February 13, 2023

Suisse Romande Call for Candidates 2023

Suisse Romande's Annual Chapter Meeting is just around the corner, and that means it’s Chapter election season! Every two years, the Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH) Suisse Romande Chapter elects a new committee consisting of Chair and, ideally also, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and two members-at-large.

Democrats Abroad is an organization chartered by the Democratic National Committee. We support the Democratic agenda by registering U.S. citizens overseas to vote in elections, disseminating information about Democratic candidates and policies, and encouraging political activism in social and racial justice, fixing U.S. tax policy for Americans abroad, progressive issues, reproductive freedom and other areas.

Nominations Timeline and Eligibility

All active members of the DACH Suisse Romande Chapter are eligible and encouraged to run for a position on the Chapter Committee. Help DACH carry out it's work through the 2024 presidential election!

To submit your name for an office, send an email to Nominations Chair Peter Butterfield at [email protected] by end of day Wednesday, February 15th. If you are unsure of your active status, please email Peter.

By Saturday, February 25th, we will announce the candidates and voting procedures via email and web post, along with the notice of the March 22 Annual Chapter Meeting. At that meeting, members will elect our new officers as well as conduct other business of the chapter body.

Position Descriptions: 

The five elected positions shown below form the chapter Leadership Team. All contribute to the work of the Committee, participate in key discussions and vote on decisions.

☆ Chair ☆

  • Oversee and coordinate the business functions of the chapter and report to country and global committees as required

  • Engage in membership recruitment, retention, and outreach in French-speaking Switzerland

  • Ensure that core work is being done and appoint other positions as necessary for effective functioning of the group

  • Represent DACH Suisse Romande as a member of the DACH Executive Committee (ExCom) and report on Chapter activities

  • Hold regular meetings, direct the activities of DACH in our region, and inform members about activities and events

  • Help with DACH fundraising and ensure all activities are conducted in compliance with FEC and campaign finance laws as established by the ExCom

☆ Vice Chair ☆

  • Assist the Chair in all Romande Chapter activities

  • Partner with the Chair to take on some of their responsibilities

  • When needed, substitute for the Chair and assume their responsibilities

☆ Secretary ☆

  • Distribute meeting agendas to the Chapter Committee as necessary

  • Take and distribute minutes of all meetings and distribute to the Chapter Committee and DACH ExCom

  • Maintain files and administrative records of the Chapter (Google Drive)

  • Manage and maintain the Chapter membership and volunteer lists in coordination with the DACH Secretary. This may require training on the DA database

  • Ensure events are advertised through DACH media channels, in collaboration with event organizers, committee members and national communications team

☆ Treasurer ☆

  • Manage the finances of DACH Suisse Romande in cooperation with the DACH ExCom Treasurer

  • Maintain clear and accurate financial records and make financial reports as required

  • Using recommendations from DACH ExCom Treasurer, ensure all financial matters conform to local rules and regulations as well as to those of the Federal Election Commission and campaign finance laws of the United States

☆ Member at Large ☆

  • Part of the Leadership Team, no assigned duties

We are glad to discuss or answer any question you might have about the Chapter Committee, what it does, and elected positions.


Nominations and Election Committee:

Peter Butterfield ([email protected])