Taiwan Chair, DA rep to DNC

  • published Taiwan Intro in News 2019-07-22 08:36:25 -0400

    Welcome to Democrats Abroad Taiwan!

    Photo by Sjekster

    Dems Abroad Taiwan is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Taiwan. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch. If you have ideas, questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad Taiwan, please contact us because we want you involved. 

    When I first got involved in 2003 to help overseas Americans learn how to request ballots and vote, I found Democrats Abroad also led to great conversations with interesting people about important issues. As an organization recognized as part of the Democratic Party, we hold a Global Primary and send delegates to the Democratic National Convention. You can find a great mix of reasons to get involved, and your getting involved does make a difference. 

    John Eastwood
    Chair Democrats Abroad Taiwan


  • Democrats Abroad Taiwan 2019-2021 Board of Directors and Board of Supervisors Candidate Statements

    From the DA Taiwan Nominations Committee:

    On May 5, 2019, DA Taiwan will hold its AGM at the Brass Monkey in Taipei. We will also be distributing e-mail ballots to members in the coming days. We are going to be electing a Board of Directors (7 members + up to 2 alternates) and a Board of Supervisors (2 members + up to 2 alternates). The following candidate statements for DA Taiwan director and supervisor positions are listed in alphabetical order by family name.

    1. Board of Supervisors Candidates

    Dr. Candace Aiani: I am a member of the Democratic Party and a registered voter in Nevada. I have lived in Taiwan since 1999, back when it was nearly impossible to figure out how to vote from abroad. During my first year in Taiwan, George W. Bush was elected for the first time, and overseas Democrats started to organize more. Having previously voted as an Independent, I registered as a Democrat, and over the years have participated in various ways: efforts to get out information about registering to vote, an occasional fund-raiser, watch party, and volunteering at the primary polling location in the last presidential election.

    I am a career educator and librarian. I believe the current political situation and the upcoming presidential elections are so critical that it is impossible for me to sit on the sidelines. I am--like everyone--busy with my career and family, but I want to step up and contribute to the effort by Dems Abroad to ensure the future of our country and lives by participating in the political process and by helping others to do the same. Our time is now, so count me in.

    Peter Wang: Hello, my name is Peter Wang. I'm a product of west coast public schools and have also spent many years in Asia.

    I see the democratic party as the best choice for substantive improvement for the lives of many Americans. However, the recent history of the Democratic party has been very disappointing. I want the democratic party to live up to its namesake as believers in democracy and represent the majority.

    I work in the blockchain space at a cryptocurrency exchange and believe innovation and technology can make our lives significantly better but we need a government to confront the challenges new technology brings.

    This is my 3rd tour of duty in Taiwan and I have been here for two years this time around. I've recently had twins and want a better USA for them.


    2. Board of Directors Candidates:

    Sally Champagne: With 2020 on the horizon, the statement I wrote in 2017 when running for the Board applies triple for me today. To quote in part from my brief bio then, “The Election of 2016 was a political awakening for me as a born and bred New Englander, living in Taipei since 2009. The breathtaking veer to the far-right the new administration in Washington has taken is dizzyingly stunning and the America where I grew up is becoming more unrecognizable by the hour. Never before have I felt so empowered to combat the waves of alternative facts and compelled to become more involved in the political process as one voice to help make a difference.”

    I’ve been deeply honored to serve as the Chair of Democrats Abroad Taiwan and have helped spearhead various events for our members: Get Out the Vote, Thanksgiving Dinner and our 2018 Election Celebration Party to name a few. Going forward, I’d hope to help increase involvement in our activities to draw more of us together so that the 2020 election will be a Democratic tsunami and our next Presidential election night party will be a true Democratic celebration. Please consider casting your vote for me. Thanks!

    Peter Chworowsky: I moved to Hong Kong as a youth and have lived most of my life in Taiwan, establishing a number of businesses, primarily the export of industrial components from Asia to worldwide markets. I'm a lifelong Democrat and have twice served in Democrats Abroad as Treasurer.

    My initial fears when Trump was elected have all been borne out, and then some; we must do everything possible to insure that we put a Democrat in the White House in 2020. We need to both vigorously oppose dangerous and autocratic tendencies of this administration. We had success in the mid-terms, but must build on that to address the legitimate concerns of Americans who turned their backs on the party and make sure all Democrats vote in the 2020 election. Our strategies must be pragmatic and effective, reaching a broad majority of Americans, not just those who already think like us.

