Meet the leaders of the newly established Association of Secular Elected Officials (ASEO), and find out how you can make a difference. Whether it’s running for office, engaging with candidates and elected officials, or getting active in party politics, you can support the mission of ASEO and help grow the network of secular elected officials and the constituents supporting them.
At the beginning of 2016, there were only 10 legislators known to be publicly nontheist. Thanks to the efforts of the Center for Freethought Equality, the political and advocacy arm of the American Humanist Association, we have identified over 80 legislators at the federal, state and local level who identify with our community.
But demographics are not destiny—despite the fact that 26% of Americans are religiously unaffiliated Americans, we continue to be severely underrepresented in public office. We must increase our representation to eliminate the stigma of being openly nontheist and make sure we have a seat at the table to impact policy and voice our concerns.
Wednesday, October 27, 6:30-8pm ET. We’ll be streaming this talk on Zoom and Facebook Live — learn more about Zoom and sign up for free here.
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Leonard Presberg, Founder and President
Leonard has been a member of the Fayette County School Board since December 2011 and is a former Chair of the Fayette Democratic Committee. He graduated with a BA from Oberlin College and a JD, magna cum laude, from University of Richmond. He is a former preschool teacher and currently serves as the CFO for Women’s Medical Center. Leonard has served as a coach and volunteer in various non profits. Currently, Leonard serves on the Boards of the Red Clay Storytelling Festival and Fayette Votes.
Danny Choriki, Treasurer
Born and raised in Montana, Danny Choriki moved to New York City in his twenties to figure out how people cope with rapid social and technical changes and how to encourage humans to pay more attention to long-term dangers such as climate change. An environmental social scientist, Danny has been a humanist all of his life and a non-theist since high school. He has also been involved in politics and culture, and social change all of his life. He is currently a member of the Billings City Council in Montana, has been the President of the Billings Association of Humanists since 2013, and has worked to advance public policy driven by science and data.
Sherry Dutzy, Board Member
Sherry earned her BA in Sociology & Social Welfare at California State University – Long Beach and has a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University. She worked in the field for 8 years before earning an MBA at Northeastern. In semi-retirement, Sherry wanted to give back to her community and was appointed to the Nashua Conservation Commission which she now chairs. After the 2016 Presidential debacle, Sherry ran and won a seat in her ward as Selectmen, which is actually an elected poll worker. In 2018, she ran and won her seat as a State Representative. Sherry is now serving her 2nd term in the NH House representing Hillsborough 30, Nashua Ward 3. A firm believer that “democracy is not a spectator sport,” she works to increase civic engagement and build closer relationships between constituents and their representatives. In the legislature, she has supported increased funding for public education, increasing the minimum wage, reducing drug prices, and supporting reproductive rights. As a member of the Environment and Agriculture Committee, she works on solid waste management issues, animal protection, and farming and conservation practices. Sherry is a passionate supporter of democracy and is an advocate of transparency and responsive government that fully answers to its constituents.