network in France but am passionate about helping folks navigate complex administrative procedures. My objective as a political engagement officer would be to make sure that voters abroad have the support they need in registering to vote absentee and that they are informed about the local elections and measures that they are voting on. The hardest part about voting should be deciding who to vote for; everything else from changing your address to ensuring you are registered with the right party can be made easy for you. 

    I hope to make use of the learnings collected from the individuals that have built up the Democrats Abroad to make sure that we can maximize turnout in 2022 and beyond.


  • 2021 Diversity Caucus Co-Chair Candidates

    The nomination period for the 2021 Diversity Caucus Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for the candidates standing for election. We will elect two Co-Chairs for the Diversity Caucus.

    The voting period begins now and will continue through the end of our Annual General Meeting (AGM) which takes place on March 6th at 1PM. Candidates will give speeches at the AGM prior to the close of voting and tabulation. Results will be announced at the end of the meeting. RSVP here to attend.

    New members are welcome to vote — tell a friend! New members should join DA and the Diversity Caucus by Friday March 5th to vote. To join DA go to: www.democratsabroad.org/join. To join the caucus email us at [email protected]. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. 

    If you are a member of the caucus and cannot access the online ballot, please contact the DAF Diversity Caucus Election Board [email protected].

    DAF Diversity Caucus Election Board

    Tanya Dohoney

    Jean Guo

    Khalid Leese


    DIVERSITY CAUCUS CO-CHAIR CANDIDATE

    REED KENNEDY

    My name is Reed Kennedy. I am running for re-election as Co-Chair of the Diversity Caucus of Democrats Abroad France because I would like to continue my work engaging the American community in France on issues of importance to people of color. 

    Since 2017 I have served in several roles in Democrats Abroad including Member-At-Large on the National Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the Diversity Caucus and Chair of the Paris Chapter. In each of these roles I feel I have made a meaningful contribution.

    I am particularly proud of my work with the Diversity Caucus, where we have grown our membership through improved communication and events. We now have a Steering Committee to further expand our programming and reach. Over the past four years we have had great success bringing together people of every ethnicity for political, cultural and social events including our MLK tribute at the American Church and the curated tour of the Modéle Noir exhibit at the Musée d’Orsay.

    For me the caucus has been an amazing platform to support the community and energize voters. I would like to build upon my experience and continue serving the organization. I appreciate your consideration and vote.


    DIVERSITY CAUCUS CO-CHAIR CANDIDATE

    VERONICA POLLARD

    I am a member of Democrats Abroad France and have been an active participant in DAF since moving to Paris in 2012. For the past 18 months, I have been co-chair with Reed Kennedy of the DAF Diversity Caucus and am a member of DAF’s Executive Committee. I am running for another term as Caucus co-chair because I want to continue to help create programs and strategies that grow and engage a diverse membership and ensure that all voices within our organization are represented and heard. We have established a Caucus Steering Committee of members of various backgrounds and have created programs to reflect this diversity, most recently a virtual celebration of Lunar New Year and an upcoming Black History Month event, with more planned for the future.  

    My professional background is in marketing, communications and journalism. I have held executive leadership roles in for-profit and non-profit organizations, including ABC, Inc.; Toyota Motor North America; and UNICEF USA. I was a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, worked for Newsweek magazine and have served on non-profit boards in the United States and France. 

    If elected, I will work to increase the outreach and impact of the Diversity Caucus as well as the voice of Democrats Abroad France. Thank you for your consideration.


