DA Brittany Leadership:
2023 Brittany Candidates for Leadership
The nomination period for the DA France Brittany Chapter elections is now closed. Members of the Brittany Chapter will receive a ballot by email, and electronic voting will end on March 14 at midnight.
The Election Board is pleased to announce the candidates!
Candidates for Chair
Greg Sadlek, candidate for Chair of Democrats Abroad Brittany
Hi! I’m Greg Sadlek, and I’m running for Chair of the Brittany Chapter of Democrats Abroad. I have been an active member of DA since 2020, when I moved to France. A recently retired professor of English language and literature, I served at a private American college and two public urban universities. I would bring to this position advanced communication and organizational skills. I would also bring significant leadership experience, having served as department chairperson (6 years), a chapter president of a campus faculty union (1 year), a faculty senate president (2 years), and a dean of a large and complex college of arts, humanities, and social sciences (14 years). It is more important than ever for Americans living abroad to be involved in our civic life and help ensure that the Democratic Party continues to guide our government toward a more just and inclusive American democracy as well as a robust, green, economy. DA’s efforts are critical to that process. Working with chapter members, I will continue to improve the vitality of the chapter by expanding opportunities to support Democrats living in Brittany and, most importantly, by encouraging a larger percentage of our fellow American citizens to vote.
Candidates for Vice Chair
Aimee Johansen, candidate for Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad Brittany
Having served as the Brittany chapter's vice chair since 2021, I would like to run for this position again. I became involved in Democrats Abroad in the months leading up to the 2020 elections, mostly participating in phonebanking, sending postcards, and sharing information on social media, but I also had the opportunity to represent Democrats Abroad France during election night TV coverage. I contributed to the 2022 midterm Get Out The Vote effort in the same ways, and also served as part of the team fielding voter questions that came in through Vote From Abroad and the phonebanking efforts.
As vice chair, I organized our first in-person event, a brunch at a member's home in Brest. I hope to organize more such events in the future with the chapter chair, and also work with the sub-chapters to offer more in-person events throughout our chapter, which is geographically very spread out. My experience in the past two national elections helped me understand the various strategies employed by Democrats Abroad to Get Out The Vote. I would like to work with the chapter chair to bring more members into more active participation, and help get members involved in GOTV efforts, even if they don’t have a lot of time to commit, with low-commitment activities like postcarding.
Candidates for Communications Officer
Philippe Argouarch, candidate for Democrats Abroad Brittany Communications Officer
Although born in France in 1949, I am a US citizen living in Brittany since 2007. I did most of my professional career in the US, in California (more than 20 years). Today I am retired, but I still have activities in the regional press. I created the web media Agence Bretagne Presse and last January I launched the first Breton web media entirely in English: Brittany News http://news.bzh. In the US, I worked as an engineer at Stanford linear accelerator center (SLAC), and then as a software engineer for starts-ups and for the Wells Fargo Bank. Living in France I am always astonished by anti-American French statements in the press or in conversations. I try to rectify things when reading fake news on social networks and often point out that France and the USA are allied since the famous battle of Yorktown. Last January, I co-organized a seminar in Rennes about Colonel Armand, the Breton marquis Armand Tuffin de la Rouërie, hero of the independence war and friend of George Washington.
I still vote in the US, and always as a Democrat. Joe Biden’s firm stand on the Ukraine aggression by Russia makes me very proud to be a Democrat and a firm advocate for democracy everywhere. OK I am 74 but Joe Biden is 80 and doing a good job!
Candidates for GOTV Coordinator
Tanya G. De Menou Chacon, candidate for Democrats Abroad Brittany GOTV Coordinator
My first experience as a political volunteer was about 18 years ago when I helped register voters in central Kansas. I volunteered in the campaign for Hon. Delia Garcia, who became the state representative in Wichita, KS for the democratic party. She currently works for the U.S. Department of Labor as a Lead Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer. This volunteer experience was eye-opening, because I was helping the minority Hispanic community get involved and informing them of their local representatives. From then, I realized we make a difference by engaging with people in-person and motivating them to become part of a political movement. A little about me, I am originally from Dodge City, KS, where I graduated from high school and went to community college. After, I moved to Austin, TX, where I resided for nine years, and living there I got my degree in Surgical Technology and then went back to school again to get my bachelors degree at Saint Edward's University. I studied abroad for a semester in Angers, and while I lived there, I met my loving husband. Three years ago I decided to be with my French husband and moved to Nantes. Currently I work as a part-time English teacher for Diderot: a nutrition and environmental school. However, I am still seeking a job as a medical salesperson within an American medical device company. Overall, living as a democrat abroad, I want to be proud of my country of origin and I believe it's still important to be involved in U.S. politics.
Looking forward to becoming a part of the Brittany chapter.
