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San Miguel Dems Abroad Names New Board

By Marilyn Peterson

The San Miguel de Allende chapter of Democrats Abroad has elected a new leadership slate headed by Executive Committee chair Mark Bilker and vice chair Barbara Erickson. Other newly elected board officers include Laura Kuykendall, secretary, and Mike Lambert, treasurer. Filling out the new slate are members-at-large Lea Rege, Suzanne Goldstein, and Marilyn Peterson.

Democrats Abroad, for those who may be unfamiliar with the organization, is the official “51st State” arm of the Democratic National Committee. The organization boasts chapters in 49 country communities throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Members live in more than 190 countries and vote in every state and Congressional district in the US.

The organization is particularly active during election years when, in addition to providing general voting information, it also seeks to register US citizens unable to vote in person in their home districts.

Democrats Abroad throughout the world, including here in San Miguel, has long had as its primary mission the dissemination of information regarding voting rights and voting opportunities available to US citizens who, for whatever reason, are unable to register and/or vote in their home district.

With the election of a new Executive Committee the San Miguel chapter will, in addition to continuing its traditional voter outreach programs, expand its focus to include Mexican-American voter outreach, the development of a speakers program, active participation in several of the recently formed San Miguel organizations including the Women’s March, the new, not yet formally named organization seeking to assist “forced” immigrants returning to their native country, and an expanded information exchange with its membership and the San Miguel community.

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