    As Democrats Abroad, we also need to work toward specific goals to expand the rights and relevance of expat Americans in the US political process. In Taiwan, we'll continue to reach more US voters through local events and media to increase participation and strengthen both the Democratic Party and our local organization.

    I pledge to work toward these goals on your behalf if elected as a director of Democrats Abroad Taiwan.

    John Eastwood: I'm a long-term Taiwan resident and DA Taiwan member who has served locally as Chair, Vice Chair, Counsel and as an at-large board member. I am also in my second 4-year term as a Dems Abroad representative for the Asia-Pacific region to the Democratic National Committee. In the past, I've served on the Int'l ExCom as International Counsel, and during the 2016 presidential campaign I served as chair of the global Presidential Campaign Liaison Committee. Over the many years of my involvement with Dems Abroad, I've worked hard to be fair and open-minded, helping members communicate with the bigger Democratic Party and participate directly in shaping its future. I care deeply about the progressive values at the heart of our party, and I will stand with you to make our party a better and stronger one. We must protect the most vulnerable in our nation and world because they face real risks from the Trump presidency.

    Lianna Faruolo: After serving as DA Taiwan Secretary from 2013 through the 2016 elections, I am happy for the opportunity to re-join the team. In Taiwan I celebrated Obama's victory, and in Taiwan I mourned the 2016 election loss. I now look forward to the fight for the 2020 victory ahead. Today, I hope we can help reverse the current administration's racist, bigoted, and violent aims and actions which threaten both American domestic and worldwide security. I have a Taiwanese-American daughter and it is my goal, through democratic forums and activities, to help future generations know a United States which promotes a healthy and secure society in which all are treated with equal respect and dignity. Thank you, and get out that vote!

    Mary Goodwin: I’ve served as secretary to the Democrats Abroad Taiwan board for a few years now, and have helped organize activities in which we got people registered to vote, as well as events supporting Democrats in local races in the US, particularly for the 2018 midterms. I look forward to stepping up these efforts as 2020 approaches, when Democrats will take back the Senate and the White House!

    I have lived in Taiwan for more than 20 years with my Taiwanese husband and two kids. I have a PhD in English and American literature from the University of Virginia and I am a professor of English at National Taiwan Normal University. Following our Women’s March in Taiwan in 2017, we founded Indivisible Taiwan (follow us on Facebook), which supports the US Indivisible mission of getting Democrats elected and furthering the Democratic agenda of healthcare for all, swift action on climate change, reasonable and humane immigration reform, greater investment in education, and a return to civility in public discourse.

    Dave Hall: I wish to serve on the Board of Directors for the Democrats Abroad Taiwan Country Committee. As a member of the LGBT community, I would serve to represent divergent interests and fight for equality for all. As an environmental activist and member of The California Native Plant Society, I strive to protect endangered species and wilderness. As a teacher's union president, I stand for labor rights. Finally, Medicare for all. DAT can help us to win in 2020. Let's reach out to Taoyuan as well as Taipei.

    Benjamin Schwall: I would like to run for the Board of Directors for Democrats Abroad Taiwan. I have served for the last 2 years on the board as well as Vice Chair. As we enter the next election cycle, I look forward to continuing our work with Post card writing get togethers, rallying the troops an trying to make a difference.

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  • Democrats Abroad Taiwan 2019-2021 Board of Directors and Board of Supervisors Candidate Statements

    From the DA Taiwan Nominations Committee: 

    On May 5, 2019, DA Taiwan will hold its AGM at the Brass Monkey in Taipei. We will also be distributing e-mail ballots to members in the coming days. We are going to be electing a Board of Directors (7 members + up to 2 alternates) and a Board of Supervisors (2 members + up to 2 alternates). The following candidate statements for DA Taiwan director and supervisor positions are listed in alphabetical order by family name.

    1. Board of Supervisors Candidates

    Dr. Candace Aiani: I am a member of the Democratic Party and a registered voter in Nevada. I have lived in Taiwan since 1999, back when it was nearly impossible to figure out how to vote from abroad. During my first year in Taiwan, George W. Bush was elected for the first time, and overseas Democrats started to organize more. Having previously voted as an Independent, I registered as a Democrat, and over the years have participated in various ways: efforts to get out information about registering to vote, an occasional fund-raiser, watch party, and volunteering at the primary polling location in the last presidential election.