  • Political Forum: Special Weekly Edition - The First Hundred Days


    Join Political Forum host Jean-Pierre LaRochelle and leaders of Democrats Abroad France in this Special Weekly Edition of Political Forum - The First Hundred Days. We will discuss current events with a special focus on the critical first hundred days of the Biden Administration. Send your questions to [email protected]

    WHEN
    April 30, 2021 at 7pm
    WHERE
    via Zoom
    Paris 75015
    France
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  • Political Forum: Special Weekly Edition - The First Hundred Days


    Join Political Forum host Jean-Pierre LaRochelle and leaders of Democrats Abroad France in this Special Weekly Edition of Political Forum - The First Hundred Days. We will discuss current events with a special focus on the critical first hundred days of the Biden Administration. Send your questions to [email protected]

    WHEN
    April 23, 2021 at 7pm
    WHERE
    via Zoom
    Paris 75015
    France
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  • Political Forum: Special Weekly Edition - The First Hundred Days


    Join Political Forum host Jean-Pierre LaRochelle and leaders of Democrats Abroad France in this Special Weekly Edition of Political Forum - The First Hundred Days. We will discuss current events with a special focus on the critical first hundred days of the Biden Administration. Send your questions to [email protected]

    WHEN
    April 16, 2021 at 7pm
    WHERE
    via Zoom
    Paris 75015
    France
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  • published 2021 Bylaws Changes - Public Comment in News 2021-03-03 05:18:00 -0500

    2021 Bylaws Changes - Public Comment

    Proposed DA France Bylaws Changes - Public Comment

    A proposed draft of changes to the DA France Bylaws is now available for review and public comment. We will review the major changes to the draft at the DA France AGM on April 17, 2021 prior to voting on whether to approve. Questions? Please email the DA France Bylaws Committee at [email protected].

    • To view the current DA France Bylaws of March 2020, see here.
    • To view the 2021 proposed Bylaws changes, the "Markup" version, see here. This version shows where the text is being changed.
    • To view the "clean" version of 2021 proposed changes, see here. This version shows how the final text reads with changes accepted.
    • To provide comment and feedback to the Bylaws Committee, please use this Public Comment form, here

    Many thanks!

    The 2021 DA France Bylaws Committee

    Julia Grégoire, Committee Chair
    Jonathon Holler
    Joseph Smallhoover 
    Scott Stroud
    Ada Shen
    [email protected]abroad.fr


  • 2021 DA France National Elections and Annual General Meeting

    Please RSVP by APRIL 15, 2021 to be registered to vote at this meeting

    Join us for the biennial election of the National Democrats Abroad France (DA France) Officers and Voting Representatives. The national elections and meeting will be held on April 17, 2021 online via Zoom from 2 PM. We will hear candidate speeches and elect a new Leadership team for Democrats Abroad France, hear about how DA France will continue its important work on US elections and political engagement heading into the 2022 midterms and with eyes on 2024, and vote on proposed Bylaws changes.

    For more information on the nominating process and the Call for Candidates, please see here.

    The nominations period has now closed. To see the Candidates Statements, please see here.

    Stay tuned - this page will be updated with agenda details.

    2021 NATIONAL OFFICER AND VOTING REPRESENTATIVE ELECTIONS

    All members of Democrats Abroad France are welcome to attend and vote in the DA France National Officer and Voting Representative Elections on April 17. You will have an opportunity to hear from the candidates themselves prior to the close of voting and final tabulation of results. All members wanting to vote at the meeting are asked to register to vote by virtue of RSVP for this meeting, below, on or before April 15th -- this allows the DA France Election Board to prepare the voter rolls on the day of the meeting.

    EARLY / ABSENTEE VOTING OPTION

    All DA France members also have the option to vote early via an online absentee ballot made available to them via email, from March 28 until 5PM on April 15th. This is to encourage member participation from all across France even if they cannot attend the meeting on Election Day. As a result, no nominations from the floor will be allowed. 

    If you elect to vote via the Early Vote/Absentee Ballot, you will not be able to vote in the same election a second time even if you attend the Election Meeting. However, in the event of ties, the DA France Election Board may elect to conduct snap Run-off Elections to break ties, time and other conditions permitting, at their discretion. In such case, all members of DA France who have RSVPd for the meeting by April 15th and in attendance at the Election Meeting, will be allowed to vote in any Run-off Elections. Absentee voting will not be an option for snap Run-off Elections since they will be conducted at the Election Meeting. RSVP below to register to vote on Election Day, April 17.

    To join Democrats Abroad, please go to www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021 and resident in France.

