Municipal League seeks volunteers to rate candidates

May 31, 2011

By Staff

Help the Municipal League evaluate candidates as campaign season readies for fall frenzy.

The league is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to accountable, effective and open government. The organization needs volunteers to serve as members of candidate evaluation committees.

The groups include people of diverse ages, backgrounds and political philosophies to evaluate people running for local offices in King County.

Submit applications at www.munileague.org by June 3. Call 206-622-8333 to learn more.

Municipal League ratings attempt to answer a fundamental question for voters: How well could the candidate do the job?

Volunteers dedicate a few weeknights in June and July to research, interview and rate candidates. Volunteers must also refrain from active involvement in campaigns or political parties during the election season, and must step aside from the ratings process if they have connections to any candidate.

The league bases a candidate’s rating on four criteria — knowledge, involvement, effectiveness and character — as well as his or her potential to serve the community.

The goal is to provide voters with a nonpartisan view in order to make informed choices in the primary and general elections.

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