Use this guide when you want to write a more formal Letter to the Next Mayor, in which you transcribe exact words from your background source and from one of the Democratic and one of the Republican candidates.

This guide will ask you to pose a question about an issue that you think is important in the citywide elections and to explain your thinking about that issue.

You will be asked to quote and to cite, and to explain the views of one author. And you’ll also be asked to quote and to site, and to explain what one of the Democratics and one 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 Town or City>:

When the new mayor takes office in <Your Town or City>, <issue> is an issue that <he / she> and the City 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 because…>.

When we consider <issue> in <Your Town or City> today, some might wonder: <Pose a question.><Author’s Name>‘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.>

<A sentence or two or perhaps a paragraph from the source should appear here. Copy and paste a transcription of the text here>

This is basically saying <paraphrase the quote, putting it into your own words. Be sure your re-statement is clear, complete, and cogent.>

This might make one wonder… <Finish this sentence, then freewrite for 5 minutes about any new thoughts you may be having about your inquiry question.>

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.>

<In a campaign speech / In a video / On his or her campaign website / In a newspaper or magazine article…> <in / from / on> <Name of Source + link to the original article, video, Web site…> <Democratic Candidate> says: <Transcribe the exact words that deal with your issue or inquiry question.>

The Republican candidate <First and Last Name> is saying… <Summarize the general Republican positions, proposals, ideas… on your issue or question in two or three sentences here, including any areas where they are unclear.>

<Republican Candidate> says: <Transcribe the exact words that deal with your issue or inquiry question.> This is quoted from <Candidate’s Last Name>’s <campaign speech / video / campaign website / a newspaper or magazine article…> <in / from / on> <Name of Source + link to the original article, video, Web site…>

In sum, the Republican and Democratic candidates for mayor <are / are not> clear on what they would do about <issue> in <Your Town or City>. 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 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 the city.>

References

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].

Last Name, First Initial. (2013) “Title of the Article Used for Democratic Candidate’s Quote.” The Name of the Blog or Newspaper, [blog] Date Month, Available at: http:URLofSource.org [Accessed: 19 February 2013].

Last Name, First Initial. (2013) “Title of the Article Used for Republican Candidate’s Quote.” The Name of the Blog or Newspaper, [blog] Date Month, Available at: http:URLofSource.org [Accessed: 19 February 2013].

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