    PROPOSED DA FRANCE BYLAWS CHANGES - PUBLIC COMMENT

    A proposed draft of changes to the DA France Bylaws is available for review and public comment. We will review the major changes to the draft at the AGM prior to voting on whether to approve. Questions? Please email the DA France Bylaws Committee at [email protected].

    • To view the current DA France Bylaws of March 2020, see here.
    • To view the 2021 proposed Bylaws changes, the "Markup" version, see here. This version shows where the text is being changed.
    • To view the "clean" version of 2021 proposed changes, see here. This version shows how the final text reads with changes accepted.
    • To provide comment and feedback to the Bylaws Committee, please use this Public Comment form, here
    WHEN
    April 17, 2021 at 2pm
    WHERE
    via Zoom
    Paris 75004
    France
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  • published 2021 Aix Marseille Chapter Election Candidates in News 2021-03-02 10:23:06 -0500

    2021 Aix Marseille Chapter Election Candidates

    2021 MARSEILLE CHAPTER ELECTION CANDIDATES

    The nominations period for the 2021 Marseille Chapter Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for the candidates standing for election.

    The Election and Annual General Meeting for the Marseille Chapter of DA France will take place on March 13th at 2PM. Candidates will give speeches prior to the close of voting and tabulation, and results will be announced. RSVP here. Early voting via electronic ballot is available to all members of the Marseille Chapter region — members should look for an email containing a link to this ballot.

    You must be a member of the Marseille Chapter in order to vote. New members are welcome but must join by Friday March 12th. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. Questions? Email the Marseille Election Board [email protected]

    If you are a member of the Marseille Chapter and do not receive a link to the online ballot but would like one, please contact the Marseille Election Board [email protected] 


    CHAPTER CHAIR CANDIDATE

    SUSAN FITOUSSI

    Previous ExCom Positions: Chairperson/ Secretary/Member at Large 

    Based in: MARSEILLE

    I was born and raised in Los Angeles California. 

    I left the USA when I was 24 and have lived abroad since.

    I have been living in Marseille since 1994

    I believe in Universal Health Care – Equal Rights – Gun Control – Black Lives Matter - Environmental Consciousness 

    The Democratic Party represents the values I believe in

    I have been a member of our chapter since it was created in 2008

    I became ‘Chair’ of our chapter in 2019. 

    Over the past 2 years I have been very active in DA France and DA Global and DA Caucus Events.

    GOTV 2020 was certainly the highlight! 

    Helping US Citizens register to vote is a gratifying and important thing to do.

    We have a great team and I hope to continue working together to organize events that will bring our community together and keep the US Blue!


    VICE CHAIR CANDIDATE

    PETER GILLESPIE

    I am a "people person" and communicator, and a third-culture-kid (TCK) from  before the term became popular. I was born and raised in the tropics (São Paulo, Brazil). I spent 25 years in New Orleans where I am registered to vote. I met my French wife in New Orleans. In 1995 we moved our four children and our livelihood to Aix en Provence, France where we have lived since. I am inclined toward progressive public advocacy and am keenly interested in Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street as transformative movements. I am a member of the DA Global Black Caucus and the worldwide Progressive Caucus, and have been a member of the Marseille Chapter of DA since 2009. I look forward to supporting Chapter outreach in the context of DA France activities.


    VICE CHAIR CANDIDATE

    JOHN ESTEBAN RODRIGUEZ                                 

    My roots as a working-class, LGBTQ immigrant of color growing up in rural Georgia profoundly shaped my politics and desire to fight for a more egalitarian United States and world. I understood inequality and injustice because of the way it structured my own trajectory: I started working at age 15, indebted myself to pay my way through college, and until the age of 25, when I came to France, I never had stable health insurance. 

    I have been involved in political activism in Democrats Abroad because I now know that, as the richest country in the world, the U.S. can strive to flatten out inequality, bolster social programs, and tackle the environmental crisis that is already devastating the country. I am running for Marseille Chapter Vice Chair to make Democrats Abroad a more dynamic, energetic and accountable organization to the progressive cause. We need more progressive voices.


