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Commonly Asked Questions - 2021 DACN NEC

1) I see my name on the candidate list, how can I confirm or withdraw my nomination? We emailed everyone that was nominated and you can respond to that email saying yes I accept or no I decline. Please respond to ALL to ensure we all receive it.

2) Is there anything else candidates need to do prior to the election? Candidates can email a statement if they would like to, but it is not required. 

3) How will the election speeches be handled at the AGM - how much time do candidates have and who will get to speak first? We will call on candidates in alphabetical order. Each candidate will receive 2 mins.

4) Do we want to do a special Zoom the night before for candidates to give their speeches or during the meeting? No

5) Is there early voting? N0 (there will be no early voting, as we will be taking nominations from the floor. Anyone who wishes to vote MUST be present at the meeting).

6) How will voting on the election day be handled? All DACN members will be emailed their democrats abroad ID 10 days before the election with a short explanation on how it will be used to vote on the day of the election. 

7) Will there be any live events in any of our constituent cities? No.

8) Will members nominated from the floor be given a prescribed and limited amount of time to make a statement? Yes, each nominee will receive 2 mins.

9) Will there be an opportunity at the meeting for members to ask questions of any and all candidates or will that all happen at prior scheduled forums only with candidates who filed? We will allow 2 mins for speeches and 2 mins for questions on the actual day of the election.

10) What's required for candidate statements? No more than 300 words

11) How long do people have to accept/decline the nomination? Up until the actual election date. 

12) Where are these candidate statements supposed to be uploaded to? We will upload them to the main Democrats Abroad China page on democratsabroad.org.

13) Am I allowed to campaign in official Democrats Abroad China WeChat groups? No, candidates cannot campaign inside official DACN WeChat groups.


Nominated Candidates to the DACN Leadership Board

The following candidates have been nominated to various positions on the Democrats Abroad China Leadership Board. In alphabetical order by last name, your nominated candidates are:

  • Jacob Aldaco
  • Elizabeth Blackbourn - accepted the nomination 
  • Elaine Chow
  • Jenny Eveland
  • Justin Fischer - declined the nomination 
  • Faith Gary
  • Grace Gary
  • Devika Koppikar - declined the nomination 
  • Helen Li
  • Alexandra Smith - accepted the nomination 
  • Cory Stroik - accepted the nomination 
  • Eileen Walsh - accepted the nomination 
  • Terry Watkins - accepted the nomination 
  • Kim Wong
  • Cheng Xu

Candidates are required to confirm their nominations in order to be finalized as candidates for the election. They are also invited to submit candidate statements. Submitted candidate statements can be viewed by clicking on their name above. As the NEC receives and uploads their candidate statements, we will update this page to link to them. The election will take place during the China AGM on May 23, at 1pm.

You can RSVP for the AGM here.


Call for Nominations to the DACN Leadership Board

Democrats Abroad is excited to announce that the Call for Nominations to DACN Leadership Board is now open!

Democrats Abroad China will be holding elections for the Leadership Board at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM China Standard Time (mark your calendars!).

The Leadership Board consists of 11 members, of which six are officers on the Executive Committee (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Legal Counsel, Communications Director), whose term of office will be from 2021-2023. All positions will be open, and we are ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS. A nominee must be a Democrats Abroad China member, a US citizen, a resident within the People’s Republic of China, and willing and able to handle duties while adhering to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.

Submit your nomination through the nomination form here

Please submit your nominations by 11:59 PM China Standard time on Monday May 3, 2021, so we can check candidate eligibility (DA China member), compile all the candidate information, and share their platforms to everyone prior to the election. Nominations can be for yourself or another person, though please confirm the other person is willing to be a candidate. Floor nominations will additionally be accepted during the AGM. 

Further description of responsibilities, especially for those in the Executive Committee, can be found in DA China's Bylaws under Articles IV-XI, bylaws can be viewed here.

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Meet a DA China Volunteer: Adam Robbins in Shenzhen

Where are you from in the United States?

I’m from the great state of Maine, near the rocky Atlantic coast.

How did you end up in China and what do you do here now?

I followed my heart to China. Back in my junior year of college I met the man I would marry one day: he studied Chinese literature and language, and I followed him to Texas, Taiwan, Minnesota, Beijing, and now to the swelling metropolis of Shenzhen. I’ve written and edited magazine articles out here, but right now I’m mostly a house husband.

How did you first hear about Democrats Abroad?

