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2019 National Elections Results

The 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) is pleased to announce to results of the 2019 national elections. Votes in the 2019 National Officers Election were counted on 6/16 and recorded by the NEC as follows:

Total ballots cast: 50

Total legitimate ballots: 49 (Completed ballots & confirmed membership)

Chair:

  • John Baumlin - 49 votes, 100% total valid votes (WINNER)

Vice-Chair: (write-in candidates)

  • Kiyoko Ayukawa 36 votes, 73.5% of total valid votes (WINNER)
  • Denise Treuting 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes
  • Gordon Gaul 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes
  • No one: 11, 22.5% of total valid votes

Secretary:

  • Anna Costello - 49 votes, 100% total valid votes (WINNER)

Treasurer: (write-in candidates)

  • Dave Brauer – 34 votes, 69.4% of total valid votes (WINNER)
  • Write-in candidate – Timothy Trahan 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes
  • Write-in candidate – Jenise Treuting 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes
  • No one:13 votes, 26.6% of total valid votes

Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Voting Representative:

  • Gordon Gaul - 42 votes, 85.7% of total valid votes (WINNER)
  • Kiyoko Ayukawa – 4 votes, 8.2% of total valid votes
  • No one: 3 votes, 6.1% of total valid votes

Member-at-Large for Eastern/Northern Honshu:

  • Elena Morlock - 32 votes, 100% of total valid votes (WINNER)

Member-at-Large for Western/Southern Honshu:

  • Raymond Kunikane Terhune - 5 votes, 100% of total valid votes (WINNER)

Member-at-Large for Shikoku/Kyushu/Okinawa:

  • Votes for Rose Turck - 2 votes, 100% of total valid votes (WINNER)

Member-at-Large for Hokkaido: (write-in candidates only)

  • No Votes

We would like to thank everyone who ran as a candidate and voted in this election. Democrats Abroad Japan is only able to accomplish its goals with the participation of members like you. Now on to the heart of what we do -- registering voters and getting out the vote for the 2020 elections!

Sincerely yours,

The DAJ 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee

  • Sarajean Rossitto, Chair
  • Leslie Anne Rogers
  • Steven Breyak
  • Jenise Treuting
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Vote on Bylaws Changes

     The three-week membership review period for the proposed changes to the DAJ Bylaws was over on 26 May. An e-mail was sent on 26 May to the DAJ membership announcing the ballot. You can download and mail or fax your ballot at the following link: 
  • http://docs.google.com/document/d/12p3tJYXOLZfc6my946XOYaRviXcOWHFzOzvZtXTrgHw/edit?usp=sharing

     Alternatively, the Executive Committee encourages everyone to attend the General Meeting. This year it will be held on June 9, 2019, at the Wesley Center, from 2-4 pm. The address to the Wesley Center is 6-10-11 Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo, 107-0062.

     Please contact Patrick Shumaker at [email protected] with questions and comments.

     The documents attached are the draft changes in the Bylaws, a document explaining the rationale for the changes, and the current Democrats Abroad Country Committee Election Procedures (DA-CCEP March 2019). They can be viewed at the links below.

  • Final Version of Bylaws Amendments: http://drive.google.com/open?id=14j4CQjpxE8G49vfBC5silhr8-qLHD8Ek
  • Discussion of the Bylaws Changes: http://drive.google.com/open?id=1GrlixAzzcAApTd_tpxlv2YlIGcY2boZk
  • Election procedures: http://drive.google.com/open?id=13R6gdnqHd5HNI15qi3H6XImYrFLGBS44
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2019 Kanto Chapter Ballots!

Voting for Democrats Abroad Japan 2019 Elections for National positions opened on Sunday, May 19.

You may download the ballot and instructions at the link below anytime during the voting period May 19 - June 14. However, ballots must be complete and received on time in order to be counted.

Get your Kanto Chapter Ballot: http://drive.google.com/open?id=1taIT-CxPpRvGPY9ELsKTyKoG1FalSMee

  • Ballots may only be sent to the NEC by regular mail or fax (address and fax number are on the ballot)
  • Faxed ballots must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 14, 2019
  • Ballots sent by regular mail must be received by the afternoon postal mail delivery on June 14, 2019
  • Ballots must include complete voter name, signature, and date sent
  • Read the Candidate Statements: http://drive.google.com/open?id=1sWUN23kZAg3abqVfomHG1c8EDbeEzuQj

If you have any questions concerning the ballot or procedures, please contact the DAJ 2019 NEC at [email protected]gmail.com. We look forward to receiving your ballots.

The 2019 DAJ Nominations and Elections Committee

  • Sarajean Rossitto, Chair
  • Jenise Treuting
  • Steven Breyak
  • Leslie Anne Rogers
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2019 DAJ National Elections Notice and Ballot

Voting for Democrats Abroad Japan 2019 Elections for National positions opened on Sunday, May 19.

