|Dear Democrats Abroad,
It is time for our bi-annual election of international Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) officers. Note that these are global positions, not at the country level. The Elections Committee is pleased to be calling for nominations of candidates for the following positions:
Each international officer is to serve a term of two years, and none may serve for more than two consecutive terms in the same office. The Chair and Vice Chair must be of opposite sex and from different Country Committees, and no more than two of the officers may be from the same Country Committee at the time of the election. The International Counsel must be a qualified legal practitioner. As called for in the DPCA Charter, the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) is required to forward to the International Chair and other members of the DPCA, in writing (electronic submissions accepted), names of the qualifying individuals nominated by the Elections Committee, at least forty-five (45) days in advance (March 29, 2017) of the scheduled election meeting of the DPCA (May 13, 2017; Arlington, Virginia).
Nominations for office may also be made from the floor at the election meeting.
The newly elected officers assume their duties after the election, at the Arlington, Virginia, meeting.
Please submit nominations in writing (electronic mail accepted) with the name, resident country, and office(s) no later than 9:00 a.m., EST, March 19, 2017, to the Nominations and Elections Committee at nominations@democratsabroad.
The 2017 Nominations and Elections Committee is comprised of Ruth South McCreery (Japan) as chair along with Shari Temple (Germany), Adrianne George (UK), and Meredith Wheeler (France).
At present, the international officers are:
Chair – Katie Solon (Germany)
Vice-Chair – Art Schankler (Serbia)*
Secretary – Julia Bryan (Czech Republic)*
Treasurer – Tom Schmidt (Japan)*
Counsel – Orlando Vidal (United Arab Emirates)
*Asterisks indicate officers who are in their first term and are eligible to run again.
Each nomination should contain an affirmation that the nominee is qualified to run for the office in question. That requires a confirmation of the following requirements:
(1) the nominee must be a U.S. citizen (copy of passport will be required);
(2) the nominee must be living abroad;
(3) the nominee must adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States;
(4) the nominee must be a member of Democrats Abroad.
Each nominee will be asked to complete a questionnaire to provide a detailed candidate profile that will be available on the DA website.
Please direct any questions to nominations@democratsabroad.
Respectfully submitted, on behalf of the DPCA Nominations and Elections Committee (2017),
Ruth South McCreery (Chair)
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