    SECRETARY CANDIDATE

    MARNIE DELANEY

    I am excited to have the opportunity to run for Secretary of the Marseille/Aix Chapter of Democrats Abroad.  

    I have lived in the small village of Lorgues for just over two years, coming here from San Francisco after retiring.  I spent my working years in marketing/advertising and subsequently in teaching art to children.  I’ve been politically involved since the 1960’s with a particular interest in women’s rights issues but always with an interest, opinion and inclination to help on a wide range of other challenges. Since joining Democrats Abroad I have organized events & materials for the Global Women’s Caucus (The Suffrage Centennial last August,  our March celebration of Women’s History Month and launching the new Violence Against Women Action Team).. I also did what I could to assist the Global Communications Team leading up to the 2020 election.

    It would be my honor to bring what energy and skills I can to this Chapter.  


    TREASURER CANDIDATE

    AARON AMBEAU 

    Early last year, I discovered the existence of Democrats Abroad and immediately wanted to connect my new life in France to my passion for politics back home. Coming from a politically active family of Democrats in Louisiana, I grew up campaigning, attending political events, and waiting for results on election night.

    When I met my husband in 2001, I had no idea I would be living in France 20 years later, teaching English and seeking an opportunity to help my party overseas. My years as an adolescent psychotherapist in schools and psychiatric settings have made me particularly adept at working to find common ground among diverse groups of people. There is much we can do to support our newly elected administration, create community, and welcome newcomers who seek like-minded expats. I hope to have your support; and I look forward to meeting and working with “all of y’all."


    MEMBER AT LARGE CANDIDATE

    PHILIP J. BREEDEN

    After serving my country as a U.S. diplomat for almost 30 years, I moved to Aix-enProvence in 2014 where I teach and help administer the American College of the Mediterranean/Institute for American Universities. 

    This experience, and my previous post as Consul General in Marseille, led me to get involved with the Marseille Chapter of Democrats abroad.  Under the leadership of Chair Susan Fitoussi I’ve been honored to serve as Member-at-Large and as a Democrats Abroad France media spokesperson during the 2020 Presidential election.  

    I was proud to help ensure the vote abroad was counted, especially that of first time student voters.  Our votes were an important reason we have new leadership in Washington.  Our task now is to help the Biden Administration succeed, giving voice to the many Americans living abroad.  As we all know, democracy is not a spectator sport!

    It is in this spirit that I offer my candidacy as Member at Large.


    MEMBER AT LARGE CANDIDATE

    HEATHER C. ETCHEVERS

    A dual U.S. and French citizen, mother of two who now also vote, I grew up as Gen X in Massachusetts. After a Wellesley B.A., I earned a joint Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and (today’s) Sorbonne Université became a tenured biomedical scientist and team leader with the INSERM (French National Institutes of Health) at Aix-Marseille Université. Residence abroad for 27 years has brought me unique perspective on policies concerning STEM, reproductive/health, cultural and many other issues pertaining to U.S. domestic and foreign policy. An engaged rare disease advocate, organizer of the Marseille March for Science in 2017, my responsibility is to aid the election of Democrats in the U.S., encouraging all rational citizens to remember that they remain a majority in the U.S. and need not succumb to conspiracy or wishful thinking. Our party must implement testable, effective ideas from the diversely talented people who make us proud to be Democrats.


    MEMBER AT LARGE CANDIDATE

    JUSTIN HEIFETZ

    I'm Justin Heifetz and after a decade working as a journalist in Asia, I've relocated to Marseille with my French husband Laurent. Here, I'll continue reporting news freelance for the American media I've been working for, including VICE, CNN and many others. I'm running for member at large because our efforts as democrats are of incredible and arguably unprecedented importance after the past four years. I'll serve DA well because of the skills I've gained over the years as a journalist: I'm quick, organized, I don't back down and I know how to get the word out. Feel free to read more about me at my website justinheifetz.com or email me at [email protected]


    MEMBER AT LARGE CANDIDATE

    JOEL LUBOFF     

    I’m Joel Luboff, and I have been a member of Democrats Abroad France for over 25 years.  For the past two years, I have served as Vice Chair of the Marseille – Aix Chapter.

