Meet the Candidates for DPCA Global Office

The Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) 2021 Global Meeting will take place the weekend of May 14-16, online. During this meeting, DPCA voting representatives elected at the county committee level (5 from Switzerland) will elect the Global Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Legal Council.

The Global Executive Committee (ExCom) will lead Democrats Abroad for the next two years, giving guidance and support to the leaders and volunteers around the world.

DA Switzerland wants to be sure that we know the candidates and can make informed votes. We wanted our members to have the opportunity to hear from these candidates. We also welcomed DPCA voting representatives from other country committees to attend and ask questions.

This Zoom session was recorded and can be viewed on YouTube:


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Diversity and Inclusion Survey

Following the election of our national leaders at March 14's Annual General Meeting and heading into the chapter AGMs in April, we want to hear from you, our members, to see how you feel about DA Switzerland, what we're doing well, and what we can improve on.

It is clear that diversity and inclusion provide multiple benefits to organizations. We at DACH want to understand where we stand. The linked D&I surveys help gain  insight into whether DACH is making people from all backgrounds feel accepted and welcomed, and whether our members are receiving fair opportunities without any discrimination.

There are two forms of the survey; please feel free to complete either option:


Say Hello to our New Executive Committee!

Last Sunday, Democrats Abroad Switzerland held our 2021 Annual General Meeting, including elections for our 2021-23 leaders!

Say "Hello!" to our new ExCom!

Office Name Email
Chair Eric Burns [email protected]
Vice Chair Liz Voss [email protected]
Secretary Kristen Sharp [email protected]
Treasurer Meli Hughes [email protected]
Member-at-Large Joe Amato [email protected]
Member-at-Large Pete Kaiser [email protected]
Member-at-Large Jennifer Shore [email protected]
Member-at-Large Cedric Sumo [email protected]
Immediate Past Chair, 2020-21 Vance White [email protected]
DPCA Voting Representative Leedonal Moore [email protected]
DPCA Voting Representative Vivian Beetle [email protected]
DPCA Voting Representative Zachary Bailey [email protected]

We are already working on plans for engaging with you, our members, as well as ways to reach out to other US citizens living in Switzerland. We want to hear from you and what you care about, so please get in touch!

2021 Annual General Meeting: Join us this Sunday!

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Switzerland is this Sunday!

We will be electing our leaders for 2021 - 2023; they will guide us through our social, educational, and political events leading up to the 2022 Midterm Elections. This will be a crucial period of creating and executing policy during the first half of President Biden's first term in office and we want your input!

Are you interested in attending? Please RSVP on the event page here.

Learn about the candidates here.

Not a member yet but want to participate in the elections? Join here.

Want to cast a ballot but not able to attend? Complete a proxy form and email it to [email protected].

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2021 DACH Elections: Here are our Nominees

New Executive Committee to be elected at Annual General Meeting March 14

The DA Switzerland 2021 Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce that Election of the 2021-2023 Executive Committee will take place during the 2021 Annual General Meeting, on Sunday March 14th, online. (See separate AGM announcement for details). We hope you will attend to hear our annual reports, to show support for the nominees, and, most importantly, to vote for the candidates of your choice. The offices to be elected are:

  1. Chair

  2. Vice-Chair

  3. Secretary

  4. Treasurer

  5. Members-at-Large (4)

  6. DPCA Voting Representatives (3)

We thank all those who came forward to present themselves as candidates. See their names and statements below.

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2021 DACH Elections: Offices of Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer

Candidate for Vice-Chair

Liz Voss (Basel)

I have been an active member of the DACH ExCom since joining as replacement Secretary in May 2017, being reelected in 2019, and becoming Vice Chair effective January 2020. I have worked hard to assist the other members of the ExCom, as well as my local Basel chapter, and members around the country, with tasks including event planning and promotion, voter registration, and fundraising and donation tracking. With my degree in Business Admin and minor in Management Information Systems, I am able to handle digital organization with ease. I have managed the new members as well as overseen the annual membership verification process, keeping our records accurate while handling record membership growth. I organize the Google Drive where we store our documents. I also take minutes at our ExCom, AGM, and supplementary meetings, distributing them afterwards via email and in Slack.

