Global IT Team Chair; Global Womens Caucus Steering Team; ERA Project Coordinator; Membership/IT Coordinator, Germany; DPCA Representative, Germany

  • “Completing the Work of Our Foremothers”: The Final Push for the Equal Rights Amendment

    On Thursday, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) re-introduced her bill dissolving the deadline for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment with bipartisan support of more than 195 co-signers.Soon Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will introduce an identical bill in the Senate.

    msmagazine.com

    Full Article:  https://msmagazine.com/2021/01/21/equal-rights-amendment-biden-harris-congress-house-representatives-senate/


  • published ERA Special LTE in Campaigns 2021-01-30 08:03:02 -0500

    ERA Special LTE

    SPECIAL LETTER to the EDITOR/OP-ED CAMPAIGN

    Action

    Send a letter to the editor/opinion editorial to newspapers in the United States.   We are trying to get letters published in every US state by March 8 - International Women's Day.   If your letter is published, please send a link to it to [email protected]   Copies of all letters will be delivered to your U.S. Senators on March 8.

    However, if you missed the date, please still try to get one published!

    Objective

    This is a campaign to solicit local awareness and support for adding the ERA to the US Constitution now that the need 38 states have ratified it.   The goal is to get people to contact their Senators to show their support.    We have another Letter to the Editor campaign for the 12 remaining states that have not yet ratified it.   Click here for details on that.   

    Guidelines

    If you are voter in one of these states or a former resident, consider writing a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper.   You should call upon citizens to support the ERA and call upon your U.S. Senators to support the current bill in the Senate to add the ERA to the Constitution.

    Here are some potential talking points:

    • 85% of all nations have equal rights in their constitutions - and if your resident country does then include that along with how it has helped, not hurt women
    • Women need protection under the constitution since laws supporting equal rights can be changed 
    • If a male, state you support it for your mother, daughter, sister

    Note that you should try to keep your comments as non-partisan as possible.

    Sample Text

     

    Sample Text 1 (from DA)

    On January 27, 2020, the Equal Rights Amendment was fully-ratified, becoming the 28th Amendment to our Constitution. If you know and love a woman in this country, the 28th Amendment matters to you. It reads:

    “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged
    by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

    It’s as simple as that. We cannot expect a document signed without women, two centuries ago, to speak to the challenges modern women face. Between economic participation, access to education, health/survival services and political representation, we are failing - ranking 53rd for gender equality, globally.

    We cannot continue to laud America for its many freedoms if those freedoms do not apply equally to the female half of the population. My current residence in ________, ensures equitable rights regardless of gender in its constitution. As a woman (father, son, etc.), it troubles me that my/her rights and freedoms are more recognized and observed abroad than in my/her own country. Returning home to a country without guaranteed equal rights for women is essentially a step backward.

    Today, I ask that you join me in calling on our US Senators [add in the 2 names] to vote to immediately add the ERA as the 28th Amendment of our U.S. Constitution. They will be supporting women and their families on both sides of the political aisle. With the 28th Amendment, we can assure women the same security long afforded to men by our Constitution, bringing our country one step closer to liberty and justice for all.

    Sample Text 2 (from Vote Equality)

    SAMPLE (~150 words)
    Gender equality and our Constitution. 

    On January 27, 2020 the Equal Rights Amendment was fully-ratified and went from having a name to having a number: 28. Although the 2020 Department of Justice temporarily blocked the National Archivist from certifying the 28th Amendment, one administration cannot halt America’s progress toward equality forever.

    Until now, gender equality has existed as piecemeal law. Americans have not been adequately protected from discrimination by patchwork laws, a court case here, a law, a regulation there.

    Piecemeal law is insufficient. What Americans have needed all along is foundational law. With the 28th Amendment (Equal Rights) we can fix the gender equality gap in our Constitution, bringing our country one step closer to liberty and justice for all. 

    The 28th Amendment reads: 
    “Equality of rights under the law 
    shall not be denied or abridged 
    by the United States or by any 
    state on account of sex.” 

