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2018 Elections: Town Halls and Candidate Forums

Changing the Conversation


You can help shape what the elections in your Congressional district look like: ask questions at candidate forums, or even host a forum yourself!

Constantly breaking news can distract people running for Congress away from what matters--the laws they will make and positions they will take while in office. So how do we make sure they are answering the most important questions? Ask them ourselves!

During the elections, Candidates and Congresspeople seeking reelection are traveling around their districts making the case for their candidacy, and making regular public statements. Candidate forums and town halls are your opportunity to change the conversation.

June 11 Conference Call: Staying Engaged and Relevant Through the Mid-Term Elections 

Join FCNL's Christine Ashley and Kate Gould to learn about how to use Questions for Candidates to the best of your ability and ask questions about taking action during the Midterm Elections.

The Questions

FCNL has written a series of Questions for Candidates that every member of Congress should have an answer to. Choose one that you think candidates in your district need to answer.

Background Questions for Candidates 

Ask your candidates for Congress about how they plan to act for peace and justice.

The Forums

The Town Hall Project is the easiest way to find out about upcoming Town Halls and candidate events in your area. You can also sign up for campaign updates from candidates in your district, which is the best way to find out about events in your area.

Want to invite a candidate to speak with your Meeting or Church, and ask them all of these questions? You can host a candidate forum as long as you extend the invitation to all candidates for a position (though they don't all need to attend. Want more guidance? The United Church of Christ wrote a guide for their churches that you can also follow.

Organize a Candidate Forum 

The United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries has created a resource to help Churches plan candidate forums for local and congressional races.

Asking a Question

Advocacy Resource Asking Questions at Town Halls 

Town halls are a great opportunity to hear directly from your member of Congress. Here are some tips to help you make the most of it.