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Meet Candidates When They Are Running for Office

TIP: Members of Congress have begun preparing for their re-election campaigns for November 2012. There will also be numerous state and local election campaigns. The campaign season is a great time to talk with your Members of Congress and other candidates about the importance of language education. One way to make this connection is to attend a campaign event or a town hall meeting. If given the opportunity, ask a question specifically about language learning. This will let the representative know that language education is important to constituents in their district. After the meeting, introduce yourself to the Member of Congress or his or her staff and later that week follow up with an e-mail message or a handwritten note. Another way to make a connection is to volunteer for a campaign. Establishing a connection to the campaign will prove to be helpful in your advocacy efforts going forward.