We are thrilled to bring you the first Democrats Abroad Paris Newsletter from the 2021-2023 Paris Chapter Executive Committee members! We are busy planning exciting events and discussions with all of you, and we can’t wait to get started! Please scroll down or click 'read more' to learn some fun facts about us, how to get involved, and how we will continue to win elections from abroad!
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2021 Paris Chapter Election Candidates
The nominations period for the 2021 Paris Chapter Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for the candidates standing for election.
The Election and Annual General Meeting for the Paris Chapter of DA France will take place on March 13th at 1PM. Candidates will give speeches prior to the close of voting and tabulation, and results will be announced. RSVP here. Early voting via electronic ballot is available to all members of the Paris / Île de France Chapter region — members should look for an email containing a link to this ballot.
You must be a member of DAF Paris in order to vote. New members are welcome but must join by Friday March 12th. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. Questions? Email the Paris Election Board [email protected]
If you are a member of DAF-Paris and do not receive a link to the online election but would like one, please contact the DA France Paris Election Board [email protected]
Bonjour! Je me présente, je suis Juan Cerda, and I would be honored to receive your vote as Chair for the Paris Chapter.
As a professional Gay Latino man and a life-long Democrat, I have always wanted to address the critical economic, social, and environmental challenges. I am running for Chair because I want to continue our work to build a stronger coalition and widen the Democrats Abroad (DA) party tent. I joined DA in 2016, in which I immediately began making phone calls, helping voters get registered, and co-hosted numerous fundraising events. In 2017, I founded a grassroots Chapter of Solidarity Sundays of Democrats Abroad Austria (DAA) with other grassroots activists. Today the group has expanded throughout our entire Europe, Middle East, & Africa (EMEA) region. I have had the honor to serve in key leadership roles, including as the Vice-Chair (DAA), an EMEA regional Biden Delegate, Global LGBTQ Coordinator, and within our Global Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
I humbly ask for your vote; I will bring my years of experience, unique skills, and passion for registering voters.
N’hésitez pas à consulter le site www.juancerda.com pour plus de renseignements!
CHAPTER VICE CHAIR
My name is Kate Barrett, and I would like to submit my candidacy for the position of Vice-Chair of the DAF Paris Chapter.
A Seattle transplant living in France for the past 10 years, I am the current Paris Secretary and acting Vice-Chair. As a project manager in the public transit sector, I am passionate about the importance of public services in providing equal opportunity and access to all members of society, regardless of means or background.
I ran for Secretary in 2019 to contribute directly to DA's efforts to fight the erosion of democratic norms in the US and to put an end to the incompetence and bigoted cruelty of the Trump administration. I’m proud of what we've accomplished, but there is still so much more to do.
As Vice-Chair, I will be committed to building on the work of the past two years to ensure we have a Chapter with the vision, structure, and efficiency needed to be an asset to DA France's core mission of serving the American community abroad through voter outreach, education and engagement. It would be an honor to continue to use my skills and experience to serve the Paris Chapter in this capacity.
My activism with Democrats Abroad France started at the grassroots when I joined in the winter of 1985 after working for the Mondale Ferraro campaign in California the previous year. I’ve held many posts in Democrats Abroad, both in France and globally, and I have one-of-kind in-depth experience with the Party, wide acquaintance with our members and activists, and broad understanding of our policies and platform. In 1985 all of Democrats Abroad was barely larger than today’s membership in the Paris Chapter. That’s how far we’ve come.
My term as International Counsel ends in May; I think it is now time for me to return to the grassroots activism of an earlier time, to put those years of local and international experience to work making the Paris Chapter ever stronger. And working again at the grassroots will inform my continuing work as one of the eight representatives of Democrats Abroad on the Democratic National Committee. There are many challenges ahead, and we need to field the strongest team we can. I pledge to work for to elect Democrats across America, as I have in the past.
I hope that I can count on your vote for me for Paris Chapter Secretary and your support.
I was incredibly inspired by the work of Democrats Abroad — and especially our Paris Chapter — during this recent election. As we saw when the votes were finally tallied, mobilizing every single vote was absolutely crucial in ultimately securing the Biden-Harris win. But the slim margin of victory was too close for comfort, and it motivated me to become more involved in our local Chapter. My name is Natalia Nolan and I’m running as Paris Chapter Treasurer to help ensure our Chapter has the resources in place to continue — and even boost — our efforts to mobilize Americans abroad to defend principles of democracy and good governance. My background is in international relations and political science, with experience in public financial management. I also have some knowledge of good practices in internal control and audit which I could bring to the role. I would appreciate your vote for this important position, which I will not take lightly, and work with you to support our strategies and activities here in Paris.
EMILIE ROSE AIDAN
I, Emilie-Rose Aidan, present myself as a candidate for the DAF, Paris Chapter, Communications Coordinator position.
