Contacting Your Reps
First, try to meet in-person to talk. Most of our local leaders are happy to take time to talk with people in our community. Sit down with them, explain what you’re thinking, and start that conversation.
If it’s tough to schedule a meeting, give them a call instead. Same idea as the in-person meeting – explain what you’re thinking and start that conversation.
Last step – send a letter or email. At our local level, those are often read by the public official themselves.
A few key things to remember with all of these contact methods:
- Be polite and direct. This isn’t a time to wander around the point. Their time is valuable just like your time is.
- Be prepared. Do your homework and know what you’re talking about. Have the issue outlined along with various ideas for solutions.
- Don’t go it alone. Talk with friends, family, and others in the community about the issue you’re trying to raise. Have them contact public officials with you.
One last note – social media is easy to miss and/or ignore. Focus your efforts on those contact methods above rather than Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
How to Find Your Reps
For Lincoln County Commissioners, head to their website here.
If you live in the Fayetteville city limits, find your aldermen here.
Find the county school board members here and the city school board members here.
At the Tennessee state level, lookup your reps here.
For the federal level, lookup your reps here.