For many of us, our interaction with our public officials ends when we submit our ballot; however engaging in our community leaders’ decisions should not stop there. Public officials are in place to represent our best interests. As their constituents, we should take the time to learn more about them. What are her goals? What is his voting record? What is on the agenda at the next public meeting?
Before you send an email or make a phone call to share your opinion, remember that public officials were put in place because of their own values and decision-making strategies. Understand from where your representative is coming, and learn more about the issues they care about. Once you have that knowledge, you will be in a much better position to share how your interests may align with their goals and the goals of your community.
Here are links to find your public officials:
The Ohio Senate
Cuyahoga County Council Districts
Cuyahoga County Executive
Cuyahoga Mayors and Managers
Cleveland City Council
In addition, each city typically has its own website with local contact information. Visit a list of cities in Ohio with links to their official websites.
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