Reach out to Legislators

Lobbying to win the support of legislators is part of our great democratic tradition. Smart legislative advocates know which lawmakers are most important. They also know the names of those who are in a position to influence the legislator. The most important person to any elected official is a voting constituent. Other influential people are: campaign donors, civic and business leaders, editors of local media, friends or family member and others whom they know and trust.

To be effective, library advocates must present themselves as credible, knowledgeable and articulate. They must have a working knowledge of the political process and their role in it.

Whether you do it in person, by phone, e-mail or letter, communication is the key to building good relationships with your legislators—not just when library funding comes up for a vote, but on a regular basis. But don’t wait for a crisis.

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