I learned about Democrats Abroad after talking progressive politics with a friend. There was a drive to register expats to vote in the 2018 midterms and I joined up to see how I could help.

Had you volunteered with or been involved in politics beforehand?

I worked and volunteered a lot more in the US, especially around LGBT causes. The highlight was the 2012 Minnesota campaign to defeat an amendment that would bar us from marrying. I worked on campus logistics, among other roles, and we succeeded in turning out more votes among college students than Obama’s historic 2000 campaign. In China it’s obviously a very different environment, but in Beijing I was able to volunteer with some community groups to help with their fundraising and overall organizing.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing America coming up ahead?

All the existential challenges of the 21 century — staggering wealth inequality, cataclysmic climate change, aging and vulnerable infrastructure, drug-resistant pandemic pathogens, and a fragmented electorate that no longer shares a sense of common reality, much less common humanity — are all linked together. We fix them all together, or we fix none and face the consequences.

Why do you think it's important to get involved with Democrats Abroad now?

The 2020 elections demonstrated powerfully that voting matters — mail-in ballots matter and overseas ballots count. In a time when the stakes are so high, this is a moment when every American should feel like there’s a place for them to help organize for the future they want to see. We simply don’t have the luxury to wait for someone else to fix these problems. 

If you were President, what would you concentrate on in the first 100 days?

I’m not sure I could suggest anything better than the raft of executive actions and major legislation that Biden’s team is planning. Big, bold action is needed — especially to quickly reverse rule changes that Trump’s cronies pushed through the various agencies — and we need to “build back stronger” by giving all Americans the physical safety and economic security they need for the massive course correction it will take to survive.

We are always on the lookout for more volunteers to help Americans in China organize around getting out the vote and issues dear to our Women's, LGBTQ+, Black, AAPI & Progressive Caucuses. Join us and message us to see how you can get involved!


Schedule for Nomination and Election of 2021 DA China Leadership Board

The NEC will oversee the election of the 2021 DA China Leadership Board. Members of the committee were appointed by DA China Chair at the March Leadership Board Meeting (3/04/2021): Jordania Rowden, Dr Kymmberli (Dr.Sparkles) Stowe, and Samantha Wong.

Schedule (Released by the NEC 3/24/2021)

  • March 14- NEC Meeting
  • March 28 - NEC meeting
  • April 13 – call for nominations
  • April 27 - close call for nominations
  • May 4 – verify all candidates are DA members
  • May 5 - announce to everyone who is running
  • May 23 – Members vote

Members are also invited to view our bylaws and archived meeting minutes on the wiki.

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DA China Stands Against AAPI Hate

Dear all,

As we are all aware, there has been an uptake in incidents of hate crimes against Asian Americans.

It has been a very fraught and grief-stricken time for us here, as a large percentage of our board members, volunteers, and members are of that group. We have seen in the news people who look like our aunts, our uncles, our grandparents, our siblings harassed, attacked, and even killed. We have been absorbing stories of hate incidents from relatives back home in America, and trying to offer what comfort and support we can from across the ocean.

We stand by the recent message the AAPI Caucus put out after the tragic shooting in Atlanta:

“On Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, a gunman killed at least eight individuals and injured others in Atlanta in yet another unspeakable tragedy. Most of the individuals lost are from the Asian American community.

 It is clear the derogatory anti-Asian language used throughout the past year continues to have a real-world impact. Racist comments should not be brushed aside or ignored, they must be confronted and condemned. If it was not clear before, it is clear now that AAPI communities around the United States are targets of hate. We extend our deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones to [the] shootings.

 We condemn these acts of violence. We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community and our AAPI Democrats Abroad members. We must work together to speak out and stand up against this type of hate.”

The victims in the Atlanta shooting’s names are:

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Call for Nominations: DA Asia Pacific RVC

Call for Nominations:
Democrats Abroad Regional Vice Chair Asia Pacific

We are now accepting nominations for the bi-annual election of Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for the Asia Pacific (AP) region! This election will take place during the AP Regional Meeting on the 16th of May as part of the Democrats Abroad Global Meeting. One vote is allocated to each AP country committee and will be cast solely by country committee chairs and vice chairs. The chair and vice chair each carry ½ vote. If either is not present, the other will carry the full vote.

