Community members invested in and passionate about issues related to victims of interpersonal crime have an opportunity to use their voice to assist efforts addressing these issues. Supporters can participate and advocate in a variety ways and a variety of forums, from attending a community awareness event to meeting with legislators. Your voice matters!
How to Talk to Local Leaders
Talking to a policy makers can feel daunting, even intimidating. However, being prepared and following these tips will make it a lot easier.
When speaking to elected officials, remember they were ELECTED and hope to be elected again. They have a responsibility to their constituents minimally to listen. Listening and really hearing are two different things; this is where your approach can make all the difference.
Public officials are very busy people. Their time is precious. Their ability to absorb information is limited by the innumerable constituents and special interests also meeting with them about a cause or complaint. The goal is to make an impression and inspire them to care about your issue within a short amount of time.
Be friendly, calm, confident, relaxed. Ultimately, be yourself. You have a right to be there.
If possible, do a little research about the public official with whom you’re meeting. Find out what they care about. With the internet, this can be relatively easy.
Have a few statistics memorized. You don’t need lots of facts and figures; too many will decrease the impact. They are accustomed to getting statistics.
Can the issue be made personal to them? Anonymous (or consented) stories of their constituents bring the issue home to their district. Tell a story about you connected to the issue. Make the issue real. Engaging a person’s emotionality about an issue often engages that person.
Be specific about what you want, what they can do, and how their support will make a difference in their district. They don’t have time for lots of justifications – tell them what you want and why its important, why they should care. Ask them to support specific legislation.
Use the “Buddy System”. Meeting with public officials or community leaders with a friend, colleague, or fellow advocate can relieve pressure. Access your resources; ask an agency representative to join you.
Leave the encounter on a positive note. Thank them for their time. Assume you will see this person again.
Send a follow-up communication, like a thank you card, to the person.
Bottom Line: Be respectful; Be yourself; Bring a friend; Be prepared with a few statistics and stories; Be specific; Be clear in your request; Remember to say “Thank You”
Most important - don’t be afraid!
They want to talk to you.
City of Flagstaff Mayor and Councilmembers
For more information about your Mayor and Councilmembers or to contact individually, click here
Coconino County Board of Supervisors
Roles & Responsibilities The board consists of five members elected by district to four-year terms. The board establishes administrative policy and direction for the county and has budgetary oversight over all county departmental budgets to ensure county revenues are expended within established guidelines. The duties, responsibilities and authority of the Board of Supervisors are expressly provided in the Constitution and/or laws of the state. Click Here, for the Board of Supervisors.
Our State Representatives at the Arizona Capital:
Senator Steve Pierce, District 1, Republican, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rm. 301, 907.926.5584
Representative Jennifer D. Benally, District 7, Democrat, email@example.com
Rm. 121, 607.926.3079
Representative Albert Hale, District 7, Democrat, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rm. 323, 602.926.4323
Representative Brenda Barton, District 6, Republican, email@example.com
Rm. 114, 602.926.4129
Representative Bob Thorpe, District 6, Republic, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rm. 130, 602.926.5219
To find a State Representative: http://www.azleg.gov/alisstaticpages/howtocontactmember.asp
State and Local Advocacy Organizations
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV)
Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCC&Y)
Arizona Child and Family Advocacy Network (ACFAN)