The Right Questions to Ask
For information on donors, past speeches, and public statements from any politician in your district, go to the nonpartisan website votesmart.org and search by ZIP code. But if you get a chance to quiz a local candidate in person―say, at a community meeting or at your bus stop when he’s handing out flyers―try these ideas.
What to Ask
- What do you consider to be the number one issue affecting our community?
- What will you do to address it?
- What will your goals be if you’re elected?
- What steps will you take to ensure you meet your goals?
- How do you feel about (issue X)?
- During your last campaign, you were a big supporter of (issue X), but you cut funding in this area. Why?
- How will you bridge the partisan gap and work across party lines?