Use this guide when you want to write a more formal Letter to the Next Mayor, but without transcribing exact words from either your background source or the candidates.
This guide will ask you to pose a question about an issue that you think is important in your local elections.
You will be asked to cite and to explain the views of one author. And you’ll also be asked to explain what the Democrats and the Republicans are saying about your issue or inquiry question.
Finally, you’ll be asked to state clearly why your issue should be at the top of the next mayor’s agenda when he or she comes to office.
To the Next Mayor of <Your City or Town>:
When the new mayor takes office in <Your City or Town>, <issue> is an issue that <he / she> and the City or Town Council will need to <face / tackle / deal with / do something about / propose solutions for / start discussing…>. This is <an important issue / a big problem / a hot topic /something that must be addressed…>.
When we consider <issue> in <Your City or Town> today, some might wonder: <Pose question.> <Author’s Name of an article or blog you have read>‘s <blog post / news item / magazine article / podcast / video> addresses this question because… <Explain exactly how this resource responds to your question about this issue.>
What would the candidates for Mayor and for seats in the City Council say about these issues and questions?
The Democratic candidate, <First and Last Name> is saying that… <Summarize the general Democratic positions, proposals, ideas… on your issue or question in two or three sentences here, including any areas where they are unclear.>
The Republican candidate <First and Last Name> is saying… <Summarize the general Democratic positions, proposals, ideas… on your issue or question in two or three sentences here, including any areas where they are unclear.>
In sum, the Republican and Democratic candidates for mayor <are / are not> clear on what they would do about <issue>. If <Democratic Candidate> is elected, <Explain what he or she will probably do about your issue.> If <Republican Candidate> becomes the next mayor, <Explain what he or she will probably do.>
To begin to solve the problems of <issue> in our <city or town> the next mayor, working with the City Council, should <Explain what you think he or she should do.> This is <an important issue / a big problem / a hot topic /something that must be addressed…>, because <Say why it should be at the top of the next mayor’s priority list. Write two or three sentences summarizing why it matters to the people of your city or town.>
Last Name, Firist Initial. (2013) “Title of the Article Used for Information in Your Inquiry.” The Name of the Blog or Newspaper, [blog] Date Month, Available at: http:URLofSource.org [Accessed: 19 February 2013].