START LOCAL, KEEP IT SIMPLE – BE HEARD BY YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

By Max Rohr, manager, REHAU Academy

 

In an ever-changing political climate, constituents often feel powerless. Dain Hansen, senior vice president of government relations at IAPMO offers advice about getting involved and being heard by elected officials.

Dain Hansen

 

Hansen advises to reach out to locally elected officials first. Send letters, make calls and even schedule meetings. Contrary to what many people might believe, elected officials want to set aside time to speak with constituents.

 

It is important to contact the specific staff member that is most relevant to your issue. This will likely increase your chances of getting a response or meeting. Once you get a meeting, Hansen stresses the importance of presenting your information in very basic, concise terms.

 

For more on Hansen’s experiences and tips for talking with your local legislator, download the entire podcast here.