I just completed a telephone conversation with a reader referred to me by your office. The individual, as resident in San Ramon, wanted to know my thoughts on evaluating political candidates. As we talked, we developed agreement on several areas of evaluation:
1. Credentials as education, professional experience and certifications in public policy, public law and government budgeting was the primary concern in our conversation because voters must have justification of their choice based on core capabilities.
2. Government experience and track record was the second area of evalidation of candidates and is used to find in-common values with voters from history in government service or office.
3. Relationships became our critical definition of who a candidate will serve once in office and the background of those supporters and endorsements are considered equal to the candidate’s own resume.
4. Money becomes the most telling definition of a candidate because campaign money determines who the candidates owes if they are elected.
It seems your reader is looking for EMCEB publications and websites to profile candidates for all levels of office in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties based on these developed evaluations. In the final moments of our conversation, your reader was wondering if the abrasive commentary of town square forums could be set aside for contributions of how candidates’ supporters see their candidates measured under these evaluation criteria.
It seems there is some interest beyond tabloid commentary to have the value of each candidate be a topic of the town square forums.
Thanks for the referral!