The "Who" Luck

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, March 5, 2015
You know you want to get involved, but you’re still not sure you know how to engage a public official? [caption id="attachment_1680" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Representative Dan Hamilton and Mayor Knox White at a Chamber event. Photo provided by SSD Media"][/caption] The good news is that they’re walking amongst you every day:  your city council, county council, state representatives, and evenyour congressmen. They’re buying groceries, strolling through the park, reading the paper at a coffee shop (does that date me?), or killing time between youth soccer or SAIL events. You saw them. You may have said hello. Did you make the most of your chance? The chance encounter in the grocery store isn’t the best time to pester an official with your problem. You don’t want to stop them when they’re out to dinner on Valentine’s Day with their spouse. Remember: They’re people just like you, so they enjoy their privacy. But you can say hello in the grocery store or the Saturday farmer’s market. Tell them you’re a constituent. Thank them for their service. Ask if you could get a coffee with them sometime. They’ll probably say yes. Then walk away. That’s making the most of your chance. Now you have the beginnings of a relationship. Now you’re on your way to influencing public policy. That wasn’t too hard, was it?

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