The Chair of Democrats Abroad Switzerland is pleased to announce that the newly forming Geneva Chapter will hold its founding meeting on Wednesday, May 24. During the meeting, the Chapter will be formalized and the 2017-2019 Chair will be elected. We encourage all greater-Geneva area Democrats to attend, meet with fellow Dems Abroad, show your support for the Chair nominees and vote in the election. We need a quorum for the election to be official, so please do attend, or vote by proxy if you cannot (more info on that below).
Our announced candidate for Chair is: Laura Messenger. Please see here statement below.
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Americans who are DA members as of Monday, May 22, may vote. Please register to attend by May 22. You may vote in one of the following ways:
In-person voting: Printed ballots will be distributed at the meeting.
Vote by proxy: Pick a person who will vote for you at the meeting, and request a proxy form from firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a copy of your completed and signed proxy form to us by May 23, and give it to your chosen attending proxy member before the meeting. Any voter at the meeting may hold at most two proxies. Let us know if you need help finding someone to be your proxy.
At the meeting, nominations may be made from the floor as write-in candidates. All Chair candidates will be given two to three minutes to address the members. Up to three questions from the audience will be allowed (per candidate).
Candidate for Chair: Laura Messenger
I've lived in Geneva for 16 years, through three different presidents, four presidential terms, and 100+ days. I've always voted in the elections for president and for my representatives in both houses of Congress. And I've been a member of Democrats Abroad throughout. Like so many other people, after Trump's election I felt compelled to get more involved in civic activities, to resist an agenda that I saw as dangerous and totally antithetical to American ideals. I now seek to put my organizational and leadership skills to work in a new way: as DA-Geneva Chair.
I believe that even though we live outside the U.S., we in Democrats Abroad still have an important part to play in the affairs of our country and, now more than ever, we need to make our voices heard. It is for that reason that I have chosen to run for Chair of this new chapter. As Chair, I would seek to make Geneva members' voices heard more clearly through our connection to DA-Switzerland and through DA's international structure, where I serve as a member of the communications committee. I would strive to keep members informed in matters related to issues important to their status as U.S. citizens, such as voting and paying taxes. Most of all, I would seek to develop a sense of community within the membership. Whether it be through a gathering to prepare postcards for mailing to the White House, to watch a debate, or just to enjoy each other's company, we need to be able to share with each other our frustrations, hopes, and thoughts about what vision we have not only for DA, but for our country.
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