    I am a career educator and librarian. I believe the current political situation and the upcoming presidential elections are so critical that it is impossible for me to sit on the sidelines. I am--like everyone--busy with my career and family, but I want to step up and contribute to the effort by Dems Abroad to ensure the future of our country and lives by participating in the political process and by helping others to do the same. Our time is now, so count me in.

    Peter Wang: Hello, my name is Peter Wang. I'm a product of west coast public schools and have also spent many years in Asia.

    I see the democratic party as the best choice for substantive improvement for the lives of many Americans. However, the recent history of the Democratic party has been very disappointing. I want the democratic party to live up to its namesake as believers in democracy and represent the majority.

    I work in the blockchain space at a cryptocurrency exchange and believe innovation and technology can make our lives significantly better but we need a government to confront the challenges new technology brings.

    This is my 3rd tour of duty in Taiwan and I have been here for two years this time around. I've recently had twins and want a better USA for them.


    2. Board of Directors Candidates:

    Sally Champagne: With 2020 on the horizon, the statement I wrote in 2017 when running for the Board applies triple for me today. To quote in part from my brief bio then, “The Election of 2016 was a political awakening for me as a born and bred New Englander, living in Taipei since 2009. The breathtaking veer to the far-right the new administration in Washington has taken is dizzyingly stunning and the America where I grew up is becoming more unrecognizable by the hour. Never before have I felt so empowered to combat the waves of alternative facts and compelled to become more involved in the political process as one voice to help make a difference.”

    I’ve been deeply honored to serve as the Chair of Democrats Abroad Taiwan and have helped spearhead various events for our members: Get Out the Vote, Thanksgiving Dinner and our 2018 Election Celebration Party to name a few. Going forward, I’d hope to help increase involvement in our activities to draw more of us together so that the 2020 election will be a Democratic tsunami and our next Presidential election night party will be a true Democratic celebration. Please consider casting your vote for me. Thanks!

    Peter Chworowsky: I moved to Hong Kong as a youth and have lived most of my life in Taiwan, establishing a number of businesses, primarily the export of industrial components from Asia to worldwide markets. I'm a lifelong Democrat and have twice served in Democrats Abroad as Treasurer.

    My initial fears when Trump was elected have all been borne out, and then some; we must do everything possible to insure that we put a Democrat in the White House in 2020. We need to both vigorously oppose dangerous and autocratic tendencies of this administration. We had success in the mid-terms, but must build on that to address the legitimate concerns of Americans who turned their backs on the party and make sure all Democrats vote in the 2020 election. Our strategies must be pragmatic and effective, reaching a broad majority of Americans, not just those who already think like us.

    As Democrats Abroad, we also need to work toward specific goals to expand the rights and relevance of expat Americans in the US political process. In Taiwan, we'll continue to reach more US voters through local events and media to increase participation and strengthen both the Democratic Party and our local organization.

    I pledge to work toward these goals on your behalf if elected as a director of Democrats Abroad Taiwan.

    John Eastwood: I'm a long-term Taiwan resident and DA Taiwan member who has served locally as Chair, Vice Chair, Counsel and as an at-large board member. I am also in my second 4-year term as a Dems Abroad representative for the Asia-Pacific region to the Democratic National Committee. In the past, I've served on the Int'l ExCom as International Counsel, and during the 2016 presidential campaign I served as chair of the global Presidential Campaign Liaison Committee. Over the many years of my involvement with Dems Abroad, I've worked hard to be fair and open-minded, helping members communicate with the bigger Democratic Party and participate directly in shaping its future. I care deeply about the progressive values at the heart of our party, and I will stand with you to make our party a better and stronger one. We must protect the most vulnerable in our nation and world because they face real risks from the Trump presidency.

    Lianna Faruolo: After serving as DA Taiwan Secretary from 2013 through the 2016 elections, I am happy for the opportunity to re-join the team. In Taiwan I celebrated Obama's victory, and in Taiwan I mourned the 2016 election loss. I now look forward to the fight for the 2020 victory ahead. Today, I hope we can help reverse the current administration's racist, bigoted, and violent aims and actions which threaten both American domestic and worldwide security. I have a Taiwanese-American daughter and it is my goal, through democratic forums and activities, to help future generations know a United States which promotes a healthy and secure society in which all are treated with equal respect and dignity. Thank you, and get out that vote!

