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- Did you vote in your last elections? Yup. And I've got the sticker to prove it.
- Do you know who your elected representatives are? Mostly.
- Have you ever contacted an elected representative? If so, what was it about? Yes. The first time I contacted an elected representative, it was for the Boy Scout "Citizenship in the Nation" merit badge, which required writing a letter to your senator or representative. I wrote Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) urging him to support NASA and the US Space program. (This was several weeks after the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded.) He wrote me back a nice letter and included a copy of The Congressional Record showing his remarks in support of the space program. Since then, I've contacted my elected representatives at both local and national levels of government. I've been to city council meetings and sat in on sessions of Congress. I even wrote President Clinton a letter offering my services as a member of his Cabinet or Supreme Court Justice (highlighting my qualification as the only conservative member of his potential Cabinet or the only Supreme Court Justice without a law degree), which garnered the response of a form letter from the human resources department of the White House that contained a three-page application for employment. I didn't fill it out. Lately, I send letters to Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) on a variety of issues. A few months ago, I even received a response from Rep. Coble to a letter I never sent. (Someone else's letter was mistakenly placed in my envelope.) I'm also in frequent contact with the mayor of a small town in eastern North Carolina (not where I live) because he's my grandfather.
- Have you ever participated in a demonstration? Yes. When I was in high school (circa 1989), I participated in the Community for Creative Non-Violence March on the Capitol for Affordable Housing (aka "The March For The Homeless") (see the CCNV political action history page). I ended up "marching" about 20 feet away from Jesse Jackson for about 15 minutes. The main reason I participated in that demonstration was because Jefferson Airplane was a part of it and I really wanted to hear Grace Slick sing "White Rabbit." This was before I really knew much about politics, and had rather liberal tendencies. Since college, my political tendencies have been quite conservative, but if Grace Slick were to participate in another demonstration, I'd still consider going.
- Have you ever volunteered in an election? What was the result? No.