ExCom Positions: Chair, Vice Chair
At-Large Board Member: Member At-Large
Based in: Shanghai
Being raised on the South-side of Chicago, I found myself surrounded by diversity, progressiveness, and predominantly liberal-minded people. Growing up in the same neighborhood as Obama's adopted Chicago home, I felt the energy and momentum in 2008 leading up to the election and as a high school student I was inspired to get involved. I served as an election judge during the primaries and general election and this is where my dedication to the democratic party began, but it did not end there.
From September to November 2016, as the main organizer for Shanghai during the General Election, I volunteered over 100 hours registering people to vote and organizing other volunteers. Shanghai was able to directly register over 200 people for the general election and my party enthusiasm went beyond getting out the vote. I also organized the debate re-broadcasting events, the Trumpland viewing event, and the DA election results watch. While the results were an upset and the current political climate is filled with disappointment and dismay, I continue to move forward. I have facilitated, and helped others facilitate, post-election events from post-card writing to call storming. Since the General Election I have also served on the Steering Committee leading the formation of the DA China Country Committee.
If elected Vice-Chair, I will continue my passion and dedication to fulfilling one of our major goals - getting out the vote. My duties will not stop there. I have a sincere desire and vision to expand DA China's presence beyond the major cities of Beijing and Shanghai. I am willing to travel to cities outside of Shanghai to meet fellow party members, ensure they feel part of this organization, and to help them establish and engage their community in our grassroots movement. While I personally believe in, and support, a democratically progressive platform, I realize the necessity and importance of uniting all shades of blue within our party and will make it my goal to represent all democrats in China.
Thank you for your consideration. EMAIL
ExCom Positions: Undeclared
At-Large Board Member: Advisor, At-Large Member
Based in: Shanghai
I have been active in "get-out-the-expat-vote" activities here in Shanghai for nearly two decades, and have also organized voter registration and platform development events in years past. As the involvement of Dems Abroad in the DNC's activities have increased -- and as the political situation in the U.S. has deteriorated -- I have become more motivated to become involved in DA China. The establishment of the DA China Board of Directors is a welcome development and I hope to put my leadership experience in business and social organizations to work to ensure that the voices of Americans in China are heard loud and clear in the halls of power.
I first came to China as a graduate student (MA/MBA U Mich) in 1986 and returned as an executive with CIGNA, a Fortune 100 financial services company, in 1995. After two years in Beijing, I moved with my family to Shanghai and became involved in the leadership of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, serving as a board member, Treasurer, Vice Chair, Chairman and head of the Nominations and Elections Committee. During my time on the AmCham Shanghai board, we quadrupled membership, professionalized management and raised the profile of the organization in Shanghai and Washington, D.C.
In 2001, my wife Tina and I established AsiaMedia, a marketing and communications firm that assists companies large and small in developing their market strategies, branding and public relations capabilities. Our networks in China business and media circles are broad and deep, and I'd like to activate these networks in the interests of Democrats Abroad and Americans everywhere.
Tina and I also founded and continue to lead Historic Shanghai, dedicated to raising awareness of the value of the city's unique historic, cultural and built heritage. This project has helped us to learn how to create, build and sustain a public interest organization; to attract, train and motivate volunteers; and to evaluate and navigate complex political environments.
I'd like to put my experience in organizational leadership, issues management and multi-channel communication to work for Democrats Abroad China. Thanks in advance for your encouragement and support. EMAIL
ExCom Positions: Treasurer
At-Large Board Member: Advocacy for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Based in: Beijing
I earned a doctorate in Art History and a second master's degree in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Iowa. My dissertation takes an interdisciplinary approach to discuss contemporary Chinese art and culture. For ten years I have studied, research, and taught in China. In 2012, I met Ambassador Gary Locke and contributed a photo essay for the embassy’s publication New Communication.
During graduate school, I successfully wrote grants proposals for symposia held by my department. I also assisted an artist in Iowa City to draft a grant proposal for which she awarded a grant in 2007. For my own research, I wrote proposals for several grants and fellowships that facilitated my research.
I have canvassed across Iowa for the Democratic Party since the general election in 2004 covering areas of divergent socioeconomic conditions and political beliefs. I have participated in the Iowa Caucus whenever residing in Iowa and voted in primaries with Democrats Abroad while overseas. In 2014, I canvassed for the Iowa Democratic Party in Johnson County. My coordinator called me a 'rock star canvasser’ then for my ability to sign up people for early voting and then collect their ballots.