    Mary Godwin: I’ve served as secretary to the Democrats Abroad Taiwan board for a few years now, and have helped organize activities in which we got people registered to vote, as well as events supporting Democrats in local races in the US, particularly for the 2018 midterms. I look forward to stepping up these efforts as 2020 approaches, when Democrats will take back the Senate and the White House!

    I have lived in Taiwan for more than 20 years with my Taiwanese husband and two kids. I have a PhD in English and American literature from the University of Virginia and I am a professor of English at National Taiwan Normal University. Following our Women’s March in Taiwan in 2017, we founded Indivisible Taiwan (follow us on Facebook), which supports the US Indivisible mission of getting Democrats elected and furthering the Democratic agenda of healthcare for all, swift action on climate change, reasonable and humane immigration reform, greater investment in education, and a return to civility in public discourse.

    Dave Hall: I wish to serve on the Board of Directors for the Democrats Abroad Taiwan Country Committee. As a member of the LGBT community, I would serve to represent divergent interests and fight for equality for all. As an environmental activist and member of The California Native Plant Society, I strive to protect endangered species and wilderness. As a teacher's union president, I stand for labor rights. Finally, Medicare for all. DAT can help us to win in 2020. Let's reach out to Taoyuan as well as Taipei.

    Benjamin Schwall: I would like to run for the Board of Directors for Democrats Abroad Taiwan. I have served for the last 2 years on the board as well as Vice Chair. As we enter the next election cycle, I look forward to continuing our work with Post card writing get togethers, rallying the troops an trying to make a difference.

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  • UPDATED 2017-2019 Democrats Abroad Taiwan Board Elections Candidate Statements

    The Nominations Committee's Dwight Jurling and Jeffrey Chen have requested the following Candidate Statements be posted. These are the candidate statements that the Nominations Committee had received as of March 12, 2017 that will be on the ballot. Note that the election is for 7 director seats and 2 supervisor seats.

     

    Sally Champagne: The Election of 2016 was a political awakening for me as a born and bred New Englander, living in Taipei since 2009. The breathtaking veer to the far-right the new administration in Washington has taken is dizzyingly stunning and the America I grew up with is becoming more unrecognizable by the hour. Never before have I felt so empowered to combat the waves of alternative facts and compelled to become more involved in the political process as one voice to help make a difference. Last fall I was honored to become involved in Democrats Abroad and spearheaded debate watching events, as well as planned what should have been an election night celebration. Even though that evening was a wake, it was good to commiserate with fellow Dems. Going forward, I’d hope to help increase involvement in our activities to draw more of us together. We have work to do before November, 2018 and I look forward to helping to turn the tide. “Yes, we can” to coin a phrase from President Obama — I hope to serve on your board so that our next election night party will be a true Democratic celebration. Please consider casting your vote for me.

     

    Peter Chworowsky: I moved to Hong Kong as a youth and have lived most of my life in Taiwan, establishing a number of businesses, primarily the export of industrial components from Asia to worldwide markets. I'm a lifelong Democrat and was formerly active in Democrats Abroad as Treasurer. The last election has shaken me; none of us can afford to sit out the next four years, so I want to help however I can to reverse our recent setbacks. We need to both vigorously oppose dangerous and autocratic tendencies of the incoming administration, and also address the legitimate concerns of Americans who turned their backs on the party in November. Our strategies must be pragmatic and effective, reaching a broad majority of Americans, not just those who already think like us. As Democrats Abroad, we also need to work toward specific goals to expand the rights and relevance of expat Americans in the US political process. In Taiwan, we'll continue to reach more US voters through local events and media to increase participation and strengthen both the Democratic Party and our local organization. I pledge to work toward these goals on your behalf if elected as a director of Democrats Abroad Taiwan.

     

    Terry Cullen: The events of the past few months have hit me in the head and feel I need to become more actively involved in the political process.  I am a life-long Democrat and am interested in contributing in any fashion I can to seeing positive electoral changes in the present and the future. I've lived and worked abroad for the majority of my career.  I've been in Taiwan for almost one year now and lived in several other countries (including one earlier stay in Taiwan several years ago).  I have been mostly involved in legal and real estate matters in the course of my work.  I have some prior political experience.  I've been privileged to meet and work with some outstanding individuals in the expat community and look forward to meeting new colleagues and contributing in some meaningful way to making positive change as a Director, supporter or any other capacity that might contribute and further progressive goals.

