Summer is in full swing, which means it’s the perfect time to invite your elected officials to attend your community association events and meet homeowners. We’ve developed a toolkit to help you prepare for and better support a legislator visit.
They’ve RSVP’d. Now what?
Congratulations! Getting a legislator to RSVP is often the most difficult part of the process. Now, you can spend time preparing for a visit. Here’s what you can do to have a productive event:
- Tell CAI: If you haven’t done so already, reach out to CAI’s Government and Public Affairs team to let them know you have an elected official visiting. We can send additional state specific resources or talking points for you to review.
- Share the news with homeowners: Publicize the event in advance to ensure a high turnout. Ask attendees to prepare by writing down positive community association experiences and what the legislator can do to support community associations like yours.
- Do your research: Learn as much as possible about your elected official. Check out his or her official website to identify their interests and issues they are currently working on.
- Stay alert: Monitor your inbox, phone, and voicemails in case of any logistical changes. Sometimes, an elected official is pulled into another event and may need to arrive earlier or later than expected, or they may only join for a few minutes. Try to accommodate them as much as possible. Remember, they want to meet with you, your board, and homeowners to learn about the community association housing model.
- Ask questions: Not sure what to do? Reach out to CAI’s Government and Public Affairs team at email@example.com or 888-224-4321. We’re here to support you throughout this process.
They’re not able to attend. Now what?
That’s fine! A legislator’s schedule could be booked weeks, if not months, in advance. If they were unable to make your July 4th BBQ or other upcoming summer event, here’s what you can do to keep the conversation going:
- Reschedule: Invite the elected official to attend an upcoming ice cream social or town hall meeting at a time that accommodates his or her schedule.
- Substitute: Ask if someone on staff is available to attend in the legislator’s place. If you have other events, such as a Thanksgiving dinner or holiday party in December, consider inviting them to those.
Check out our Constituents in Your Communities toolkit for additional support and stay tuned for more advocacy tips throughout the summer. If you have any questions or would like assistance, please contact Crystal Espie, manager of Government Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.