Know how to contact decision makers

Goal: You and your district will develop specific recommendations and/or official
positions on issues that will be decided by others at the local, state and federal levels.



Plan for ongoing communi

  • Make sure you have phone numbers, addresses and email addresses for your state senators and representativesState Board members and the Governor and members of Congress.

  • Ask your elected officials how they prefer to be contacted: by phone, mail or email, and ask the best way to reach them for urgent information before voting.

  • Provide your phone, cell phone and email address; sign up for email newsletters; and encourage them to contact you, especially before voting on key education issues.


Determine the best way to contact your elected representatives.

  • Phone calls or texts are the fastest means of contact, but you may not get through when officials are in session. Ask for their cell phone number.

  • Letters provide written documentation of your positions and facts as a reference, but mailing is the slowest communication.

  • Email is fast and provides a record, but may not be opened in time or at all.

  • The best solution is a mix of all of them.



For all forms of communication.

  • State your position (what you want them to do).

  • Support your position (why you want them to do it and why they should support it).

  • Offer to provide more information or alternatives, if any.

  • Thank them for listening and encourage further communication.
  • Use CASB’s agenda planning document.



Contact after action or vote.

  • When elected officials vote as you want, thank them personally and publicly.

  • When officials do not vote as you want, politely express disappointment and urge reconsideration if the issue comes back.