     

    John Eastwood: I'm a long-term Taiwan resident and DA Taiwan member who has served locally as Chair, Vice Chair, Counsel and as an at-large board member. I am also in my second 4-year term as a Dems Abroad representative for the Asia-Pacific region to the Democratic National Committee. In the past, I've served on the Int'l ExCom as International Counsel, and during the 2016 presidential campaign I served as chair of the global Presidential Campaign Liaison Committee. Over the many years of my involvement with Dems Abroad, I've worked hard to be fair and open-minded, helping members communicate with the bigger Democratic Party and participate directly in shaping its future. I care deeply about the progressive values at the heart of our party, and I will stand with you to make our party a better and stronger one. We must protect the most vulnerable in our nation and world because they face real risks from the Trump presidency.

     

    Mary Goodwin: I have lived in Taiwan for more than 20 years with my Taiwanese husband and two kids. I have a PhD in English and American literature from the University of Virginia and I am a professor of English at National Taiwan Normal University. A lifelong Democrat, I have always voted but never was transfixed by politics until the primary in 2016. Throughout the year I donated heavily to the Democratic effort. Like many, I was shocked and sickened by the outcome of the election, not only for the loss to my party but also the loss to science, to human rights, to principles of civility. Noting that Taiwan (and in particular the DA) did not participate in the international Women’s March on Jan 21, I rallied supporters through social media and we came together to witness our ideals in CKS Memorial Park on Jan 23. We posted pictures on the giant FB group Pantsuit Nation, where thousands of friends and supporters thanked us for our effort. As a board member for Democrats Abroad Taiwan, I would focus on voter registration and calls to action among Americans in Taiwan.

     

    Dave Hall: I'd like to serve again as a Director for Democrats Abroad Taiwan. The Global Primary went great last year and everyone including myself had a tremendous time. As a former teacher union official in California and active environmentalist I can contribute to DAT. I appreciate all the good work done by DA around the world and certainly we need to work hard to change the House and Senate next election.

     

    Ben Schwall: I have been a resident of TAIWAN for the past 26 years. I am a self employed entrepreneur and split my time between China and TAIWAN. I was very upset with the DNC after the last election and I wrote to the Democrats Abroad to share with them my frustration and anger at what I viewed as Cronyism, Hubris and perhaps even racketeering of the DNC. Trump did not win: the DNC lost! The reply I received basically said if I was so angry, I should try and change it. This is why I am interested in running as a director.

     

    Dan Silver: I believe the U.S. is at a critical juncture in our democratic experiment. Progressive thinking is threatened in all branches of government. I haven’t been involved in party politics for a long time, but it’s become clear to me – as it has to many people – that we’ll all need to step up to protect what we care about in the U.S. What can DA Taiwan do? Whatever possible to help win back a majority of Congressional seats in 2018, the presidency in 2020, and state offices at every opportunity, including fighting gerrymandering in our home states and resisting the erosion of democratic norms. We can stand up for America’s liberal values whenever a bill, action or presidential order will undermine them. I’m interested in a Board seat to work to expand membership, engage stakeholders in Taiwan and the U.S., and help channel our ideas & organization to amplify the DA voice from Taiwan. I’m a lifelong Democrat. My family and I have lived in Taiwan for 7 years, where I work for a U.S. multinational I’m involved in U.S. civic organizations and committed to the relationship & common values of Taiwan and the United States.

     

    Alton Thompson: Please consider me a candidate for a director or supervisor position with Democrats Abroad Taiwan. I am an orchestra conductor and college professor currently serving on the faculty of a national university in Taiwan. I have made Taiwan my home since 2004. I hold degrees from the Florida State University, the University of Memphis, and the John Hopkins University. My USA residence is in my state of birth, Florida--a crucial swing state, as you know. My goal is to see a United States of America that (1) pursues a principled foreign policy abroad that supports democracy and human rights on all shores; (2) supports policies of free trade and open borders, recognising that since 1990 extreme poverty in the world has been reduced from 40% of the population to 17%--an unprecedented improvement in the lives of millions of people; (3) opens opportunity for all of its people in the careers of the future; (4) builds a great culture that continues to attract the best arts and sciences minds from all over the world. I view with alarm my home country's recent election of a narcissistic incompetent who lacks the basic maturity and intelligence even to be a custodian at the White House. Something has gone wrong with the way voters get and process information. This is the great crisis of today for the world's democracies and we must get it solved. We need Democratic candidates that inspire the hope Barack Obama embodied, that stand up for democracies in Asia as in Europe (with unswerving support for Taiwan), that remember the working people who put FDR and Truman into office, and that articulate a vision of enduring freedom and opportunity for all. Above all, we need to be bold. I stand ready to do my part. Thank you for your consideration.