    Like bricks, simple, straight-forward amendments firm up our foundation. 97% of Americans favor Equal Rights, 78% of us support recognizing the 28th Amendment. Now that we have a new equality leadership in the U.S. Senate please join me in writing to our Senators and encouraging them to recognize the 28th Amendment in our Constitution.

    Your Name

    Former <your state> resident now living in <your country>

    Sample Text 3 (from ERA Coalition)

    Sample Letters to the Editor (please edit to “make it your own”)

    Why is now the Time?
    It has been one year since the House of Representatives passed a bill removing the deadline on ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and yet there is still no equality for women in the Constitution.  With the myriad of issues taking place in the United States today, including a global pandemic and record unemployment, women should be at the forefront of these conversations because they are often disproportionately affected, and yet they are not. It’s only due to the unflagging efforts of my [senator/representative] that women are again coming to the fore on some of these issues in 2021 by [re]introducing a bill to remove the deadline.
    Why the ERA?
    The ERA would be a powerful new tool to fight systemic inequality and address issues such as gender-based violence, pregnancy discrimination, pay inequity and so much more. [Pennsylvanians/Marylanders/etc] have always known this – in fact, our state ratified the Equal Rights Amendment in [date].
    Where we are now
    In January 2020, Virginia voted to become the 38th state to ratify the ERA. With that ratification, the ERA has now satisfied all the requirements set forth in the Constitution. The Department of Justice under the Trump Administration has taken the position that the ERA isnot valid today because of a seven-year time limit that Congress inserted in the joint resolution when it proposed the ERA back in 1972. That position is now the subject of federal litigation. In the meantime,  Congress could resolve the question by voting to change the joint resolution, removing the time limit.
    What we want [My Rep/Senator is _____________.] With bipartisan support and continued leadership from [my Rep/Senator] though, the House and Senate could both take action in this session, finally bringing the ERA to the floor for a vote, and bringing real equality to the United States of America. I’m grateful to my [Rep/Senator’s] commitment to the full equality of women and girls. Thank you, [Rep/Senator Name].
    This is the time. 2021 is the Year of the ERA.


  • published Delete-Confirmation 2021-01-17 06:05:25 -0500

    Delete-Confirmation

    This is to confirm that your membership will be deleted from Democrats Abroad within the next 48 hours.

    Should you ever wish to re-join, you can always find us on www.democratsabroad.org.


  • published Could 2021 be the Year? in Equal Rights Amendment 2021-01-17 05:24:30 -0500

    Could 2021 be the Year?

    Could 2021 be the year that women finally have equal rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution? I keep asking myself that question.   I am cautiously optimistic that this could finally be the year.   Women should have been in the Constitution since 1776.  The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in 1923.  Last January, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the amendment meaning that we had finally achieved the requirement for 2/3’s of the states to ratify it.  It should have been added immediately, but once again, it didn’t happen due mainly to politics in DC.

    So why do I think there may be a chance it could now be added?  It is all based on Biden/Harris being elected, along with Georgia electing two Democrats, thus lending Democrats a majority to enact legislation near and dear to democratic values.

    As I wrote in our October newsletter, the chances for ERA were dependent on electing pro-ERA candidates. Sadly, women’s rights have become a partisan issue with just a few Republicans supporting it. Luckily, we were successful in electing pro-ERA Democrats for the both Executive and Legislative branches.

    So, what happens now? The best-case scenario is that once we have the new Attorney General confirmed, that he or one of his deputies (all three women) tell the U.S. Archivist that the guidance given last January from the Department of Justice was wrong, and that he should immediately add the ERA as the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. There are some that believe this will happen within the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency; notwithstanding, the reluctance, based on the preamble to the amendment having a deadline in the past, is mainly disagreement among legal authorities whether the deadline is constitutional or not.

    The next best scenario is that the House and Senate quickly submit bills, like in prior sessions, that remove the deadline from the amendment. This passed in the House last year, but was never scheduled for a vote in the Senate. Now that we will be rid of Mitch McConnell as the Senate majority leader, it should pass with no problem by both houses. The only question is how quickly; both Biden and Harris have pledged to help.

    Both of these scenarios seem possible for 2021. There are court cases already in the works but once it gets added to the Constitution, that makes the cases seem less likely to be successful.