    We are all proud of our contributions to the gains last year of Democrats.  Perhaps in part because of our success, we can anticipate ever fiercer attempts to suppress mail-in voting in the coming mid-terms.  We all have to do our part to make sure that the voice of Democrats ex-pat continues to be heard.

    I would like to continue my work with the Executive Committee as a Member at Large.


    MEMBER AT LARGE CANDIDATE

    KAREN WILDAU

    I offer myself as a candidate for member at large.  I have served as treasurer and member at large on the committee since 2013, after retiring from law practice here to Aix in 2010. My first job was with a great California congressman in DC in 1968. I later served as a McGovern delegate at the l972 convention as the token white woman under thirty in a predominantly Black district.  How things have changed, happily.  I have never lost my interest in politics and I would like to continue to contribute to positive change. I spent many hours this past year phonebanking to get out the vote and in voter protection work helping expats solve  problems so their votes would be counted. Now, with our “houses divided”, it is even more important that our overseas voices are counted and I want to continue to help.


  • published 2021 Paris Chapter Candidates in News 2021-02-28 09:09:22 -0500

    2021 Paris Chapter Election Candidates

    2021 Paris Chapter Election Candidates

    The nominations period for the 2021 Paris Chapter Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for the candidates standing for election.

    The Election and Annual General Meeting for the Paris Chapter of DA France will take place on March 13th at 1PM. Candidates will give speeches prior to the close of voting and tabulation, and results will be announced. RSVP here. Early voting via electronic ballot is available to all members of the Paris / Île de France Chapter region — members should look for an email containing a link to this ballot.

    You must be a member of DAF Paris in order to vote. New members are welcome but must join by Friday March 12th. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. Questions? Email the Paris Election Board [email protected]

    If you are a member of DAF-Paris and do not receive a link to the online election but would like one, please contact the DA France Paris Election Board [email protected] 


    CHAPTER CHAIR

    JUAN CERDA

    Bonjour! Je me présente, je suis Juan Cerda, and I would be honored to receive your vote as Chair for the Paris Chapter.

     As a professional Gay Latino man and a life-long Democrat, I have always wanted to address the critical economic, social, and environmental challenges. I am running for Chair because I want to continue our work to build a stronger coalition and widen the Democrats Abroad (DA) party tent. I joined DA in 2016, in which I immediately began making phone calls, helping voters get registered, and co-hosted numerous fundraising events. In 2017, I founded a grassroots Chapter of Solidarity Sundays of Democrats Abroad Austria (DAA) with other grassroots activists. Today the group has expanded throughout our entire Europe, Middle East, & Africa (EMEA) region. I have had the honor to serve in key leadership roles, including as the Vice-Chair (DAA), an EMEA regional Biden Delegate, Global LGBTQ Coordinator, and within our Global Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

    I humbly ask for your vote; I will bring my years of experience, unique skills, and passion for registering voters. 

    N’hésitez pas à consulter le site www.juancerda.com pour plus de renseignements!


    CHAPTER VICE CHAIR

    KATE BARRETT
     
    My name is Kate Barrett, and I would like to submit my candidacy for the position of Vice-Chair of the DAF Paris Chapter.
     
    A Seattle transplant living in France for the past 10 years, I am the current Paris Secretary and acting Vice-Chair. As a project manager in the public transit sector, I am passionate about the importance of public services in providing equal opportunity and access to all members of society, regardless of means or background.
     
    I ran for Secretary in 2019 to contribute directly to DA's efforts to fight the erosion of democratic norms in the US and to put an end to the incompetence and bigoted cruelty of the Trump administration. I’m proud of what we've accomplished, but there is still so much more to do.
     
