Candidate List and Report


2023 DA International Officer Candidate List and Report

Released on April 26, 2023

The 2023 Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) received 56 nominations for international officer positions before the close of nominations at 11:59 pm ET on April 23, 2023. These nominations were de-duplicated and vetted; candidates who qualified through the vetting process are listed below. Some candidates are running for multiple positions.

 

On April 24, 2023, the NEC requested candidate statements and photographs from all candidates, to be received by 11:59 pm ET on Sun April 30, 2023. We aim to have all submitted information published on the DA website by 11:59 pm ET on Thu May 4, 2023. The elections meeting will take place in the middle of the global annual meeting, currently scheduled to take place June 11-12, 2023.

 

We have also circulated to the candidates our 2023 Nominations and Elections Committee 

General Guidance and Answers document to provide answers to questions on topics including “Candidates and Campaigning,” “The NEC and Its Role,” and “Elections Process/Procedure.” This document can be accessed online (https://www.democratsabroad.org/2023_guidance) and will be updated over time with new or revised guidance.

 

With the circulation of the candidate list contained in this report and the above General Guidance and Answers document, campaigning may officially start.


Please remember that campaigning (whether by a candidate or surrogate) is considered personal business, and there should be a strict separation between campaigning and Democrats Abroad business. Without obtaining permission of the Global NEC, there may be no commingling of campaigning with Democrats Abroad activities or resources. Candidates and their surrogates must act ethically in line with the code of conduct and should ensure any campaigning opportunity using Democrats Abroad channels and resources has been sanctioned by the Global NEC. The Global NEC takes its responsibility seriously to ensure Democrats Abroad channels are used in a fair and ethical way. For more details, please see our guidance document.  

 

The NEC will be offering opportunities for candidate communication. We will also be providing guidelines for DA caucuses or other entities who want to hold their own “meet the candidates” events. Guidance on these details will be coming soon. To obtain permission for such an event, or if you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected]

  1. Qualified Candidate Lists

All candidates are shown in alphabetical order, by last name.

 

International Chair

#

First Name

Last Name

Sex

Country of Residence

Region

1

Peter

Gallego

Male

Spain

EMEA

2

Martha

McDevitt-Pugh

Female

Netherlands

EMEA

3

Hozefa

Merchant

Male

India

APAC

4

Leedonal 'Jazz'

Moore

Non-Binary

Switzerland

EMEA

5

Art

Schankler

Male

Serbia

EMEA

 

International Vice Chair

#

First Name

Last Name

Sex

Country of Residence

Region

1

Peter

Gallego

Male

Spain

EMEA

2

Steve

Nardi

Male

Canada

Americas

3

Sergei

Orel

Male

Switzerland

EMEA

4

Art

Schankler

Male

Serbia

EMEA

5

Jennifer

von Estorff

Female

Germany

EMEA

6

Daniel

Zubia

Male

Ecuador

Americas

 

International Secretary

#

First Name

Last Name

Sex

Country of Residence

Region

1

Alexander

Brunner

Male

United Kingdom

EMEA

2

Renee

Clarke

Female

Italy

EMEA

3

Karen

Frankenstein

Female

Germany

EMEA

4

Susan

Mackenzie

Female

Australia

APAC

5

Sergei

Orel

Male

Switzerland

EMEA

 

International Treasurer

#

First Name

Last Name

Sex

Country of Residence

Region

1

Peter

Gallego

Male

Spain

EMEA

2

Sergei

Orel

Male

Switzerland

EMEA

3

Joshua

Van der Ploeg

Male

United Kingdom

EMEA






International Counsel

#

First Name

Last Name

Sex

Country of Residence

Region

1

Anne

Brady

Female

Ireland

EMEA

2

Sergei

Orel

Male

Switzerland

EMEA

3

Heather

Stone

Female

Israel

EMEA

4

Summer

Tillman

Female

United Kingdom

EMEA



II. Summary Table 



 

Region

Gender

   

Position

Americas

APAC

EMEA

Female

Male

Non-Binary

 

Total

Chair

0

1

4

1

3

1

 

5

Vice Chair

2

0

4

1

5

0

 

6

Secretary

0

1

4

3

2

0

 

5

Treasurer

0

0

3

0

3

0

 

3

Counsel

0

0

4

3

1

0

 

4