Sometimes, it’s as simple as an invitation.
I received this invitation via email from Representative Newton. Although I am not a constituent of Representative Newton, I decided to accept the invitation on behalf of the Florida Bicycle Association. I then forwarded the invite to the president of the St. Petersburg Bicycle Club (SPBC), Bruce Sobut. I figured that a few SPBC members are constituents of Representative Newton. I mentioned to Bruce that this was a great opportunity to introduce ourselves and that I planned to attend.
I attended but did not stay long. Bruce also attended and sent me the following message:
The opportunity yesterday evening falls under #2, part a and b of our “Educate your Delegate Advocacy 101” program found under Documents on our membership website:
2. Your law-maker.
a. Make contact. Visit, email, call. Meet the staff, equally as important as the elected official.
b. Offer a ride or field trip to have them experience what you experience.
This is the same ten-step program that has been shared on this blog and available for in-person presentation (send request to Becky@floridabicycle.org). Both Bruce and myself met staff and we made a connection. I even offered a guided bicycle tour using the Coast St. Petersburg bike share program.
This is the perfect time of year to make connections with elected officials and their staff. I encourage everyone to give it a try. I even made arrangements in August for a guided tour of the Oldsmar Trail with Trent Phillips, staff to Representative James Grant, District 64. District 64 is my actual district and I look forward to making the connection with Trent.
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