    In addition to adding the ERA to the U.S. Constitution, there are also activities taking place in several states to add rights for women to their state constitutions.

    How can you help? You can already start writing and calling your U.S. representatives about supporting the Equal Rights Amendment. Once legislature is introduced, I’ll be updating Democrats Abroad’s ERA page with the details and how to help. You can also always find info about this and other women’s issues on our Global Women’s Caucus page.

    This year we plan to expand our work to help not only at the national level but also at the state level.

    To become actively involved with our ERA team, fill out this form, or contact Shari Temple, DA ERA Team Lead:[email protected] For more information visit our blog.

     


  • published Frankfurt 2021 Chapter Elections in News 2021-01-14 09:30:39 -0500

    Frankfurt 2021 Chapter Elections

    We will be holding elections for the Frankfurt Chapter on Friday February 26.   Click here for details.


  • Muenster-Osnabrueck 2021 Chapter Elections March 6

    The Muenster-Osnabrueck 2021 chapter elections will be held on March 6.   Click here for details.


  • published Cologne Bonn 2021 Chapter Elections in News 2021-01-14 06:23:32 -0500

    Cologne Bonn 2021 Chapter Elections

    We will be electing officers for Cologne Bonn on March 2.  Click here for details.


  • published Hamburg 2021 Elections in News 2021-01-14 05:51:32 -0500

    Hamburg 2021 Elections

    Hamburg will be election chapter officers on February 28.  Click here for details.


  • published DAG Munich Chapter Elections in News 2021-01-13 07:33:55 -0500

    DAG Munich Chapter Elections

    DAG Munich Chapter will be holding local elections on Saturday February 20 at 19:00.   Click here for details.


  • published 2021 Berlin Chapter Elections in News 2021-01-10 16:13:22 -0500

    2021 Berlin Chapter Elections

    Berlin will be holding chapter elections on February 17.   Click here for details.


  • published 2021 Dusseldorf-Ruhr Elections in News 2021-01-10 16:02:24 -0500

    2021 Dusseldorf-Ruhr Elections

    The 2021 chapter office elections will be on Saturday February 27.   Click here for details.


  • published Saxony 2021 Elections in News 2021-01-09 08:55:47 -0500

    Saxony 2021 Elections

    Saxony will be holding chapter officer elections on February 7.  Click here for details.


  • published Chapter Elections on February 7 in News 2021-01-09 07:49:51 -0500

    Chapter Elections on February 7

    The Goettingen-Hannover chapter will be holding officer elections on February 7.   Click here for details.


  • published 2021 Kaiserslautern Chapter Elections in News 2021-01-08 09:53:56 -0500

    2021 Kaiserslautern Chapter Elections

    Kaiserslautern will be holding elections for chapter offices on February 27.   Click here for the details.


  • published DE Wiesbaden Mainz 2021 Election in News 2021-01-08 07:52:44 -0500

    DE Wiesbaden Mainz 2021 Elections

    DA Germany Wiesbaden Mainz 2021 Elections

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    WINNERS

    Chair:  Jesse Alama

    Vice-Chair:  Rosa Maria O'Neill Foyle

    Comms Coordinator:  Dashiel Nesbitt

    GOTV Coordinator:  Ben Foyle

    Press Coordinator:  Beverly Seebach

    ***

    Overview

    All DA Germany chapters hold elections for new officers in the first quarter of every odd-number year.

    The DA Germany Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee oversees the full process.

    You must be present to vote.  Online attendance is considered present.   Please RSVP for the meeting so we know how many people plan to attend.

    Election Rules

    The election rules are defined in the DA Germany By-Laws and the DA Germany Chapter Election Rules.  

    2021 Election Time

    Date:  Saturday, March 6

    Meeting Start Time:  15:00

    Election Start Time:  15:30

    RSVP Link:  Click Here

    Note that the RSVP confirmation will include the link for the on-line meeting.   Please be sure to save it.

    Elected Positions

    The chapter will be electing officers for the following positions:

    • Chair
    • Vice-Chair
    • Comms Coordinator
    • GOTV Coordinator
    • Press Coordinator

    Click here to read the job descriptions.