Aside from academics and politics, I have been an advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since I was a teenager: volunteering at Mosaic Bethphage Mission near my hometown in rural Nebraska, helping with the Special Olympics as an undergraduate at Creighton University, and then as a full-time advocate at the Arc of Southeast Iowa while I defended my dissertation. Last year, I spent ten months teaching in a school district outside of Tokyo that had a disproportionate number of students facing the challenges of such disabilities.
Moreover, I lived in the tsunami disaster zone for a year after the Great East Japan earthquake of 2011. I volunteered, taught English in schools that served as temporary shelters, and researched the effects of the disaster on the spiritual lives of people during the recovery phase. My research was published in a scholarly anthology in 2013.
I am also the secretary of my family's farm and have a keen interest in financial and commodities markets. I am honored to have these experiences, and I hope to complement the executive leadership of Democrats Abroad China. Thank you for considering my candidacy. EMAIL
ExCom Positions: Vice Chair; Treasurer
At-Large Board Member: LGBT Caucus Lead; Member-At-Large
Based in: Beijing
My name is Dallas Tokash. Democrats Abroad China is very close to my heart. I have been in Beijing for more than 6 years, I am an intern at a local hospital and will start a pediatric program next fall. I plan to stay in China for many years. I lived in Milan, for 3 years where I first got into DA and helped get Obama elected. I have also lived in Rome, where I marched against the Iraq war and in Taiwan. I have leadership experience in academics and my spiritual community. I have volunteered in our party and DA in the past and now I would like your support for a position on the leadership board, where I would like to work on GOtV and membership engagement on the issues. The example given by those who have led us before is the inspiration for why I want to be one of the next generation of leaders who are ready to create a platform for all Democrats and future Democrats to focus on one task, changing red to BLUE. I met so many amazing people phone banking in 2016. Working together with these people showed me what our party was about and how it worked; they showed me the way, they showed me how to make calls, how to talk to the voters with hope and love, not fear and anger. Get Out the Vote is where I was able to get to work and I love it. I was initially in it for our candidate and then for our issues. During my breaks, I would do two things, talk to other volunteers listening to what they were passionate about and I would also listen to others on their phone calls, so that I could learn what worked. I heard that everyone has issues that are close to their heart, mine are gun control, electing female candidates, and as a future doctor I know how important women's health is. Every person should have access to healthcare and a healthy life, including a clean and healthy planet. I am thankful to Black Lives Matter for waking a lot of people up. I have marched for LGBT issues all my life, I never dreamed that LOVE would win, then it did. It was at my first pride parade where I saw the power of positive politics and power in numbers. I have been active in our party since my first vote for Bill Clinton. It was then in 2016, I realized I had been complacent, letting others do the work. I am proud of this party and I am ready to focus on our top priority, electing democrats up and down the ticket. I have experience leading groups and am familiar with Roberts Rules which provide the chance for all voices to be heard. I am here to show my gratitude to those who led the way for me. As a country committee of a country the size of China, there is another goal that I think is also important, letting every voice be heard. My hope that the leadership will be the lowest position in the country committee being led by the voters, and serving as the organizers. Technology and good leadership organization will help everyone in this vast country have the chance to participate. Let me know where you need me. EMAIL
ExCom Positions: Treasurer
At-Large Board Member: Advisor, Member At-Large
Based in: Beijing
My name is Jim Spear, 萨洋 in Chinese. I'm a designer and sustainable tourism business person based in Mutianyu Village near the Great Wall who has lived in China since 1986. Before coming to China I earned degrees at UC Berkeley and served in the U.S. Army. I have been married to Liang Tang for 35 years and we have two adult daughters, Lauren and Emily, who now live in New York. I am a registered voter in Arizona. Democrats Abroad is working toward a more inclusive society that respects and protects the rights and interests of the vast majority of American citizens and residents. This includes supporting diversity. Our party also believes in stewarding our home, this planet Earth, with policies that protect the environment and limit human-caused climate change. I feel that participation in an organized political party with these decent principles is a way I can help make a difference. I would be honored to have the chance to serve as a member of the Leadership Board here in China and if elected I will do my best to be accessible, to keep an open mind, and to be active. Because of my business experience I think I could also make a contribution on the Executive Committee in the role of Treasurer. I am proud to be a Democrat and I ask you to support me for the Board. Thank you. EMAIL
ExCom Positions: Chair; Vice Chair; Director of Communications and Information Technology
At-Large Board Member: Events
Based in: Beijing
I have been involved in political organizing for the past eight years, and I have extensive experience working in China. As the Content Manger of Marketing and Communications at the American Chamber of Commerce in China, I am also backed by a network of experienced professionals that can help DA China overcome the numerous challenges that beset all new organizations and set upon a course for stability.