You may download the ballot and instructions at the link below anytime during the voting period May 19 - June 14. However, ballots must be complete and received on time in order to be counted.

Get your ballot here: http://docs.google.com/document/d/1yBooIdA1aUgEjYj9rv1-_3YaRn8X4caFBvw8v1IZeF8/edit?usp=sharing

  • Ballots may only be sent to the NEC by regular mail or fax
  • Faxed ballots must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 14, 2019
  • Ballots sent by regular mail must be received by the afternoon postal mail delivery on June 14, 2019, to the address listed on the ballot
  • Ballots must include complete voter name, signature, and date sent
  • Candidates statements can be found http://www.democratsabroad.org/247449/2019_daj_national_officer_candidate_statements

If you have any questions concerning the ballot or procedures, please contact the DAJ 2019 NEC at [email protected] We look forward to receiving your ballots.

The 2019 DAJ Nominations and Elections Committee

  • Sarajean Rossitto, Chair
  • Jenise Treuting
  • Steven Breyak
  • Leslie Anne Rogers
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National Elections Ballot


2019 DAJ National Elections Begin May 19th!

On Sunday, May 19, from 2-4 pm, Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) will hold Meet the Candidates events from in Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo, and Yokohama. These events are in support of DAJ 2019 National Elections for officer positions, Members-at-Large, and DPCA Voting Representative. Events will include time to hear from the candidates, ask questions and hold local DAJ Chapter discussions. They provide a great opportunity to meet fellow Democrats and find out about the people who will guide us to victory in 2020!

Meet the Candidates Events

  • Tokyo
    • Location: Akasaka Community Plaza - Akasaka Kumin Center
    • http://www.facebook.com/events/274970940051279/
  • Yokohama
    • Location: the McCreery’s home, near Yokohama station
    • Facebook event page coming soon!
  • Kansai (Osaka)
    • Location: Lingua Cafe
    • See further details and RSVP on the Facebook event page
  • Tokai (Nagoya)
    • Location: Eric Gondree's apartment, near Irinaka Station in Nagoya
    • RSVP on the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/427669664457652/

Candidate Statements

  • National Election candidate statements are available as downloadable PDF files on the DAJ website: http://www.democratsabroad.org/247449/2019_daj_national_officer_candidate_statements

Ballots and Voting

  • Ballots will be available from May 19 and must be turned in by June 14. Ballots can be downloaded from the DAJ website and faxed or mailed. Some paper ballots and envelopes will be available at the Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya venues.
  • Submit Your Questions in advance to a candidate before Thursday, May 16 using this form: http://forms.gle/o3HWKNAHf3ZCNde18

Please contact the DAJ 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee directly at [email protected]

  • If you have any trouble with the links above, or
  • If you don't use Facebook, or
  • If you want to learn how to join online via Zoom!, or
  • If you need details about an event near you, or
  • If you want to hold a Meet the Candidates Event in your area, or
  • If you have questions about events or elections!

Thank you very much, everyone, for support. We look forward to an engaging discussion with the candidates on May 19!

Sincerely,

The Nominations and Elections Committee

Sarajean Rossitto, Steven Breyak, Jenise Treuting, Leslie Anne Rogers

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2019 Kanto Chapter Officer Candidate Statements

The 2019 Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) would like to share the Candidate Statements submitted by those running for DAJ Kanto Chapter officer positions. They are available as a downloadable PDF file below and on the Facebook DAJ community page (http://www.facebook.com/DemocratsAbroadJapan/). Other written and video Candidate Statements may be posted in mid-May.

Candidate Statements: http://www.scribd.com/document/408283603/Kanto-Chapter-Candidate-Statements

Voting for National Election positions will commence on May 19 and conclude on June 14.

Ballots will be made available to all DAJ members on May 19.

All members are invited to take part in the Sunday, May 19 Meet the Candidates events being held throughout Japan. The NEC will post details about these events on a DAJ MeetUp! event page (forthcoming) and the DAJ Facebook Meet The Candidates Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/274970940051279/

We encourage all DAJ Kanto members to join us on May 19 so that you may take an active role in the Kanto Chapter elections, as well as the national elections taking place at the same time. It will be a great opportunity to meet other like-minded people and to find out more about the people who will guide us to victory in the 2020 elections.

Events will be held in Tokyo and possibly other areas in Kanto. Information will be provided on the DAJ Facebook event page above. However, even if you are not able to join in person, you may participate online. 

If you would like to hold a Meet the Candidates event in your area, please contact the 2019 NEC before May 12 so we will help you get everything organized. Contact the 2019 NEC with any questions at [email protected]

We look forward to an engaging discussion with the candidates on May 19!

Submitted, on behalf of the DAJ 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee

Sarajean Rossitto, Chair

Jenise Treuting, Kanto election adjudicator

Steven Breyak

Leslie Anne Rogers

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2019 DAJ National Officer Candidate Statements

The 2019 Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) would like to share the Candidate Statements submitted by those running for National Officer positions.

