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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.

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.

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.

Commit to Vote

Action Alert Commit to vote 

Participating in our democracy takes many forms. Even during election season, there are many opportunities to make a difference before you vote on election day. But voting is the most fundamental way to be involved and make a difference. Commit today to vote on Nov. 6 (or before), and let us know your voting plan!