    As Vice-Chair, I will be committed to building on the work of the past two years to ensure we have a Chapter with the vision, structure, and efficiency needed to be an asset to DA France's core mission of serving the American community abroad through voter outreach, education and engagement. It would be an honor to continue to use my skills and experience to serve the Paris Chapter in this capacity.


    CHAPTER SECRETARY

    JOSEPH SMALLHOOVER

    My activism with Democrats Abroad France started at the grassroots when I joined in the winter of 1985 after working for the Mondale Ferraro campaign in California the previous year. I’ve held many posts in Democrats Abroad, both in France and globally, and I have one-of-kind in-depth experience with the Party, wide acquaintance with our members and activists, and broad understanding of our policies and platform. In 1985 all of Democrats Abroad was barely larger than today’s membership in the Paris Chapter. That’s how far we’ve come.
     
    My term as International Counsel ends in May; I think it is now time for me to return to the grassroots activism of an earlier time, to put those years of local and international experience to work making the Paris Chapter ever stronger. And working again at the grassroots will inform my continuing work as one of the eight representatives of Democrats Abroad on the Democratic National Committee. There are many challenges ahead, and we need to field the strongest team we can. I pledge to work for to elect Democrats across America, as I have in the past.
     
    I hope that I can count on your vote for me for Paris Chapter Secretary and your support.


    CHAPTER TREASURER

    NATALIA NOLAN

    I was incredibly inspired by the work of Democrats Abroad — and especially our Paris Chapter — during this recent election. As we saw when the votes were finally tallied, mobilizing every single vote was absolutely crucial in ultimately securing the Biden-Harris win. But the slim margin of victory was too close for comfort, and it motivated me to become more involved in our local Chapter. My name is Natalia Nolan and I’m running as Paris Chapter Treasurer to help ensure our Chapter has the resources in place to continue — and even boost — our efforts to mobilize Americans abroad to defend principles of democracy and good governance. My background is in international relations and political science, with experience in public financial management. I also have some knowledge of good practices in internal control and audit which I could bring to the role. I would appreciate your vote for this important position, which I will not take lightly, and work with you to support our strategies and activities here in Paris.


    CHAPTER COMMUNICATIONS 

    EMILIE ROSE AIDAN

    I, Emilie-Rose Aidan, present myself as a candidate for the DAF, Paris Chapter, Communications Coordinator position. 
     
    Born and raised in Paris to an American mother and French father, I attended a bilingual school, matriculated to UK/American universities, then pursued a marketing and communications career in NYC. After a decade, I returned to Paris in 2019; I am a publicist in a luxury PR agency. 
     
    We Democrats witnessed the consequences of 2016’s communications/coordination failures: four years of democratic institutions being dismantled brick-by-brick. Albeit relieved, I fervently believe that the real work begins NOW. I would be honored to assist the Paris chapter to achieve stronger results through education, engagement, and community-building. 
     
    My Democratic Party passion runs strong, undergirded by my mother’s tutelage and my French belief in égalité. While a NYC participant, I proudly witnessed my late mother’s Democratic Party work via DAF/Indivisible-France, including her coordinating the Paris Women’s Marches. I would be honored to continue her legacy by serving DAF. As a bilingual, multicultural communications professional who is skilled in brand strategy, digital content, public relations, and storytelling, I bring robust skills—further bolstered by my passion for democracy and social justice—to serve in this role. 
     
    Merci à tous.


    CHAPTER OUTREACH (GOTV/Database)

    SIMONE SLIFMAN

    I am pleased to submit my candidacy for Chapter Outreach Coordinator. Our founding board has set a high bar for success; I would be honored to continue and expand upon their work, ensuring every eligible American in our region knows their voting rights and can cast their vote from abroad. 

    A DA France member since 2018, I volunteered hundreds of hours with the national and global GOTV teams during the 2020 election cycle, solving complex individual voter problems, supporting special projects, and serving as a resource to other GOTV volunteers when needed. My GOTV participation began in 1992, and my 20 years of management experience in local government agencies, combined with my high energy, positive and collaborative spirit, creativity, flexibility, and love of technology have readied me to succeed in serving our membership. 