    Please note that per DA rules, the Chair and Vice-Chair must be of different gender.   Gender rules do not apply to any other positions.

    Nomination Process

    Any member of the chapter can self-nominate or be nominated by any other member of the relevant chapter of DA Germany. All nominees must have been a member of DA Germany for at least 28 days prior to the election date and also must be a member of the chapter.

    The cutoff for nominations is 14 days prior to the election.   Click here for the nomination form.

    Each nominee must confirm they are willing to serve.   They will be given an opportunity to submit a candidate statement and up to 3 endorsement letters.

    Additional nominations will be accepted on the day of the election but the nomination will require a second from another DA member of the chapter for the candidate to be added to the ballot.

    Candidates

    Here is the list of candidates.   Click on their name to pull up a pdf with their candidate statement.

    Chair Candidates:

    Jesse Alama (m)

    Vice-Chair Candidates:

    Rosa Maria O'Neill Foyle (f)

    Comms Coordinator:

    Dashiel Nesbitt

    GOTV Coordinator:

    Ben Foyle

    Press Coordinator:

    NONE

     

    Questions

    If you have any questions, you can send to the Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee at [email protected] 


  • published DE Stuttgart 2021 Election in News 2021-01-08 07:52:07 -0500

    DE Stuttgart 2021 Election

    DA Germany Stuttgart 2021 Elections

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    WINNERS

    Chair: Sasha Arrington

    Vice-Chair: Wy Ming Lin

    ***

    Overview

    All DA Germany chapters hold elections for new officers in the first quarter of every odd-number year.

    The DA Germany Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee oversees the full process.

    You must be present to vote.  Online attendance is considered present.   Please RSVP for the meeting so we know how many people plan to attend.

    Election Rules

    The election rules are defined in the DA Germany By-Laws and the DA Germany Chapter Election Rules.  

    2021 Election Time

    Date:  Friday March 12

    Meeting Start Time:  19:00

    Election Start Time:  19:30

    RSVP Link:  Click Here

    Note that the RSVP confirmation will include the link for the online meeting.   Please be sure to save it.

    Elected Positions

    The chapter will be electing officers for the following positions:

    • Chair
    • Vice-Chair

    Click here to read the job descriptions.

    Please note that per DA rules, the Chair and Vice-Chair must be of different gender.   Gender rules do not apply to any other positions.

    Nomination Process

    Any member of the chapter can self-nominate or be nominated by any other member of the relevant chapter of DA Germany. All nominees must have been a member of DA Germany for at least 28 days prior to the election date and also must be a member of the chapter.

    The cutoff for nominations is 14 days prior to the election.   Click here for the nomination form.

    Each nominee must confirm they are willing to serve.   They will be given an opportunity to submit a candidate statement and up to 3 endorsement letters.

    Additional nominations will be accepted on the day of the election but the nomination will require a second from another DA member of the chapter for the candidate to be added to the ballot.

    Candidates

    Here is the list of candidates.   Click on their name to pull up a pdf with their candidate statement.

    Chair Candidates:

    Sasha Arrington

    Vice-Chair Candidates:

    Wy Ming Lin

    Questions

    If you have any questions, you can send to the Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee at [email protected] 

     


  • published DE Saxony 2021 Election in News 2021-01-08 07:50:35 -0500

    DE Saxony 2021 Election

    DA Germany Saxony 2021 Elections

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    WINNERS

    Chair:  Kaitlyn Kennedy

    Vice-Chair:  Antar Keith

    Secretary:  Colleen Allen-Funk

    Treasurer:  Anika Kreckel

    Comms Coordinator:  Kevin Lyle

    Events Coordinator: VACANT

    GOTV Coordinator:  Stephanie Lake

    Press Coordinator:  Anya Leonhard

    ***

    Overview

    All DA Germany chapters hold elections for new officers in the first quarter of every odd-number year.

    The DA Germany Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee oversees the full process.

    You must be present to vote.  Online attendance is considered present.   Please RSVP for the meeting so we know how many people plan to attend.

    Election Rules

    The election rules are defined in the DA Germany By-Laws and the DA Germany Chapter Election Rules.  

