Use this guide when you want to write a more formal Letter to the Next Mayor, in which you transcribe exact words from one of your background sources, from two of the Democratic and two of the Republican candidates, and from an Independent or Third Party candidate.

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

You will be asked to transcribe three sections of your background source into your letter, to cite these quotations, and to explain what they mean in the context of your questions about your inquiry topic or issue.

You’ll also be asked to quote and to site, and to explain what two of Democratic, two the Republican, and one of the Independent or Third Party Candidates 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…>, and 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.>

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.>

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

This is 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>

Another point <Writer’s Last Name> makes in <his / her> <blog post / news item / magazine article / podcast / video> is: “<Quote from writer’s text.>” This is <adjective: a word that shows how this quote affects you and other readers> because… <Add 1 or 2 sentences>

A third point addressed by <Writer’s Last Name> is: “<Quote from the text>.” This is significant because… <Finish this sentence, then freewrite for 5 minutes about any more thoughts you may be having about your inquiry question. Write about 

Next, I’m going to summarize what the candidates for mayor and have been saying about <the issue you are writing about>.

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, Website…> <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 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, Website…> <Republican Candidate> says: <Transcribe the exact words that deal with your issue or inquiry question.>

Also, <an Independent / a Third Party> candidate, <Independent 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, Website…>

In sum, the Republican, Democratic, and Independent candidates for mayor <are/are not> clear on what they would do about <your issue>. If <Democratic Candidate’s Name> is elected, <he / she> <explain what the candidate’s plans are>. If <Republican Candidate’s Name> becomes the next mayor, <he / she> <explain this candidate’s plans>. And if <Independent / Third Party Candidate’s Name> is elected, <he / she> <explain what this candidate wants to do>.

To begin to solve the problems of <issue> in our <city or town> the next mayor, working with the City or Town 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… <Write two or three sentences summarizing why it matters to the people of your city or town.>

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 One’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 Democratic Candidate Two’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 One’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 Two’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 the Independent 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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