Engaging a Texas Candidate
Washington Newsletter No. 785, June 2018
A May campaign event for Beto O’Rourke, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, gave Advocacy Corps member Jordan Navarro the chance to ask about climate change. Jordan, who attended the event with several friends, asked O’Rourke, who currently represents Texas’s 16th congressional district, if he would support bipartisan legislation and international efforts to address climate change.
In response to Jordan’s question, O’Rourke promised support in both these areas. He went on to praise the efforts of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus to find practical climate change solutions. O’Rourke said he would continue to support action on climate in the Senate.
Jordan now has the opportunity to follow up with O’Rourke, now as well as after the election. Candidates are accountable to their voters, and asking questions at events gives you the opportunity to make sure candidates know your priorities.
Jordan is an organizer in FCNL’s Advocacy Corps, a 9-month paid program for young adults between the ages of 19-30. Organizers connect local activists and leaders with their member of Congress. They work for long-term policy change and gain hands-on advocacy and leadership experience. Find out more at fcnl.org/advocacycorps.
If you go to a campaign event, do what Jordan did and send FCNL a photo! Let us know how it went and what kind of response you received: firstname.lastname@example.org.