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2021 DACH Elections: Office of Chair

The Candidates (2)

Eric Wasson Burns (Zurich)

The last few years have been difficult for all of us. Our nation has become increasingly polarized, basic information has become politically charged, and mistrust in our institutions has grown. At the same time, our planet faces tremendous challenges which desperately call for urgent and unified fact-based action.

I am running for Chair of Democrats Abroad Switzerland not because I think I am the solution to our problems. Instead, I run because I know that we must empower our community to deliver the necessary solutions that we all want and care about.

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2021 DACH Elections: Offices of Member-at-Large and DPCA Voting Rep

Candidates for 4 X Member-at-Large (4)

(in alphabetical order by last name)

Joe Amato (Zurich)

I was born in New York City in 1955 and grew up in Flushing, Queens. I left in the early 1980s to work as a Biology and Geography teacher as well as an IB Coordinator at international schools in Caracas, Bangkok, Tokyo and in Zurich (since 2000). I am presently retired and once the pandemic dust reasonably settles, hope to be involved in a number of volunteer activities.

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DACH Needs YOU!!!

Joe and Kamala have been inaugurated! And members like you help make it happen. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

image1.pngNow, work continues for 2022 and 2024. Locally here in Switzerland, DACH members will soon elect officers for two year terms. Becoming involved on the Executive Committee is rewarding and helps guide the future of our organization. The tremendous growth of membership in the last four years (as Democrats unified in the mission to defeat Mr. Trump) has allowed us to have highly motivated volunteers and a great basis to keep up the momentum with new ideas. We would love to see many new members running for offices. In addition to the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, we will elect “Members-at-Large” to the Executive Committee where you can volunteer your expertise in a given field (Volunteer Coordinator, Communications Chair, Fundraising Chair, etc.) or participate as required based on upcoming activities.


This year, Democrats Abroad Switzerland will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Elections on Sunday, March 14th. We have established a Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) with Peter Buterfield as the NEC Chair. This Committee is available to help you determine which position you would like to run for and to answer any questions about how to promote your candidacy. You can contact the Nominations Committee via email at [email protected]. Alternatively, you can call Peter at +41 79 598 53 74 or Vance White (Outgoing DACH Chair) at +41 79 746 60 26 to ask about roles and responsibilities.

Running for officer positions is quite rewarding. And the next two years are a really good way to make your mark on our organization because during non-presidential election years you have time to really focus with the global team to make positive change happen.

You can help set the Democratic Party Platform, encourage new members and get to know other Democrats Abroad from around the world! And when COVID-19 restrictions ease, you can help us run local in-person events once again!

Can we count on you? Do you have questions or want to learn more? Are you interested in any of our roles, or know somebody else who might be a good fit? If so, please reach out to [email protected]. We will be more than happy to hear from you. 

In addition to officers at the DACH country level, we will also have elections this Spring for officers in the Basel, Geneva, and Zürich chapters during their AGMs, so you can also run for local chapter positions.

March 14, 2021 AGM and Elections
By Feb. 7, 2021 Members who wish to run for office shall inform the Chair of the NEC in writing (email)
Feb. 17, 2021 The NEC will distribute to all current members of DACH a notice regarding the election meeting. The notice will include the names of all candidates and a brief summary of their qualifications

To learn about officer and member-at-large duties, follow this link to see excerpts from the DACH Bylaws.

Crunch Time for the Georgia Senate Runoff Elections!

Track your ballot and make sure it has been accepted. You have until January 8 to fix any issues. Please contact your Local Election Office (LEO) and if you have any questions, reach out to our Voter Help Desk!

Are you a Georgia voter? Have you sent your ballot back yet? If so, great! Make sure you track it to ensure that it is received and counted by your LEO. If you haven't sent your ballot back, you still have a bit of time! You can request and mail your ballot back, but be sure to return it via a courier service to ensure it reaches your LEO in Georgia in time! If you have questions, you can attend a 1-on-1 live voter help session with voting from abroad specialists or find out more at

Are you not a Georgia voter but want to get involved to make sure that Democrats #FlipTheSenate? Phone- or textbank with us or many other organizations doing this work! (Yes, you can do it from abroad!) Find more info at

All resources for the Georgia Runoff Elections can be found here and an overview of the candidates can be found here.