     

    B. Supervisor Candidates

    Teresa Lin: I am Teresa Lin and I have resided in either Taipei or the northern suburbs of Atlanta, GA, for the last fifteen years.  I respectfully submit my name for consideration to be a supervisor for Democrats Abroad Taipei.  The Trump administration in its short tenure has proven to be tumultuous; each day that goes by offers another crisis to our liberal democracy, our safety and the promising future of our nation.  In my lifetime, there has never been a more critical time to become an involved citizen, raising a voice with others to protect the ideals of our country and the position America holds on the worldwide stage as a democratic leader.  I am outraged by the inane behavior of Trump and frightened by the consequences of his administration’s actions.  I have decided that I cannot idly watch and hope that someone else will preserve what I hold dear.  To that end, for the first time in my life, I have become politically active with the local group of Indivisible making calls to senators and representatives and rallying others to do the same.  I humbly ask for your vote so that I may work with you and others who are passionately opposed to the direction Trump has taken America.

     

     

    Alton Thompson: [See candidate statement above.]


  • 2017-2019 Democrats Abroad Taiwan Board Elections Candidate Statements

    The Nominations Committee's Dwight Jurling and Jeffrey Chen have requested the following Candidate Statements be posted. These are the candidate statements that the Nominations Committee had received as of Feb. 24, 2017. Candidates interested in running may still submit their names up to March 12th in order to be on the ballot. If there are any open positions without a candidate as of the AGM on March 26th, then nominations from the floor will be accepted. Note that the election is for 7 director seats and 2 supervisor seats. 

     

     A. Director Candidates

    Sally Champagne: The Election of 2016 was a political awakening for me as a born and bred New Englander, living in Taipei since 2009. The breathtaking veer to the far-right the new administration in Washington has taken is dizzyingly stunning and the America I grew up with is becoming more unrecognizable by the hour. Never before have I felt so empowered to combat the waves of alternative facts and compelled to become more involved in the political process as one voice to help make a difference. Last fall I was honored to become involved in Democrats Abroad and spearheaded debate watching events, as well as planned what should have been an election night celebration. Even though that evening was a wake, it was good to commiserate with fellow Dems. Going forward, I’d hope to help increase involvement in our activities to draw more of us together. We have work to do before November, 2018 and I look forward to helping to turn the tide. “Yes, we can” to coin a phrase from President Obama — I hope to serve on your board so that our next election night party will be a true Democratic celebration. Please consider casting your vote for me.

    Peter Chworowsky: I moved to Hong Kong as a youth and have lived most of my life in Taiwan, establishing a number of businesses, primarily the export of industrial components from Asia to worldwide markets. I'm a lifelong Democrat and was formerly active in Democrats Abroad as Treasurer. The last election has shaken me; none of us can afford to sit out the next four years, so I want to help however I can to reverse our recent setbacks. We need to both vigorously oppose dangerous and autocratic tendencies of the incoming administration, and also address the legitimate concerns of Americans who turned their backs on the party in November. Our strategies must be pragmatic and effective, reaching a broad majority of Americans, not just those who already think like us. As Democrats Abroad, we also need to work toward specific goals to expand the rights and relevance of expat Americans in the US political process. In Taiwan, we'll continue to reach more US voters through local events and media to increase participation and strengthen both the Democratic Party and our local organization. I pledge to work toward these goals on your behalf if elected as a director of Democrats Abroad Taiwan.

    John Eastwood: I'm a long-term Taiwan resident and DA Taiwan member who has served locally as Chair, Vice Chair, Counsel and as an at-large board member. I am also in my second 4-year term as a Dems Abroad representative for the Asia-Pacific region to the Democratic National Committee. In the past, I've served on the Int'l ExCom as International Counsel, and during the 2016 presidential campaign I served as chair of the global Presidential Campaign Liaison Committee. Over the many years of my involvement with Dems Abroad, I've worked hard to be fair and open-minded, helping members communicate with the bigger Democratic Party and participate directly in shaping its future. I care deeply about the progressive values at the heart of our party, and I will stand with you to make our party a better and stronger one. We must protect the most vulnerable in our nation and world because they face real risks from the Trump presidency.

