Make Your Voice Heard

By CHRIS IRISH
Scottsdale Leadership Executive Director

In the recently published report, The Arizona We Want, only 10% of those surveyed believed that elected official represented their interests.  While this low number alarms me, I can’t help but think that each of us hold some responsibility for this.  When was the last time you spoke to your elected state officials?

In Arizona, political decisions are often based on input from a small percentage of people.  On Scottsdale Leadership’s State Government Day, we heard legislators say that they often receive less than 30 emails about a particular issue.

Start NOW… Senate Bill 1070, described by some as the toughest illegal-immigration legislation in the country, is now on Governor Brewer’s desk.  The Governor has three days to sign it, veto it or do nothing and it automatically becomes law.  Speak up. What do you want for Arizona?

If our governor and legislators heard from thousands of citizens instead of thirty, perhaps they would vote differently.

It only takes a few minutes to send an email to Governor Brewerhttp://www.azgovernor.gov.  Keep it short and sweet.  Give her the opportunity to consider your viewpoint as she decides how to proceed.   Then, save this link in your favorites.  If we want our elected officials to represent our interests, we have to take responsibility for communicating with them.  If we do it in a concise, respectful manner, I’m optimistic they will listen.

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