Born and raised in Paris to an American mother and French father, I attended a bilingual school, matriculated to UK/American universities, then pursued a marketing and communications career in NYC. After a decade, I returned to Paris in 2019; I am a publicist in a luxury PR agency.
We Democrats witnessed the consequences of 2016’s communications/coordination failures: four years of democratic institutions being dismantled brick-by-brick. Albeit relieved, I fervently believe that the real work begins NOW. I would be honored to assist the Paris chapter to achieve stronger results through education, engagement, and community-building.
My Democratic Party passion runs strong, undergirded by my mother’s tutelage and my French belief in égalité. While a NYC participant, I proudly witnessed my late mother’s Democratic Party work via DAF/Indivisible-France, including her coordinating the Paris Women’s Marches. I would be honored to continue her legacy by serving DAF. As a bilingual, multicultural communications professional who is skilled in brand strategy, digital content, public relations, and storytelling, I bring robust skills—further bolstered by my passion for democracy and social justice—to serve in this role.
Merci à tous.
CHAPTER OUTREACH (GOTV/Database)
I am pleased to submit my candidacy for Chapter Outreach Coordinator. Our founding board has set a high bar for success; I would be honored to continue and expand upon their work, ensuring every eligible American in our region knows their voting rights and can cast their vote from abroad.
A DA France member since 2018, I volunteered hundreds of hours with the national and global GOTV teams during the 2020 election cycle, solving complex individual voter problems, supporting special projects, and serving as a resource to other GOTV volunteers when needed. My GOTV participation began in 1992, and my 20 years of management experience in local government agencies, combined with my high energy, positive and collaborative spirit, creativity, flexibility, and love of technology have readied me to succeed in serving our membership.
While we bask in the afterglow of our momentous electoral victories - some clearly won with the help of overseas voters - remaining engaged in the GOTV effort is vital to success in upcoming special elections and the 2022 midterms, when complacency and other factors may reduce voter participation. I’m excited to help lead this effort.
Thank you for your consideration.
I have been an active member of DA France since 1999. From 2001-2005 I was Chair of Young Democrats Abroad, France, I served as DAF Vice-Chair 2003-2007, and as Co-Chair for the Women's Caucus from 2007-2009. I have been instrumental in organizing activities for sharing interests and rallying points for coalition building, as well as volunteering for voting registration, etc.. A lifelong Democrat and supporter of liberal social values, I have been an active proponent of social liberties for women and minorities around the world, including those in Europe, Africa and Asia. Raised in the Michigan, educated in Social Anthropology at UCLA and completed my graduate studies in France at La Sorbonne and L'Ecole des Hauts Etudes en Sciences Sociales.Today, I am an international artist, which requires me to be to be socially interactive not only in Paris, but also in Europe and the United States. My long association with DAF, and my experience living and working in diverse parts of the world, all complement and strengthen my interests in Democratic social values and will enable me to further contribute to the DAF as the Coordinator of Paris Events. Thank you for considering my candidacy.
PARIS CHAPTER CALL FOR CANDIDATES
*UPDATED* NOMINATIONS PERIOD ENDS FEB 25TH
DAF's Paris Chapter will conduct its Leadership Election on March 13, 2019 via Zoom.
The nominations period for candidates is open, and the deadline is February 25, 2019. Candidates are sought for the following positionsRead more
Interested in supporting a Democratic Primary candidate from France? You can connect directly with candidate campaigns and local supporter groups near you. We will be updating this page regularly — if you know of a group that you think should be added here, please let us know at [email protected].
Note: This information is provided as a service to Democrats Abroad France members, and is available on an equal basis to all US Democratic Presidential Primary candidate supporter groups in France. Inclusion on this list does not constitute endorsement or any preference on the part of Democrats Abroad France.
Americans Abroad for Mayor Pete
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Tel: +33 (0) 6 29 55 47 10
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France for Bernie
Facebook: France for Bernie 2020
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- To Add Bernie Sander's name to the DA Global Presidential Primary Ballot: Sign the petition here
Tom Steyer 2020
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France for Elizabeth Warren 2020
Facebook: France for Elizabeth Warren 2020
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Facebook: YangGang Abroad
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Telephone: +33 (0) 6 21 91 69 49
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Remember: you can support your favorite primary candidates by signing all their Candidate Petitions, which will help make sure their names appear on the DA Global Presidential Primary Ballot. To find out more about Democrats Abroad's Global Presidential Primary to be held March 3-10, 2020, see here. Stay tuned to the DA France News blog for more information regarding how members in France can participate and vote.
My name is Didier David Moutou, and I am running for DAF Paris Chapter Outreach Manager.
I hail from "bean town", aka Boston, but I have been working in the Paris area for the past 12 years. On a personal level I am married with two awesome kids, and am an information technology professional during the day, and an audio mastering engineer at night.
