The Jackson County Democrats have a letter writing project to track elected officials and emphasize how our Democrats are working for all the people and the others are not. Thanks for participating.
Letter Writing Tips
- You only get one letter per month. The newspaper keeps count from the day your letter appears in print.
- Letters are read by many so this is a powerful and efficient way to get your points across.
- Words and Content:The limit is 150 words for election letters. They are strict as to length and content. The person to contact at the Mail Tribune is Gary Nelson, editorial page, 541-776-4472 in case a person submits a letter but doesn't see it published within a week or so and wants to check on the status. The Tidings will accept 250 words for op-ed pieces. It helps to use software such as Microsoft Office Word to keep track of the number of words. Sometimes letters are published in clumps according to topic which may delay them a bit.
- Choose your tone and content with forethought. Pass up flinging arrows back at the extremes on the opposition. The readers most likely to be persuaded by your letter would be independents and fellow Dems.
- Letters supporting our Democratic elected officials will be a factor in the outcome of the races next election. Give people good factual reasons why our Dems are doing a good job and working for all of us.
- Pick up on current issues as you follow them in the paper or other letters or meetings, etc. "Democrats in the News" that appears in the weekly JCD Newsletter links you to articles about elected officials and current issues.
- Be sure to include your name, address and phone ( not counted as words in the body of the letter) They may call you to confirm the first time you write. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Thanks for contributing to this effort. It really helps.