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Welcome to Democrats Abroad in Basel, Switzerland!

We are a diverse team of volunteers committed to helping Americans connect, vote, and engage with US politics in the greater Basel area. We hold a wide range of activities including voter registration, marches, discussion groups, phone banking, potlucks, and fundraisers.

If you are interested in participating, we have monthly business meetings as well as regular social events. To get started, join Democrats Abroad online and then come around in person to one of our events. We look forward to meeting you! And if you are an American citizen, don't forget to register to vote!

Check us out on Facebook as well, and please, get in touch if you have any questions.

Kristen Jafflin
DACH Basel Chair
[email protected]


DA Basel Leadership:

Kristen Jafflin
| Vice Chair, Basel Chapter
Ben Stewart
| Chair, Basel Chapter
Vivian Beetle
| Secretary, Basel Chapter; DPCA Voting Rep, Switzerland
Jon Frost
| Treasurer, Basel Chapter
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  • News

    Say Hello to the New Basel Leaders!

    The Basel chapter held their AGM on April 18 and elected a new slate of leaders:

    Office Name Email
    Basel Chapter Chair Ben Stewart [email protected]
    Basel Chapter Vice Chair Kristen Jafflin [email protected]
    Basel Chapter Secretary Vivian Beetle [email protected]
    Basel Chapter Treasurer Jon Frost [email protected]
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    2021 DACH Basel Elections: Here are our Nominees

    Announcement: Annual General Meeting and Election of Chapter Officers

    The Basel Chapter of DA Switzerland (DACH) Officers and the 2021 Nominations and Elections Committee are pleased to inform you that our 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will occur on Sunday April 18, 2021  from 14:00 - 16:30. All members of the Basel Chapter of Democrats Abroad Switzerland are invited to attend the AGM. Due to COVID restrictions on public gatherings, we will meet online via Zoom. The primary purpose of the meeting is to elect our 2021-2023 Chapter Officers. We hope you will attend to hear our annual report, to show support for the nominees and, most importantly, to vote for the candidates.

    The offices to be elected are:

    • Chair
    • Vice Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer

    We thank all those who came forward to present themselves as candidates. The candidates and their statements are presented below.

    Proposed Agenda, subject to change:

    • Welcome
    • Roll call - online check-in
    • Approval of minutes from 2020 AGM
    • Year in Review report
    • Short description of positions
    • Thanks to outgoing officers
    • Candidate statements
    • Elections
    • Welcome of new officers
    • Announcements/Upcoming events
    • Adjourn

    All interested members are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration via our website is encouraged to help us simplify the elections process. You will receive the Zoom link upon registration.

    Election Process

    Meeting attendees who are members of the DACH Basel chapter as of Friday April 16th may vote. Online ballots will be made available to all eligible attendees.

    At the meeting, the four offices will be elected one by one, in the order shown above. Since there is a candidate for each of the offices, per our bylaws nominations for office may not be made from the floor. Each candidate will be given two minutes to address the members.

    If you cannot participate in person, it is possible to vote by proxy: Request a proxy form from [email protected], identify a member you know who will attend, send a copy of your completed and signed proxy form to us by April 16th, and give the form to the attending member before the AGM. Any voter at the meeting may hold at most two proxies.

    Voting by advance ballot will not be available.


    Chair - Ben Stewart

    My name is Ben Stewart and I am running for the position of Chair for Democrats Abroad-Basel. I am a native Hoosier and I vote in New York where I last lived before moving to the UK, Basel, Dubai, and now back to Basel. Based on my exposure to the DA-Basel community, I am absolutely convinced that we are well-positioned to continue delivering meaningful opportunities for active citizenship for our fellow Americans in the Basel region. More - add link

    Vice Chair - Kristen Jafflin

    It has been great working with the engaged, active team we have here in Basel over the last 4+ years that I've been active in the chapter. I am hoping to continue that work as Vice Chair for the 2021-2022 period. The last year has been challenging, as the global COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from engaging in many of the activities we hold dear. I'm sure many join me in looking forward to being able to start in-person activities again sometime soon. More - add link

    Secretary - Vivian Beetle

    Living abroad may create physical distance but it need not diminish our connection and involvement. This is what drives my commitment to Democrats Abroad. Working in concert with like-minded folks to address issues and determine leadership in the USA provides a concrete means to contribute from afar. More - add link

    Treasurer - Jon Frost

    I am running as Treasurer for Democrats Abroad Basel. 

    I am a Washington state voter, born and raised in the Seattle area. My wife Elisa, our two kids (9 and 6) and I have lived in Basel since 2017. Before that we lived in Amsterdam for 8 years, and were part of Democrats Abroad in The Netherlands. More - add link

    Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

    Faithfully submitted,
    The Basel Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee
    Jamie Donahoe and Carolyn Groff

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, December 08, 2022 at 06:00 PM Bern Time · $45.00 USD · 4 rsvps
    Kitchen Brew in Allschwil, Switzerland

    Kitchen Brew Tour & Tasting

    Join us at the Kitchen Brew brewery in Allschwil for a tour of the facilities, a tasting, and a substantial apéro!

    DACH Basel has arranged this exclusive tour for our members and we would love to see you there. This event is our 2022 holiday party!

    Additional glasses of beer can be purchased at cost from the brewery.

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