- Born in Cleveland, OH; lived in Chicago, New York, Honolulu, Miami and Racine, WI; Palmira, Colombia and Barcelona since 2016
- First campaign I worked on and first vote I cast was for McGovern
- Very happily retired psychologist/educator/administrator
- Plenty of time to do things I want to do—like DA stuff
- Lots of writing experience
- I vote in Florida
- I attended my first DA Barcelona meeting within a month or two of moving here. I’ve been active in the group and in our voter registration mission ever since.
I’ve served as secretary of DAS for the past two years. In addition to organizing/scheduling the monthly ExCom calls and writing up the minutes, I assisted with the updating and cleaning of our membership files. I attended the EMEA conference in Madrid and participate on the EMEA monthly calls. I WebEx’d in to the DA Global meeting (in DC) two years ago and have my airline and hotel reservations to attend this year’s meeting in DC in person.
As we’ve been hearing for a few years now, the US is at a pivot point. Under
normal circumstances, I’d sign on to do the casual volunteering I’ve always
done, but the very high stakes now and the exhilarating results of the 2016
cycle have compelled me to step up to a more formal commitment.
Membership in DA Australia, under the inspiring stewardship of Carmelan
Polce, was my introduction to working with the organization. I volunteered
there and I continued volunteering for the Democratic Party once I relocated
to San Francisco, CA, where my main tasks were door-to-door canvassing in
Hispanic communities in Nevada and phonebanking. When I moved to
Valencia, about 1-1/2 years ago, I sought out DA Spain and helped Jim
Mercereau to Rock the Vote ahead of the 2018 election.
I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t informing myself about politics and
engaged in progressive causes. Over time, particularly after the 2000
election, I grew alarmed at the erosion in the US’s stated values of civil
society and rule of law.
While in San Francisco, I formed an organization, Folks for Polk, to give
voice to the majority who supported the City in the face of aggressive
opposition from a self-interested minority. The goal was to support the City
in its intention to follow ‘Liveable Cities’ design principles for a particular
street improvement project. I developed strong skills in attracting,
motivating and managing volunteers; strategizing, social media, and
publicity. These activist skills supplemented my professional experience as
an architect, project manager, and planner, and helped rally like-minded
people and raise our profile.
Valencia is home to an increasing number of American expats. I’d welcome
the chance to strengthen DA Spain’s Valencia Chapter, and help build its
numbers of informed, engaged voter-participants towards 2020.
Thank you for your vote.
Harry was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Harry was a member of the wrestling
team in high school. Upon graduating, he studied international relations and military affairs,
minoring in German and East Asian studies while attending The Citadel, the Military College of
South Carolina on a four-year Army ROTC Scholarship from 2009-2013. He would subsequently
be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army as a logistics officer. Where he was
stationed for four years in Germany. Harry moved to Spain shortly after leaving the army. After
joining Democrats Abroad, he participated as the field director for Rock the Vote’s efforts to
register young Americans living abroad during the 2018 midterm elections.
He is currently a student with a Spanish language school, while at the same time completing a
master’s in emergency and disaster management through Georgetown University. Harry
is living with his girlfriend, Gabriela, and their two cats in Barcelona.
Laura Hale has lived in Madrid since 2013, previously having lived in Bratislava, Tinian and Canberra. Originally from the Chicago suburbs and a family of life long Democrats, she has an BGS and MSEd in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University, and a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra. A data analyst and sports historian by training, in the past few years she has been active in disability activism through sports data related projects. Laura has been involved in further activist activities online and offline mostly centering around Wikipedia and related projects since 2011.