2021 Democrats Abroad Europe, Middle East, & Africa Regional Vice Chair Candidate Statements

Note: Candidate statements originally posted 12 April 2021. Endorsements added 5 May 2021. Addendum to the Candidate Statement for Robert Crane added 11 May 2021.

Please find below the candidate statements and photos submitted by 2021 candidates for Regional Vice Chair for Europe, Middle East, & Africa. They are in alphabetical order by last name and include photos if submitted. Candidate statements have not been edited.

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2021 Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) Regional Vice Chair (RVC) Candidate List

The EMEA Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) announces candidates for the EMEA RVC election to be held on May 16, 2021 at the EMEA regional meeting during the global annual meeting (May 14-16, 2021). Please be reminded that one vote is allocated to each DA country committee in EMEA and will be cast by country committee chairs and vice chairs.

The following are the verified and confirmed candidates listed in alphabetical order.

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Call for Nominations for Democrats Abroad EMEA Regional Vice Chair 2021

We are pleased to call for nominations of candidates for the position of Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region. The election for this position will take place online at the EMEA Regional Meeting on Sunday, May 16th as part of the Democrats Abroad (DA) Global Meeting. One vote is allocated to each DA country committee in EMEA and will be cast by country committee chairs and vice chairs.

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Meet Kristi, Democrats Abroad organizer in Portugal

Kristi Holmes Espineira's Democratic Party roots cross generations. Growing up, both her parents were professional educators with a strong commitment to working in economically disadvantaged communities with the long term goal of improving American diversity. Throughout the 60s, her mom helped to transition recently integrated schools; her dad worked directly for the Colorado River Indian Reservation in Arizona. Kristi's parents did not regard their work as "political party activism," per se. Rather, their goal was simply and literally to "do what was right." The intrinsic importance of diversity and equality was regularly the focus of dinner table conversations. Kristi's mom remains both socially and politically active today. Among Kristi's favorite "mom" memories is attending together a Barack Obama rally in 2012 and marching together in the Women's March in 2017.

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Ballot Assistance Events all over the region

From March 3 (Super Tuesday) to March 10, Americans all over the world will vote in the Global Presidential Primary run by Democrats Abroad. With about 200 locations worldwide, they will cast ballots in person, at polling places where they live. In many, many more places, they will cast ballots remotely by sending their vote via email or post.
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Europe, Middle East, Africa

Welcome to the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Region!

Who We Are 

Democrats Abroad is the official arm of the Democratic Party representing Americans who live outside the US. Our mission is to provide Americans living abroad a voice in our government and to elect Democrats by mobilizing the overseas vote.

Where We Are

The EMEA region has active committees in 26 countries (see below) and members in dozens of other countries. You can benefit from all Democrats Abroad has to offer regardless of where you live!

Our Activities

Our organisation is 100% volunteer-run and membership is free! Organisers in your area would love to get in touch with you to connect you to other members, share our local and global (online) events, and help you vote from abroadDo you want to get more involved? There are so many ways to make a difference—from individual tiny actions, to get out the vote drives, to social events—the EMEA regional team is here to help. We're always looking for more volunteers. Why not you? Contact us at [email protected]






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South Africa




United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

Don't live in one of these countries but want to get involved? 
Please send a message to Regional Vice-Chair for EMEA, Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, [email protected] or click HERE to check out news from our non-country committee countries!

If you would like to help develop a new Country Committee, we can also help. Just get in touch!