Leaders of a new Democratic political group for U.S. expats, fresh from their election held this week, have settled on a beer garden inside La Bocha Argentinian restaurant for a party to introduce themselves to those interested in the Democratic party and to celebrate U.S. Independence Day. The gathering is set for Tuesday, July 4, 7 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is located on at Avenida Guadalupe 1144, Colonia Chapalita, Guadalajara.
The official announcement of the results of the Democrats Abroad Guadalajara chapter board election, held by e-mail June 27-30, will be announced on July 2. Incoming board members say they want to take advantage of the holiday to meet anyone in Guadalajara who is interested in the Democratic party, not only those who have officially signed up as DA members.
“It will be the informal launch of the chapter and a chance for folks to get to know the new board, and vice versa,” said Jude Wallesen, candidate for chapter vice chair. Wallesen has been living and working in Guadalajara more than 15 years.
Will Chapman, candidate for chapter chair, has been living in Guadalajara only about a year, but is eager to use his organizational skills in the profit and nonprofit sectors to help launch the chapter.
One of the candidates for DA member-at-large, Hector Vidal Dueñas Peña, noting he was born in Mexico and legally emigrated to the United States, where he became a citizen in 2014, said he hopes to use his academic and business experience to promote human rights, among other goals.
Cam Esser, candidate for DA secretary, said she’s glad to have another local organization for expat Americans and urged everyone to attend the July 4 party, whether they are actively involved in the Democratic party, simply interested in it, or a friend of someone who is.