Direct communication with elected officials, whether they are active at the municipal, township, county, state or federal level, is one of the most important and effective means of advocacy in a democratic society. Unless you reach out to the people who represent you, they are not likely to know of -- or understand -- your concerns.
The best way to approach communication with an elected official is to:
-Have a clear purpose: Do you seek a specific change? Do you need them to support a bill? You can only be effective if you KNOW what you want.
-Be direct and clear. Don't talk around your point, ramble or provide unnecessary information.
-Do your homework, and have research that supports your point of view.
-Prepare your message, and keep it brief. If meeting with an official directly, you might prepare materials to leave behind for the official and his or her staff.
-Find out the best way to reach them. -Be respectful of them and their staff.
For a complete list of elected officials specific to Montgomery County, please visit the Montgomery County website at http://www.mcohio.org/ and click on the "Government" tab.