The Candidates’ Statements are available as downloadable PDF files at the link below and on the DAJ Facebook community page (http://www.facebook.com/DemocratsAbroadJapan/). Other written and video Candidate Statements may be posted in mid-May.

Voting for National Election positions will commence on May 19 and conclude on June 14. Ballots will be made available to all DAJ members on May 19.

We have an interesting group of people running and hope you will review these statements in preparation for the Sunday, May 19 Meet the Candidates events being held throughout Japan. The NEC will post details about these events on a DAJ MeetUp! event page (forthcoming) and the DAJ Facebook Meet The Candidates Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/274970940051279/

We encourage all DAJ members to join us on May 19 so that you may take an active role in these National Officer elections. It will be a great opportunity to meet other like-minded people and to find out more about the people who will guide us to victory in the 2020 elections.

Events will be held in Kansai, Tokai and Kanto areas. However, even if you are not able to join in person, you may participate online. If you would like to hold a Meet the Candidates Event in your area, please contact the 2019 NEC before May 12 so we will help you get everything organized. Contact the 2019 NEC with any questions at [email protected]

We look forward to an engaging discussion with the candidates on May 19!

http://www.scribd.com/document/408045586/DAJ-2019-National-Candidate-Statements

Submitted, on behalf of the DAJ 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee

  • Sarajean Rossitto, Chair
  • Jenise Treuting
  • Steven Breyak
  • Leslie Anne Rogers

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Announcement of DAJ Bylaws Proposed Changes

     Per the current DAJ Bylaws, revisions to DAJ Bylaws require that the Executive Committee provide a three week period for the membership to review the proposed changes, provide feedback, ask questions and engage in dialogue with the Executive Committee regarding these proposed changes. Following the three weeks, a final version will be prepared along with a ballot for approval or disapproval of the changes. Those documents will be sent out two weeks prior to the General Meeting, which is currently scheduled for June 9, 2019.

     This initial three week period begins on April 29, 2019, and ends on May 20, 2019. The final version and ballot will be sent out to the membership by May 26, 2019.

You may contact me at [email protected] with questions and comments.

     The documents attached are the draft changes in the Bylaws, a document explaining the rationale for the changes, and the current Democrats Abroad Country Committee Election Procedures (DA-CCEP March 2019). They can be viewed at the links below.

http://www.scribd.com/document/407901112/Daj-Bylaws-2015-Work-Copy-4-15-19

http://www.scribd.com/document/407901135/DAJ-Bylaw-Proposed-Amendments-Discussion-Document-042219

http://www.scribd.com/document/407901143/DA-CCElectionProcedures-RevMar2019-1

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Nominations to Biannual Elections 2019

The DAJ nomination period is now closed, and we are pleased to announce the list of verified and confirmed candidates for our 2019 election.**

2019 National Officer Position Candidates

  • Chair ----------- John Baumlin
  • Vice-Chair ---- none
  • Treasurer ----- none
  • Secretary ----- Anna Costello

Members-at-Large Position* Candidates

  • Hokkaido ---------------------------- none
  • Eastern/Northern Honshu ------- Elena Morlock
  • Western/Southern Honshu ------ Raymond Terhune
  • Shikoku and Kyushu/Okinawa --- Rose Turck

Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA)

  • Kiyoko Ayukawa
  • Gordon Gaul

* Note - These are non-voting positions as members of the DAJ Advisory Board.

** Note - Write-in votes will be accepted and tallied for all positions.

The upcoming schedule with key dates is posted below.

Candidate statements will be available on the DAJ website in early May. Candidates may also prepare videos, which will be posted on the DAJ website in May as well.

We will be holding a Meet the Candidates! Forum on Sunday, May 19, from 2-4pm, with access from various locations. Updates will be posted on the DAJ Facebook page. Details about the event will be sent to the membership by email after Golden Week. We would like to encourage everyone to save the date and time so that you may take an active role in the elections.

Contact the 2019 NEC if you have any questions at [email protected]

Submitted, on behalf of the DAJ 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee

Sarajean Rossitto, Chair
Jenise Treuting
Steven Breyak
Leslie Anne Rogers

Next key dates

  • Early May - Candidate statements made available.
  • Sun 5/19 Voting opens.
  • Sun 5/19 2-4pm Meet the Candidates!! Forum
    • Tokyo venue: Akasaka Community Plaza - Akasaka Kumin Senta
    • Details will be posted on the DAJ website and Facebook page
    • Additional venue information will be provided in May.
  • Fri 6/14 Voting closes
  • Sun 6/16 2-4pm Ballots counted.
    • Venue: Iigura Ikiiki Plaza
    • Details will be posted in May on the DAJ website and the Facebook page
  • Mon 6/17 Membership notified of election results.

DAJ Official Website: http://www.democratsabroad.org/jp
Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/274970940051279/

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