Candidates for Member-at-Large
Francoise Rolland, candidate for Democrats Abroad Brittany Member-at-Large
As a lifelong US democratic voter now retired in my native Finistère, I am interested in serving the DA’s Brittany chapter as a member-at-large.
I hold dual citizenship both in the US and France. Born and raised in France, I have worked in the US for over thirty years as a French language and literature faculty member in both high schools and colleges. I also worked as a program coordinator for a nonprofit organization in the area of public arts education. Over the course of my career, I have organized a number of educational events, including an undergraduate study group in Paris and made several presentations at national and international conferences. I also have served on the Governing Board of a French Alliance chapter in the US. My interest in serving the DA’s Brittany chapter is quite simple. I am committed to doing my part to protect the democratic process that can afford all of us the promise of a better country. I thank you for your consideration.
Alan Compagnon, candidate for Democrats Abroad Brittany Member-at-Large
I am running for the position of Member at Large. I have most recently served as chair of the Brittany chapter and prior to that I served as vice-chair. Under my leadership, the chapter has grown and now includes 3 sub-chapters (Lannion, Rennes and Angers). There is much work to be done to solidify the Brittany chapter. I would like to remain a member of the chapter leadership to offer whatever assistance I can. Thank you for your support.
All members of the DAF Brittany Chapter may vote in the leadership elections. The elections will be decided by a plurality of votes (the candidate who gets the most votes in the election wins). DAF does not accept proxy votes. The ballot includes a space for write-in candidates for all positions.
New members are welcome to join and vote. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 7, 2023. New members may join up until the day before the election.
Questions? Please contact the DA France Brittany Chapter Election Board at:
Thank you for voting!
DAF Brittany Chapter Election Board
2021 Brittany Call for Candidacies
BRITTANY CHAPTER CALL FOR CANDIDATES - NOMINATIONS PERIOD ENDS FEB 20TH
DAF's Brittany Chapter will conduct its Leadership Election on March 20, 2021 at 3PM via Zoom. RSVP HERE.
The nominations period for candidates is now open, and the deadline is February 20, 2021. Candidates are sought for the following positions:
Saturday, April 01, 2023 at 02:00 PM Paris Time · 83 rsvpsAmerican Church of Paris, Thurber Room in Paris, France
2023 DA France National Elections and Annual General Meeting
Democrats Abroad France 2023 Annual General MeetingOur 2023 AGM will take place on Saturday, April 1 from 2 - 5 PM, both online via Zoom and in person in Paris at the American Church. The AGM is a time to come together with other Democrats from around France, to hear about our achievements of the past year, elect our new national leadership team, and gather our forces for the future.
Please RSVP by March 30, 2023 to be registered to vote at this meeting.
Join us for the biennial election of the National Democrats Abroad France (DA France) Officers and Voting Representatives. The national elections and meeting will be held on April 1, 2023 online via zoom and in person beginning at 2 PM. We will hear candidate speeches and elect a new Leadership team for Democrats Abroad France, hear about how DA France will continue its important work on US elections and political engagement heading into the 2024 election. For those who wish to participate online, the zoom information will be provided upon rsvp.
More information on the roles and responsibilities can be viewed here.
Candidate statements can be viewed here.
2023 NATIONAL OFFICER AND VOTING REPRESENTATIVE ELECTIONS
All members of Democrats Abroad France are welcome to attend and vote in the DA France National Officer and Voting Representative Elections on April 1. You will have an opportunity to hear from the candidates themselves prior to the close of voting and final tabulation of results. All members wanting to vote at the meeting are asked to register to vote by virtue of RSVP for this meeting, below, on or before March 30th -- this allows the DA France Election Board to prepare the voter rolls on the day of the meeting.
EARLY / ABSENTEE VOTING OPTION
All DA France members also have the option to vote early via an online absentee ballot made available to them via email, from 7 to 10 days prior to the election until 5PM on March 30th. This is to encourage member participation from all across France even if they cannot attend the meeting on Election Day. As a result, no nominations from the floor will be allowed.
If you elect to vote via the Early Vote/Absentee Ballot, you will not be able to vote in the same election a second time even if you attend the Election Meeting. However, in the event of ties, the DA France Election Board may elect to conduct snap Run-off Elections to break ties, time and other conditions permitting, at their discretion. In such a case, all members of DA France who have RSVP'd for the meeting by March 30th and in attendance at the Election Meeting, will be allowed to vote in any Run-off Elections. Absentee voting will not be an option for snap Run-off Elections since they will be conducted at the Election Meeting. RSVP below to register to vote on Election Day, April 1.
To join Democrats Abroad, please go to www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 7, 2023 and reside in France.
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 07:00 PM Paris TimeZoom in Paris, France
Join Political Forum host Jean-Pierre LaRochelle and leaders of Democrats Abroad France in a free-wheeling discussion of current events and news of the month, and share your views with other attendees. Send your questions to [email protected]