    2021 Election Time

    Date:  Sunday February 7

    Meeting Start Time:  14:00

    Election Start Time:  14:30

    RSVP Link:  Click Here

    Note that the RSVP confirmation will include the link for the on-line meeting.   Please be sure to save it.

    Elected Positions

    The chapter will be electing officers for the following positions:

    • Chair
    • Vice-Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Comms Coordinator
    • Events Coordinator
    • GOTV Coordinator
    • Press Coordinator

    Click here to read the job descriptions.

    Please note that per DA rules, the Chair and Vice-Chair must be of different gender.   Gender rules do not apply to any other positions.

    Nomination Process

    Any member of the chapter can self-nominate or be nominated by any other member of the relevant chapter of DA Germany. All nominees must have been a member of DA Germany for at least 28 days prior to the election date and also must be a member of the chapter.

    The cutoff for nominations is 14 days prior to the election.   Click here for the nomination form.

    Each nominee must confirm they are willing to serve.   They will be given an opportunity to submit a candidate statement and up to 3 endorsement letters.

    Additional nominations will be accepted on the day of the election but the nomination will require a second from another DA member of the chapter for the candidate to be added to the ballot.

    Candidates

    Here is the list of candidates.   Click on their name to pull up a pdf with their candidate statement.

    Chair:

    Kaitlyn Kennedy

    Vice-Chair:

    Antar Keith

    Anika Kreckel

    Secretary:

    Colleen Allen-Funk

    Chelsea Burris

    Treasurer:

    Anika Kreckel

    Comms Coordinator:

    Kevin Lyle

    Events Coordinator:

    Anya Leonhard

    GOTV Coordinator:

    Anika Kreckel

    Stephanie Lake

    Press Coordinator:

    Anya Leonhard

     

    Questions

    If you have any questions, you can send to the Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee at [email protected] 


  • published DE NCB 2021 Election in News 2021-01-08 07:49:59 -0500

    DE NCB 2021 Election

    DA Germany North and Central Bavaria 2021 Elections

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    WINNERS

    Chair:  Wayne Lempke

    Vice-Chair:  Sarah Mulloy

    Secretary:  Cliff Stuehmer

    Treasurer:  Tim Ortez

    ***

    Overview

    All DA Germany chapters hold elections for new officers in the first quarter of every odd-number year.

    The DA Germany Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee oversees the full process.

    You must be present to vote.  Online attendance is considered present.   Please RSVP for the meeting so we know how many people plan to attend.

    Election Rules

    The election rules are defined in the DA Germany By-Laws and the DA Germany Chapter Election Rules.  

    2021 Election Time

    Date:  Friday, March 5

    Meeting Start Time:  19:00

    Election Start Time:  19:30

    RSVP:  Click Here

    Note that the RSVP confirmation will include the link for the on-line meeting.   Please be sure to save it.

    Elected Positions

    The chapter will be electing officers for the following positions:

    • Chair
    • Vice-Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer

    Click here to read the job descriptions.

    Please note that per DA rules, the Chair and Vice-Chair must be of different gender.   Gender rules do not apply to any other positions.

    Nomination Process

    Any member of the chapter can self-nominate or be nominated by any other member of the relevant chapter of DA Germany. All nominees must have been a member of DA Germany for at least 28 days prior to the election date and also must be a member of the chapter.

    The cutoff for nominations is 14 days prior to the election.   Click here for the nomination form.

    Each nominee must confirm they are willing to serve.   They will be given an opportunity to submit a candidate statement and up to 3 endorsement letters.

    Additional nominations will be accepted on the day of the election but the nomination will require a second from another DA member of the chapter for the candidate to be added to the ballot.

    Candidates

    Here is the list of candidates.   Click on their name to pull up a pdf with their candidate statement.

