Two groups with whom I’m working have issued candidate questionnaires, one on Huntington’s Disease and the other on epilepsy. Our goal is to have as many candidates as possible complete and return the questionnaire to us.
And many of them do. “I am proud and happy to commit to my answers on your survey below,” responded candidate John Willoughby (HI-02). “Please be sure to keep me posted on issues and breakthroughs associated with your efforts to battle and eradicate this terrible disease.”
Advocates are a key part of the campaign. They can help by contacting local candidates and urging them to return the questionnaire. Both the HDSA and Epilepsy Foundation have created online action centers where advocates can easily send emails to candidates in their area.
Candidate questionnaires are great because they keep advocates engaged during election season when little is happening in Washington, DC. They also educate and build support for your cause. That’s because candidates are far more accessible on the campaign trail than in the capital.
For example, Jim Rademacher has been pressing a diabetes issue with the Illinois state legislature. Last week, he was invited to an event attended by the Governor, President of the state Senate and Democratic US Senate candidate. You just can’t get that kind of access when the legislature’s in session.
Best of all, many of the candidates who return the questionnaire will be elected to Congress. So when the new Congress convenes in 2011, the Epilepsy Foundation and HDSA will have educated, and supportive, newly-elected members to work with.
Of course, there are other ways to make your voice heard during the elections. But a candidate questionnaire is fast, effective and provides a great way to maintain energy during an important time on the calendar.
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