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Tell Us About Your Community!
One of the our principal goals is for communities across the country to be represented by their peers. In order for us to run candidates that both reflect and appeal to the voters in their congressional districts, it’s critical that we have an informed understanding of realities on the ground. A candidate that would be amazing for a rural district in Michigan, for example, might not be the best fit for a suburban district near Phoenix. So we’re coming directly to the source for our intel. Help us understand what your community looks like, who lives in it, and what they care about. Paint us a picture that would put a Google search to shame. Thank you in advance for this and all of your efforts!
What congressional district are you going to tell us about? (State and CD# please!)
Please keep in mind that most big cities are split up into separate congressional districts. You can look up your congressional district at
. We also welcome you to submit additional forms for each congressional district you have lived in recently or know intimately!
What is the make up of your community in terms of age, gender and race?
We can look up percentages, don’t worry about that - tell us about your on-the-ground experience! Also let us know if there are particular things we should know about how different communities interact - e.g. if you live in a district that is particularly segregated between different groups.
What makes your community unique?
Are there any industries that have a major influence on your community?
I.e. High tech, farming, one main factory that would devastate the community if it closed, etc.
How would you describe the general political climate?
What does this question really mean? Give us the dish. Your response could range anywhere from “Well it’s a wealthy, economically conservative district but fairly open-minded on social issues,” to “We’re hippies, run the most lefty person you got!"
How supportive is your community of the LGBTQIA community?
It's okay to be bluntly honest and/or present a view point that you personally disagree with.
Does your community take initiative to combat the environmental issues that we face?
Again, it's okay to be bluntly honest and/or present a view point that you personally disagree with.
Was your community particularly hurt during the recession? If so, what hurt it the most?
E.g. "a lot of people lost their houses" or "a lot of people lost jobs because the local factory that employed everyone in town shut down"
Is religion a major influencer in your district?
And if so, which religion or religions? Do the different religions get along? Is there a particular sect of a religion that has a lot of influence?
Are there any must-dos for a politician running in your district?
E.g. anyone running here really needs to get union endorsements to have any shot at all of winning
How do people in your district feel about your congressional representative? Is he/she viewed as a fighter for the people?
We can look at congressional scorecards and funding sources online -- we want to hear the anecdotal pieces. Were there big decision points where your representative bucked the party and stood up for the people? Or the opposite?
Is there a local issue that really gets locals fired up?
Anything else you'd like to share?
Whew! You did it!
Can you help us further by forwarding this link to 5 people, including one person who voted differently from you in the most recent election? We need all perspectives to help bring our country together (even the ones that disagree with our platform!)
We also welcome you to resubmit this form about another district that you know intimately.
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