CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - NEW DAMX LEADERS

The Annual General Membership Meeting for Democrats Abroad Mexico (DAMX) will be held virtually this year on March 14th.  It is time to select a new Board of Directors and Voting Representatives for DAMX.  The independent Nominating and Elections Committee (NEC) will select a slate of candidates to present to the membership for consideration. 

The NEC is empowered by our Bylaws to "receive nominations of members for elected Officer positions and Members-at-Large from the membership and to make nominations...for any open position."  This letter serves as a call for nominations from our membership (see below for details). Nominations MUST be made in writing and returned to the NEC Chair no later than February 20, 2021. A link to the Nominating Form is at the end of this document. If you would like to nominate someone or be considered for a position, please use the form and email Bill Crowder, NEC Chair, at [email protected]  

Candidates will have the opportunity to present their bios and statements to be posted on the Democrats Abroad Mexico page and linked on the ballot.

After the NEC vets candidates and prepares a slate, a ballot will be sent to all members in good standing on February 28th. Ballots must be returned by March 13th. Since our meeting this year will be virtual, there will not be any nominations from the floor.

Please read the following to have a better understanding of the Board and the roles of each of its members.

The Executive Committee of the DAMX Board consists of these officers:  Chair, Vice Chair of Global and Regional Affairs, Vice Chair of Chapter Affairs, Secretary for Administrative Records, Vice Chair of Chapter Affairs, Secretary for Membership, Treasurer, Counsel, and immediate past Chair. 

In particular we are seeking a candidate for the officer position of Treasurer. Job descriptions for these positions can be found in the DAMX Board Handbook, linked at the end of this letter. The list of candidates currently running for the DAMX Board can be found here: Candidates

Additionally, the Board of Directors can include from three to seven voting Members-at-Large with experience in diverse areas: Get Out the Vote, IT, Communications, Fundraising, and Events Planning, among others.  Members-at-Large may be asked to chair or serve on a Board committee by the DAMX Chair.

We are seeking a diverse group of candidate Board members and officers who are willing and able to make the following commitments:  

- Uphold the  DAMX Bylaws Bylaws Link

- Serve for at least one two-year term.

- Attend monthly virtual Board meetings. 

- Donate to DAMX. The amount of the donation is totally up to the Board member, but Board contributions are a significant portion of the annual budget and are an important fundraising tool.

Beyond the commitments laid out above: we look for Board members who understand that they serve to represent and advance the aims of the DAMX and the Democratic Party.  Ideal candidates are those who are able to work collaboratively and be part of the team, ready to pitch in where and when needed. Finally, ideal Board members are those who enjoy working with others and will find that their time on the Board is not only worthwhile but also fun.

Any member of the organization wishing to run for an open position and not nominated by the NEC shall declare their candidacy in writing to the Chair of the NEC by February 20th. We will send the slate out for consideration on February 28th.

Also, up for election are our Voting Representatives who serve to represent Mexico at the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA). Here is a link to their job description: Voting Rep Job Description 

If you are interested in volunteering, but don’t want to hold a leadership position, we invite you to identify yourself as a “Volunteer” on your profile in NationBuilder by going to www.DemocratsAbroad.org and signing in using your email address (NationBuilder is the database in which DA maintains confirmed “Members” and from which we have sent this email).  Or contact your local Chapter Chair.  DAMX will contact you once it organizes the committees and plans activities.

For complete Election Rules go to this link: Election Rules 

Here is the link to the DAMX Board Member Handbook with job descriptions: Board Handbook 

Link to Nominating Form: Nominations Form 

We appreciate your interest and involvement.  Please contact us with your questions or to submit nominations.

Sincerely,

Nominations and Elections Committee:

Bill Crowder, NEC Chair, Lake Chapala  [email protected]
Edgar Lopez, CDMX
Mike Lyman, Costa Banderas
Barbara Erickson, SMA
Michael Lawry, Yucatan