    Chair Candidates:

    Wayne Lempke (m)

    Vice-Chair Candidates:

    Sarah Mulloy (f)

    Secretary Candidates:

    Cliff Stuehmer

    Treasurer Candidates:

    Tim Ortez

    Questions

    If you have any questions, you can send to the Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee at [email protected] 


  • published DE Munich 2021 Election in News 2021-01-08 07:49:14 -0500

    DE Munich 2021 Election

    DA Germany Munich 2021 Elections

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    WINNERS

    Chair: Karena Detweiler

    Vice-Chair:  Jonah Otto

    Secretary: Dawn Heuff

    GOTV Coordinator:  Geeta Abad

    Press Coordinator:  Sarah Carr

    ***

    Overview

    All DA Germany chapters hold elections for new officers in the first quarter of every odd-number year.

    The DA Germany Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee oversees the full process.

    You must be present to vote.  Online attendance is considered present.   Please RSVP for the meeting so we know how many people plan to attend.

    Election Rules

    The election rules are defined in the DA Germany By-Laws and the DA Germany Chapter Election Rules.  

    2021 Election Time

    Date:  Saturday, February 20th

    Meeting Start Time:  19:00

    Election Start Time:  19:30

    RSVP Link:  Click Here

    Note that the RSVP confirmation will include the link for the on-line meeting.   Please be sure to save it.

    Elected Positions

    The chapter will be electing officers for the following positions:

    • Chair
    • Vice Chair
    • Secretary
    • GOTV Coordinator
    • Press Coordinator

    Click here to read the job descriptions.

    Please note that per DA rules, the Chair and Vice-Chair must be of different gender.   Gender rules do not apply to any other positions.

    Nomination Process

    Any member of the chapter can self-nominate or be nominated by any other member of the relevant chapter of DA Germany. All nominees must have been a member of DA Germany for at least 28 days prior to the election date and also must be a member of the chapter.

    The cutoff for nominations is 14 days prior to the election.   Click here for the nomination form.

    Each nominee must confirm they are willing to serve.   They will be given an opportunity to submit a candidate statement and up to 3 endorsement letters.

    Additional nominations will be accepted on the day of the election but the nomination will require a second from another DA member of the chapter for the candidate to be added to the ballot.

    Candidates

    Here is the list of candidates.   Click on their name to pull up a pdf with their candidate statement.

    Chair Candidates:

    Emily Froemel

    Karena Detweiler

    Vice-Chair Candidates:

    Jonah Otto

    Julian Tresowski

    Secretary Candidates:

    None

    GOTV Coordinator Candidates:

    Geeta Abad

    Press Coordinator Candidates:

    Sarah Carr

    Questions

    If you have any questions, you can send to the Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee at [email protected] 


  • published DE Muenster Osnabrueck 2021 Election in News 2021-01-08 07:45:54 -0500

    DE Muenster Osnabrueck 2021 Election

    DA Germany Muenster Osnabrueck 2021 Elections

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    WINNERS

    Chair: Katie Bathgate

    ***

    Overview

    All DA Germany chapters hold elections for new officers in the first quarter of every odd-number year.

    The DA Germany Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee oversees the full process.

    You must be present to vote.  Online attendance is considered present.   Please RSVP for the meeting so we know how many people plan to attend.

    Election Rules

    The election rules are defined in the DA Germany By-Laws and the DA Germany Chapter Election Rules.  

    2021 Election Time

    Date:  Saturday, March 6

    Meeting Start Time:  13:00

    Election Start Time:  13:30

    RSVP Link:  Click Here

    Note that the RSVP confirmation will include the link for the on-line meeting.   Please be sure to save it.

    Elected Positions

    The chapter will be electing officers for the following positions:

    • Chair

    Click here to read the job descriptions.

    Nomination Process

    Any member of the chapter can self-nominate or be nominated by any other member of the relevant chapter of DA Germany. All nominees must have been a member of DA Germany for at least 28 days prior to the election date and also must be a member of the chapter.

    The cutoff for nominations is 14 days prior to the election.   Click here for the nomination form.

    Each nominee must confirm they are willing to serve.   They will be given an opportunity to submit a candidate statement and up to 3 endorsement letters.

    Additional nominations will be accepted on the day of the election but the nomination will require a second from another DA member of the chapter for the candidate to be added to the ballot.

    Candidates

    Here is the list of candidates.   Click on their name to pull up a pdf with their candidate statement.

    Chair Candidates:

    Katie Bathgate

    Questions

    If you have any questions, you can send to the Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee at [email protected]