The most effective
means of contact generally are in this order: personal office visit; letter
mail; telephone call; email. But any of those choices are better than not
making contact at all.
officials know when you agree with them, not just when you disagree. Thank them when they've done something
Be brief and to the
point; discuss only one issue, and include a bill or ordinance reference if
your opinions or ideas.
Use your own words
to express your opinion—they are more effective than form letters
address and signature
Be courteous and
Make contact early,
before a bill or other action has been introduced, or if you have ideas
about an issue you would like to see incorporated in legislation
Contact the chair
and members of a committee holding hearings on legislation in which you are
Attend the hearings and voice your views. Respect any time limits.
While you have more
influence with the representative from your own district, you are not
precluded from contacting representatives from other districts
government official individually; it’s courteous and more effective
citizen advisory committees.
contacting them—your opinion is not an imposition, and your representative
is elected in part to hear your views
Begin on the
righteous note of “as a citizen and taxpayer” or similar verbiage.
Be rude or