7 ways to research local election candidates

An election is when a person in your community gives you their application and says, please hire me, I can do the job. Your responsibility like any employer is due diligence to make sure you're hiring the right person. I will give you 7 important ways to help you research candidates for any office.

1. Find out what the job entails.

The best way to find that information is by using bylaws or other official documents.

AV Joint Union HS Bylaws


Antelope Valley College Bylaws


Lancaster Elementary Bylaws


Palmdale Elementary Bylaws


2. Can that person work within a group?

Read anything you can on how boards work and ask your candidate questions to see if they know the job they are applying for.

3. Find out who is running and try and contact them.

How available are they to the community? Did they provide an email or phone number that doesn't work? These are things you should take note of.

Go to www.lavote.net

Click on "Voting and Elections"
Click "Upcoming Elections"
Click the election link that you are looking for
Click "Final List of Qualified Candidates to Appear on the Ballot"

This will give you all the contact information the candidate provided.

4. Meet the candidate in a public forum.

A great source is The League of Women Voters. In this area, they host debates, forums, and events where you will be able to see and hear many political figures in our area.

5. Join political groups on FaceBook.

25th Congressional District Election Watch


CA 21st Senate District Election/Discussion Group


Antelope Valley Local Elections


CA 36th Assembly District Discussion Group


Objectively Sourced AV Politics


There are many more. Join the different groups and if you think they are beneficial stay and if they aren't then leave. If you can't find what you're looking for, create one.

6. Find their resume.

There are different ways you can do this:

-Ask them, through email, phone, or social media

-Look them up on LinkedIn

-Google them

This will give you a good foundation to see what type of experience they have.

7. Make it a group project.

It is a daunting task to collect this information by yourself. Get a group of friends and assign different candidates to everyone then share the information found.

If you find this information useful please share with your friends. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us on FB or avempowerment@gmail.com