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With politicians, the relationship shouldn't end after the first date. In order to take full advantage of the exposure gained during the tour, we advise you to keep in contact with your elected official. The following is a list of guidelines to help you maintain positive relations with your political representatives.

Be a Resource

If you remember one thing, remember this: present yourself as a resource to your elected officials. Pursue ways in which you can be of assistance. It's the best way to remain in contact and on good terms.

Be Positive

The political climate is always changing, so don't write off an elected official just because he or she doesn't support you today. Be positive, respectful, and keep in touch.

Be Political

If you are a supporter of your politician's party, become more involved politically. Join the party, join riding committees or associations, help with campaigning, become one of the official's key supporters.

Be Inviting

Don't be shy to invite your political representatives to speak at or go to other events you will be hosting. Launches, anniversaries, parties, conferences, and other such events are excellent photo-ops for both your archives and your politician.

Be Persistent

As issues come up, don't hesitate to start a letter-writing campaign among your staff and users. Keep your eye on this site for ready-to-send Issue Briefs.

Don't Be a Stranger

Once the politician has visited your archives, you will likely be added to a list of people invited meetings, fundraisers, parties, and other social functions. Attend these events. Encourage others from your archives to do so as well.


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