One of our key duties as citizens is to ensure that we have a functioning and lasting democracy where all votes are counted and the voices of the weakest are heard as loud as those of the strongest.
As an IT director I have helped many organizations and companies improve their outreach to their customers or audience through the efficient use of digital tools.
I am running for the Chapter outreach manager with the simple but clear goal of improving the voter registration and voter turnout of Americans living in the Paris/Ile de France region.
My name is Jill Hamilton-Brice and I’d like to be considered for the position of Chapter
Communications Coordinator for DAF Paris.
I’m an American living and working in Paris since 2006. I’m a mom to two fabulous kids and
married to a Frenchman.
I grew up in upstate New York and lived in Chicago and NYC, two Democratic strongholds,
for many years. My parents are registered Democrats, and I am also a lifelong Democrat.
I have an MA in Communications, worked for 10 years with global consulting
firm Accenture, and later with brand consultancy Interbrand. I’ve experience with a
variety of communications capacities, from copy writing to brand strategy, messaging to
social media planning. I was Vice President of Public Relations for Message for 5 years.
Like you, I was and am horrified as to what has happened to our democracy since this last
I’m keen to do more than rage tweet about the abysmal state of affairs — to be the change
that I want to see. I hope to bring energy and a fresh voice to this position, to collaborate
with other like-minded people and organizations to advance the cause.
I respectfully ask for your vote.
My name is Marissa Burkett and I would like to submit my candidacy for the position of Communications Coordinator at Democrats Abroad France - Paris Chapter. Though new to France and DAF, I have several years of experience developing communication strategies and marketing plans, and particularly in leveraging social and digital campaigns. Furthermore, I have a BBA in Marketing, and a MBA, along with experience in filmmaking and graphic design, which are useful in communications. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to engage with disenfranchised voters by bringing the discussion back to core issues, particularly in the youth demographic. To accomplish this, I hope to work with national and global teams on the design of a communications strategy that promotes two-way discussion, allowing expats to engage with the DAF, and motivating them to involvement. I aim to primarily focus on the underlying characteristics that attracted us originally to the Democratic party, such as a passion for equality and social justice, and less on our mutual disgust for the opposition. If elected, I would be honored to serve the party as the Communications Coordinator and vow to devote all of my skill and effort on unseating the current President.
My name is Lisa Ramos and I am running for DAF Paris Events Coordinator. I have lived in Paris since 2009, speak French, and have been lucky to be a part of this very special and vibrant Democratic community. I have attended DAF events with US activists, helped to phone bank New Jersey for Sen. Cory Booker, and made calls for Mike Espy’s Mississippi Senate Race. At a recent Diversity Caucus event, I saw people of different ages and backgrounds coming together and benefiting from the ideas presented by the film “Latino: The Changing Face of America.” As Event Coordinator, I would be honored to support more events like these for the greater community.
Previously, I worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's re-election campaign in 1998 as a fundraiser, and executed special events for other Democratic candidates and politicians. I also coordinated large-scale multi-city events for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. I know the effort that goes into coordinating things, people, and negotiating schedules, venues and vendors. I would be excited to lend my support to the new leadership of Paris in the capacity of Events Coordinator. Thank you for your consideration.
My name is Kate Barrett, and I would like to submit my candidacy for the position of Secretary of the DAF Paris Chapter.
I am a Seattle transplant, living in France since 2011. Currently a project manager at RATP Group, I have been passionate my entire adult life about the importance of public services in providing equal opportunity and access to all members of society, regardless of means or background.
I joined DAF in 2016 to help fight the erosion of democratic norms and institutions in the US. Today I am eager to take this commitment to fairness and social justice further by contributing directly to the effectiveness of DAF Paris’s new organization in the lead-up to the 2020 elections.
As a member of Indivisibles-France and DAF, I have like many of you participated in numerous resistance efforts, from GOTV with Postcards to Voters, to the 2017 Women's March, to the March for Our Lives in 2018. It would be an honor to lend my organizational and communication skills to the DAF Paris chapter, and to serve in the role of Secretary.
My name is Skander Chabbi, and I am a quasi-permanent absentee voter from Maine. I have lived nearly all of my life abroad so far, except for a relatively short stay in the United States while in college.
I have lived in several foreign countries before residing in France where I am currently employed in the field of finance. This continuous exposure to multiple international cultures has enriched my perceptions of political issues and helped frame my mindset over the years, mostly in contradiction to the direction that current U.S. leadership has undertaken.
With this background, I have also been a front row witness to the global financial crisis and its long lasting negative impacts, deepening inequalities of course but also raising ever more polarizing questions on the kind of society we want to live in.
I have never been actively involved in politics. However, given the last presidential election results and the intensifying global turbulences, I feel, like many, that involvement in any way is necessary in preparing the next elections. I believe that I can start by being of help in strengthening DA’s organization, and therefore submit my candidacy for the position of Treasurer of DAF Paris.