    While we bask in the afterglow of our momentous electoral victories - some clearly won with the help of overseas voters - remaining engaged in the GOTV effort is vital to success in upcoming special elections and the 2022 midterms, when complacency and other factors may reduce voter participation. I’m excited to help lead this effort. 

    Thank you for your consideration.


    CHAPTER EVENTS

    DANETTE LANDRY

    I have been an active member of DA France since 1999. From 2001-2005 I was Chair of Young Democrats Abroad, France, I served as DAF Vice-Chair 2003-2007, and as Co-Chair for the Women's Caucus from 2007-2009. I have been instrumental in organizing activities for sharing interests and rallying points for coalition building, as well as volunteering for voting registration, etc.. A lifelong Democrat and supporter of liberal social values, I have been an active proponent of social liberties for women and minorities around the world, including those in Europe, Africa and Asia. Raised in the Michigan, educated in Social Anthropology at UCLA and completed my graduate studies in France at La Sorbonne and L'Ecole des Hauts Etudes en Sciences Sociales.Today, I am an international artist, which requires me to be to be socially interactive not only in Paris, but also in Europe and the United States. My long association with DAF, and my experience living and working in diverse parts of the world, all complement and strengthen my interests in Democratic social values and will enable me to further contribute to the DAF as the Coordinator of Paris Events. Thank you for considering my candidacy.


  • published 2021 Strasbourg Chapter Leadership Candidates in News 2021-02-26 11:34:36 -0500

    2021 Strasbourg Chapter Leadership Candidates

    The nominations period for the 2021 Strasbourg Chapter Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for some of the candidates standing for the Leadership Board, including some for specified offices.

    The Annual General Meeting for the Strasbourg Chapter of DA France will take place on March 7th at 6PM — RSVP here. Elections are underway via electronic ballot available to all members of the Strasbourg Chapter from February 27 to noon, March 7. Please join us on March 7 to hear the election results and meet the new leadership team.

    New members are welcome to join and vote prior to the close of voting. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by November 2, 2021. 

    If you are a member of DAF Strasbourg Chapter and do not receive a link to the online election but would like one, please contact the DA France Strasbourg Election Board - Barbara, Vivianne, and Ada at [email protected]


    CANDIDATE STATEMENT FOR CHAPTER CHAIR 

    PATRICK GANNE

    Bonjour, my name is Patrick GANNE. I am declaring my candidacy to serve on the Democrats Abroad Strasbourg Board and to run for Chapter Chair.

    I have been a member of the Strasbourg Chapter of Democrats Abroad France for longer than I can remember. I have served on the Democrats Abroad Strasbourg Board for the past four years. I wish to continue my service to our community, our nation and my fellow Democrats. 

    I have assisted in the planning and execution of numerous events in pre-Corona 19 times and it is my intent to continue doing so once we are free to publicly and safely meet in person.

    As a Candidate for Chair of Democrats Abroad Strasbourg I will bring whatever meager talents and experience I possess to the position and dedicate myself to making the Strasbourg Chapter of Democrats Abroad France the absolute best that it can be.


    CANDIDATE STATEMENT FOR CHAPTER SECRETARY

    STEVE MESZAROS

    I’m originally from Maryland, have lived in the Alsace for 20 years and joined DA in 2004. I consider it vital to get as many Americans as possible out to vote and donate in the coming election cycles – even more so than in the past due to the fractured state of our nation and the unending saga of Trumpism. 

    To this effect there are several things I consider important for the Strasbourg chapter in the coming months:

    • Increasing activities again as soon as the pandemic allows. This includes both social events and events providing political information, lectures, and discourse.
    • Increasing contact with local media to make Americans in the area aware of the Strasbourg DA chapter and attracting new members.
    • Cooperating with DA Switzerland and DA Germany to build a critical mass for larger, more attractive events.

    CANDIDATES FOR CHAPTER COMMS OFFICER 

    KEVIN MORGAN-ROTHSCHILD

    I write to you today for your consideration as Communications and Social Media Officer of the Democrats Abroad Strasbourg Chapter. 

