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is now time to make use of the information you have
gathered. Elected officials are normal people and can
not be expected to have all the answers. They depend on
their constituents to keep them informed. Today most of
their information comes from paid lobbyist. You must
change this situation. They will look more favorably on
a friend than someone paid to influence their vote.
down and write a letter to each of the top 3 elected
officials in your district. Your letter should be hand
written, no more than one page and cover only one
subject. Pick any current subject in which you are
interested. Identify yourself, explain how you feet
about the issue and why. Ask how they see the issue and
ask for a response. Example:
I am an avid motorcyclist but both my spouse and I drive
automobiles. I am quite disturbed by the current push
for No-fault insurance in Texas. Everything I have been
able to learn about this subject is negative. It appears
to me, that drivers with good driving records and
especially those who ride motorcycles would be unfairly
treated under such a plan. Hawaii and Canada have both
repealed their No-fault as being too costly.
I would like to know how you feel on this issue and how you would vote on the issue should it come before you in the next session. If you support No-fault I would like to know your reason for doing so. I await your reply.
(VRN is voter registration #)
Since our interests are primarily motorcycle related it would be good to list any MC Club or Rights Organization to which you belong. This will establish your standing for the future.
Each official should receive at least one letter per month. Comment on quotes they have made to the media or action taken on a specific issue. Watch for announced meetings the officials will attend and be there. Introduce yourself at the first meeting and make it a point to be certain they are aware of your presence at all future meetings. Don't miss an opportunity to praise any official when they have performed well. The best way to do this is thru the Letters to The Editor section of your local newspaper. These papers are read by the official or his staff each morning.
have now established yourself as a person who is
knowledgeable, active in the political arena and a
registered voter and are therefore seen as a constituent
who deserves consideration. Officials are visited by
paid lobbyists on a daily basis. They realize these
people are not really interested in a piece of
legislation except in how it affects their salary. It is
refreshing to have someone who really cares about an
issue to share information with them. Remember these are
plain men and women, just like you. For the most part,
they ran for office to make a difference. Having arrived
in the capitol they came to realize things are not
always as they seem. Change doesn’t come easy when the
status quo has been established for years. That is why
we need more of us up there.
lie to an official to make your case seem more solid.
They have heard them all and you will only brand
yourself as a phony. Don't offer a compromise you are
not certain your Association will honor. Let the
official realize you will always be above board on any
issue. Treat each official with whom you come in contact
with honesty and integrity as if dealing with a friend
and you might just find you are. Always address only one
issue per letter or visit unless requested to do
have now established rapport with those elected
officials in your District. They know you as an honest,
caring person, interested in your community and
registered to vote. You have taken Step 2 and passed
with flying colors. Your new political future is moving
closer to reality and all you had to do was take one
more step. Pretty simple trip so far isn’t it?
NOW move your left foot back in Front and let's take Step 3.
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