As a founding member and 2-term Vice President of the Political Science Graduate Student Association at Missouri State University, I was also elected to serve two terms on the Graduate Student Senate and oversaw a budget of more than $250,000 and was responsible for programs that benefitted more than 26,000 students. My academic work in political mobilization, voter communication strategy, and emotional framing also position me to uniquely contribute to the establishment of Democrats Abroad.
If elected, my goals would be to:
• Organize resources and activates for Democrats across every part of China, including monthly activities in active cities for members and virtual meetings for the leadership team.
• Recruit Democrats in China to our organization by developing specific communication strategies to recruit different based on the different profiles of members most likely to get involved.
• Advocate for DA China with the experience and backing of the professional organizers and Democrats that have organized for DA in Asia and for the Democratic Party in the US.
I ask for your vote so that I can bring my passion and experience to bear on the task of organizing Democrats Abroad in China. EMAIL
ExCom Positions: Chair; Vice Chair; Secretary; Director of Communications and Information Technology
At-Large Board Member: Women's Caucus Lead; Progressive Caucus Lead; GOTV Lead
Based in: Beijing
I am a registered Democrat in Michigan, where I was born, and a University of Michigan alumna. I first traveled to China in 1999 and started studying Chinese in Kunming at Yunnan Shifan Daxue in 2006. Based in Beijing since October 2012, I worked as the Head of Analytics for Greenpeace East Asia and now take care of my 2-year-old daughter full time. I very much want to see DA China succeed in providing a meaningful way for members to stay actively engaged with the political process back home. I am a veteran of progressive politics and the labor movement, having worked in data and communications for organizations like Planned Parenthood and the Service Employees International Union. I want to offer my skills in technology and communication to strengthen our community and overcome the challenges we face in connecting members across China and in reaching out to long term residents and those who may stay in China for only a short time. I currently volunteer for the Indivisible Guide, helping moderate their online forum for group leaders. I have never run for office of any kind before, but I am motivated by these emerging leaders and feel an obligation to do more. In particular, I see the difference it makes to have techies and women step up to take the lead. I am ready to get to work and mobilize Democrats across China. EMAIL
ExCom Positions: Undeclared
At-Large Board Member Positions: LGBT Caucus Lead; Youth Caucus Lead
Based in: Beijing
Hi everybody! My name is Joe Good, and I'm a student in a post-grad program at Peking University. I'm originally from Southern California but pursued my undergraduate studies in Oregon, where I also worked for the Governor and then a State Senator for three years. As a Legislative Assistant, I worked on passing common-sense background check legislation for firearm sales and criminal justice reform. With the recent election of Donald Trump, I feel it absolutely necessary to engage and build a stronger Democratic Party. As a 22 year old member of the LGBT community, I feel I can best do so as either the LGBT Caucus Lead or the Youth Caucus Lead. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions! EMAIL
Eighteen Nominees for the first DA China Leadership Board
In response to the DACN AGM announcement of April 6th, 2017, the following candidates have stepped forward to run for the Leadership Board of DA China, by the April 19th deadline. All have been vetted and qualified by the NEC.
The Leadership Board election will be held on May 6th, 2017. Out of the 11 Member Leadership Board will then be elected the Executive Committee of DA China. For more information, please see here.
For this first round of voting, all members of DA China are strongly encouraged to review each candidate and their accompanying statement beforehand, and to contact them with any questions you may have at the email link provided.
- Joseph Good
- Elizabeth Jenkins
- Aaron Kruse
- James Spear
- Dallas Tokash
- Nathan Peterson
- Patrick Cranley
- Samantha Wong
- Brad Janzen
- Angela Bergeson
- Soren Bergeson
- Phong Quan
- Randi Miller
- James Flanagan
- Faith Gary
- Christopher Zombik
- Kira Leinonen
- Joshua Lally
Questions? Please contact the DA China Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) at [email protected]