    In 2019, I started to feel more and more disturbed by the situation in our home country. Briefly, I considered moving back to get involved in the upcoming election, ultimately, I decided to stay in Strasbourg and continue my life here. During the summer of 2020, I discovered this chapter via Facebook. Becoming a part of the movement to elect a Democratic candidate for president of the United States fulfilled my untapped desire from years prior.

    Throughout the months of August to October I worked to encourage followers of our page to vote in the November election. Additionally, I co-organized two debate bingo games. This is why this February; I ask to join the board of Democrats Abroad Strasbourg chapter so that we can keep working to preserve democracy together.


    CANDIDATES FOR CHAPTER LEADERSHIP BOARD

    CRAIG GOODMAN

    This last election has clearly shown us, if there was any doubt, that small numbers of votes can prove to be decisive.  Our votes from abroad may well have been the few thousand here and there that helped the Biden-Harris team win.  With this in mind, I want to continue to serve.  A US citizen, American born and educated, I have lived in France since 1987; first in Paris, and since 1998 in Strasbourg.  My two children attended school in the French public schools' Anglophone international section.  I am a career musician, professor at the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin (HEAR); Conservatoire, and artistic director of an international festival in Denmark. I believe in France's societal model as well as the importance for the US to revive, enhance and expand its promising identity.  


  • published 2021 Candidates for Avignon in News 2021-02-20 15:45:03 -0500

    2021 Candidates for Avignon Chapter Elections

    The Avignon Election Board is pleased to announce the candidates for Avignon Chapter Chair and Vice Chair. All members of DA France living in the the Avignon Chapter area will receive a ballot by email -- voting will end on March 6 at 2PM. For questions please contact the Avignon Election Board Catherine Tate (Chair), Elaine Garcin, Ellen Pumo, and Charles Jarworski at [email protected]


    Candidate for Avignon Chapter Chair

    JACK MC DERMOTT

    I have been Chair of the DA-Avignon chapter for two momentous years, and would like to go on for another  term. Why? I want to continue the push for a ‘Blue Wave’...to ´discover’ and enroll Americans abroad,  ensure they are informed, and to encourage them to vote.  

    In so many contests absentee ballots, many from DA members, make the difference.  During these last two years Democrats secured the WH and slim majorities in Congress. And while results  are mixed at State & Local levels, we made progress. But we need to do more. As a former HR Executive  with international experience, I believe I have the insight and experience to get things done. I’ve lived  nearly 40 years in Europe: Holland, Switzerland, and now retired in France. I’ve learned much and I want  to contribute.  

    So, while safety concerns have constrained our ability to gather (nearly all activities are online) it has not  eliminated the need to connect. We will meet again. I ask for your support to continue as DA Chair of the  Avignon Chapter.  


    Candidate for Avignon Chapter Secretary  

    DENNIS SHIBUT  

    I have eight years of chapter leadership experience: two consecutive terms (2012-16) as chair and two  terms (2016-20) as vice-chair. I first became a member of the Avignon chapter when it first started in 2004.  I’ve resided in Avignon for more than 30 years, enjoying the cuisine, sun, and cycling.  

    Professionally I’m a physicist for the environment and worked for NASA (Skylab Mission) and taught  physics at the university level. Here in France, I continue to give presentations at universities and schools 

    on green living and renewable energy. I am also an Ambassador for Enercoop, France’s best-rated  renewable energy utility.  

    During my tenures, our membership tripled through monthly events, and during the presidential and  congressional campaigns our ballot arrivals scored an 80 percent success rate, a high point for DAF. Our  4-step process for this success is now standard practice for DA chapters worldwide. Another first was  getting a local cinema to advertise our chapter on-screen at low cost. Two years ago, I helped start a new  DA chapter in Montpellier, where there are now 154 members and growing. I ask for your vote. 


National Chair, DA France (2019-2021). DA member since 2007. Founding organizer DA China (2007-2017). I live in Paris, vote in Orange County, CA.