February 28, 2022

Call for Nominations for 2022 DAJ Special Election



Special Election!


2022 Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ)

The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) is calling for nominations of candidates for the following positions:


  • National Vice-Chair
    • liaisons between Chapters and Officers to make sure all voices are heard
  • Members-at-Large for Hokkaido
    • represents the membership to Hokkaido
  • One (1) Alternate Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Voting Representative
    • serves as an alternate to participate and vote in certain conventions and meetings


Term for all positions: Until June 2023


Why should you run for one of these offices?


This is your chance:

⭐️ to be part of Democratic leadership

⭐️ to have voting rights on the Democratic Party agenda (VP and DPCA Rep)

⭐️ to help Americans in your region and across Japan vote in this crucial mid-term election

⭐️ to fight for equality for every American

⭐️ help Democrats retain control of Congress in November.


The NEC would like to see many candidates run for all offices. We encourage all members to take a chance to step up and take an active part in US Elections by becoming an organization leader!


Timeline with Important dates:



Nominations open


Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. Submit nominations via email before 11:59 pm JST to [email protected]


Candidate statements (500 words) must be received by 11:59 p.m. at [email protected]


Voting opens; signed ballots are to be returned by postal mail (by request) or email to [email protected]

4/9 or 4/10

Meet the candidates! Details forthcoming (exact time and location: TBA).


Voting closes as ballots must be received (email or postal mail) by 11:59pm


Election Meeting, ballots counted. 2pm online via WebEx


Membership is notified of election results by this day



The Nomination Process: Members may nominate themselves or others by e-mail.

  • If you nominate yourself, your email to the Committee will be considered your consent to run for office.
  • If you nominate someone else, you must inform the person you have nominated, and your nomination email to the Committee must contain the nominee’s contact information (address, if known, as well as working phone number(s) and working email address) so that the Committee may contact them in a timely manner to confirm their consent to serve.
  • If nominated by another member, the nominee will be contacted after nominations close to confirm the nomination.


How to Nominate: Send an email to [email protected] by 11:59 pm JST on March 14th. All nomination e-mails are required to include the following information:

  • Complete name
  • Contact information including: phone, address and email
  • Confirmation of the position you would like to run for or are nominating another person to run for.


Candidate Qualifications:

  • Member in good standing (member of Democrats Abroad who is a resident of Japan and, for members-at-large, who is a resident of the area of Japan they would represent).
  • Term limits: no one who is completing a second consecutive term in the office in question is eligible to run for that office.
  • Gender-diversity qualification: Pursuant to Article V, Section 1, “The Chair and Vice-Chair shall not be of the same sex.”


For more information and updates:

  • Visit the DAJ site https://www.democratsabroad.org/jp
  • Visit the DAJ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DemocratsAbroadJapan/ for regular updates
  • Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


We look forward to receiving your nominations!


Sincerely yours,

The DAJ 2022 Nominations and Election Committee

Anna Costello, Chair

Linda Gould

Larry Staples

Martin Spang