Democrats Abroad has three RVCs, one for each region, who:

  • Are elected to a two year term that begins and ends with the regional election.
  • Cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
  • Serve as one of 8 voting members of the International Executive Committee. Meetings are currently held weekly and typically last from two to three hours, but this is subject to change with the new leadership. 
  • Organize and lead monthly regional calls of about one to two hours to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees. 
  • Organize and lead a one to three day annual regional meeting to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees. When practical, these annual meetings are held as in-person events with remote participation available. 
  • Act as a liaison between the International Executive Committee and one or more of the Democrats Abroad committees, lending a hand to the committee chair and assuming chair responsibilities should that position not be filled.
  • Assist in organizing and attend the annual Democrats Abroad Global Meeting, preferably in person when conditions allow. Note that travel costs are the responsibility of the RVC.
  • Work with existing country committees to mediate and resolve issues within their committees including election issues, membership queries, etc. 
  • Track compliance status of country committees with Charter requirements and work with emerging and out-of-compliance countries to help bring them into compliance.
  • Communicate International Executive Committee decisions, policies, and Democrats Abroad best practices to the country committee leaders.
  • Bring regional issues to the International Executive Committee for discussion and resolution.

The eligibility requirements for AP RVC are as follows: 

  • Be a citizen of the United States. 
  • Be a member of Democrats Abroad residing within a country in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.
  • Due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of the AP region who are temporarily residing outside of their country of residence due to the pandemic may still run for AP RVC (example: resident of Singapore who is temporarily residing in France due to quarantines and travel restrictions). There must be an intent to return to the AP region following the lift of travel restrictions.

Self-nominations and nominations of others are both welcomed and encouraged! Please submit any nominations via the nomination form at this link no later than 23 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Each nominee is required to accept their nomination no later than 31 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Nominations from the floor of the election meeting will be accepted as well, and all official candidates will be given time to make a short speech.

A list of candidates will be released on 1 April following the nomination acceptance deadline. 

Please direct any questions to [email protected].

On behalf of the 2021 AP Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC),

Anthony Nitz (Vietnam, Chair)
Christine Valverde (New Zealand)
Michael Ramos (Australia)
Phong Quan (Singapore)




Meet a DACN Member & the Newest Global Black Caucus Poet Laureate: Alexandra Smith

We are proud to announce that, this year, another member of DA China has entered into the Global Black Caucus' Poet Laureate Circle: Alexandra Smith. She joins Jasmine Cochran as talent representing the China country chapter. Alexandra is originally from southern Illinois and currently lives in Beijing. She has been instrumental in helping out the Women's Caucus with their Women's History Month events in March.

How did you end up in China and what do you do here now?

I wanted to experience a different culture, and I’ve always been fascinated by China. I’m working here teaching English at a Foreign Language school.

How did you first hear about Democrats Abroad?

I attended an event that was in posted in a group chat I’m in, and I knew I wanted to get involved in whatever way I could.

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Women's History Month is here at DA China!

Democrats Abroad China is happy to introduce a lineup of events this month to participate in with and to support wonderful women in your lives.

Women’s History Month is a time we put aside to celebrate and empower women, but it is also a time to take action.

Use this month to have uncomfortable conversations with people you know, read books you may never have heard of, and learn about women who set the stage for us today. Additionally, we have several events where you can participate with DA China members to find more ways to lift up your sisters.

We challenge you to use this calendar to learn more about women in history. We can all #choosetochallenge our biases and work towards equality.

Thanks to our DA members Charisse & Alex for putting these together.

Join us for these online events!:

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We are always looking at more help here at Democrats Abroad China. Volunteer with us! Join our Women's or other Caucuses, lead events and contribute to activities that directly affect the American political process. Did you know that we have phone banking campaigns for House of Representative Seats in Louisiana, and Gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia. All you need to do is some training. Please message us and also take a look at the onboarding information at http://democratsabroad.org/phonebanking.


Meet a DACN Board Member: Our New At-Large Member, Jenny Eveland

We're excited to welcome our new At-Large member to our Leadership Board, Jenny Eveland. She has been volunteering with Democrats Abroad China from Beijing and has been an integral part of the voter registration team up in the North.

Where are you from in the United States and how did you get to China?

Coming from a family of DC and Maryland democrats, I grew up as a military brat around the US, but mostly in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As a teacher in Virginia and Illinois public schools I was involved in committees at the state level.

I voted for Obama when he ran for state senate in Illinois. Illinois has a way to motivate most people into political action, but besides just voting in every single election, I have never formerly been involved in politics. Chicago got too cold and we moved abroad to Mexico and then Cambodia and then to Beijing.

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