    Mary Goodwin: I have lived in Taiwan for more than 20 years with my Taiwanese husband and two kids. I have a PhD in English and American literature from the University of Virginia and I am a professor of English at National Taiwan Normal University. A lifelong Democrat, I have always voted but never was transfixed by politics until the primary in 2016. Throughout the year I donated heavily to the Democratic effort. Like many, I was shocked and sickened by the outcome of the election, not only for the loss to my party but also the loss to science, to human rights, to principles of civility. Noting that Taiwan (and in particular the DA) did not participate in the international Women’s March on Jan 21, I rallied supporters through social media and we came together to witness our ideals in CKS Memorial Park on Jan 23. We posted pictures on the giant FB group Pantsuit Nation, where thousands of friends and supporters thanked us for our effort. As a board member for Democrats Abroad Taiwan, I would focus on voter registration and calls to action among Americans in Taiwan.

    Dave Hall: I'd like to serve again as a Director for Democrats Abroad Taiwan. The Global Primary went great last year and everyone including myself had a tremendous time. As a former teacher union official in California and active environmentalist I can contribute to DAT. I appreciate all the good work done by DA around the world and certainly we need to work hard to change the House and Senate next election.

    Ben Schwall: I have been a resident of TAIWAN for the past 26 years. I am a self employed entrepreneur and split my time between China and TAIWAN. I was very upset with the DNC after the last election and I wrote to the Democrats Abroad to share with them my frustration and anger at what I viewed as Cronyism, Hubris and perhaps even racketeering of the DNC. Trump did not win: the DNC lost! The reply I received basically said if I was so angry, I should try and change it. This is why I am interested in running as a director.


    Dan Silver: I believe the U.S. is at a critical juncture in our democratic experiment. Progressive thinking is threatened in all branches of government. I haven’t been involved in party politics for a long time, but it’s become clear to me – as it has to many people – that we’ll all need to step up to protect what we care about in the U.S. What can DA Taiwan do? Whatever possible to help win back a majority of Congressional seats in 2018, the presidency in 2020, and state offices at every opportunity, including fighting gerrymandering in our home states and resisting the erosion of democratic norms. We can stand up for America’s liberal values whenever a bill, action or presidential order will undermine them. I’m interested in a Board seat to work to expand membership, engage stakeholders in Taiwan and the U.S., and help channel our ideas & organization to amplify the DA voice from Taiwan. I’m a lifelong Democrat. My family and I have lived in Taiwan for 7 years, where I work for a U.S. multinational I’m involved in U.S. civic organizations and committed to the relationship & common values of Taiwan and the United States.

    Alton Thompson: Please consider me a candidate for a director or supervisor position with Democrats Abroad Taiwan. I am an orchestra conductor and college professor currently serving on the faculty of a national university in Taiwan. I have made Taiwan my home since 2004. I hold degrees from the Florida State University, the University of Memphis, and the John Hopkins University. My USA residence is in my state of birth, Florida--a crucial swing state, as you know. My goal is to see a United States of America that (1) pursues a principled foreign policy abroad that supports democracy and human rights on all shores; (2) supports policies of free trade and open borders, recognising that since 1990 extreme poverty in the world has been reduced from 40% of the population to 17%--an unprecedented improvement in the lives of millions of people; (3) opens opportunity for all of its people in the careers of the future; (4) builds a great culture that continues to attract the best arts and sciences minds from all over the world. I view with alarm my home country's recent election of a narcissistic incompetent who lacks the basic maturity and intelligence even to be a custodian at the White House. Something has gone wrong with the way voters get and process information. This is the great crisis of today for the world's democracies and we must get it solved. We need Democratic candidates that inspire the hope Barack Obama embodied, that stand up for democracies in Asia as in Europe (with unswerving support for Taiwan), that remember the working people who put FDR and Truman into office, and that articulate a vision of enduring freedom and opportunity for all. Above all, we need to be bold. I stand ready to do my part. Thank you for your consideration.

    B. Supervisor Candidates

    Alton Thompson: [See candidate statement above.]


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Partner in the Eiger law firm in Taipei and Shanghai; Dems Abroad rep to the DNC and chair of Presidential Campaign Liaison Committee; husband of 1 and dad of 3