The best way to find out what is going on at the local, state, or federal level is to hear it directly from your elected representatives!
Many elected officials send out an email update about what they are working on and pertinent information for their constituents. Sign up for and read these email updates to get a better understanding of what is happening in your area and how to speak up in favor or against initiatives and legislation that impact you and the issues you care about most!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Find out who represents you — from the local level to the federal level — by inputting your address at vote.utah.gov and selecting “Contact My Elected Officials” in the column on the right. Then send an email to your elected leaders asking to be put on their email list. Officials you may want to contact include:
- Your two U.S. Senators and one Congressional Rep – Many of your elected officials also have social media where you can follow them and contact them about being added to their email list.
- Your state senator and state representative – Many of your elected officials also have social media where you can follow them and contact them about being added to their email list.
- Your county council or commission member(s) or county mayor
- Your city council member(s) or mayor – Your city council may have a website with an email sign up area. For example, if you live in Salt Lake City, you can visit https://www.slc.gov/council/about-us/find-your-council-member/. Once you know who your rep is, you can click on the “Stay Informed” button and opt into the correct emails for your district. If your city council does not have that option, you can email your council rep and ask to be added to their email newsletter.
- Your state school board member or local district school board member
Learning about what is going on in your community may mean signing up for emails from neighborhood community council or school community council.
- Search For Your Community Council – You can put the name of your neighborhood or city and the term “Community Council” into a search engine and find a website or a Facebook contact, then reach out and asked to be added to their email list. For example, If you search “Salt Lake community council” it will lead you to this page: http://www.slcdocs.com/comcoun/pdfs/Community_Orgs_List.pdf which has listings for all of the currently registered community organizations.
- Search For Your School Community Council – Members and meetings are posted on school district websites.
Initially, it may take a bit of work to figure out where to sign up for elected official emails. When you do, however, you will have a direct line of communication straight to your inbox about what your representatives are doing at every level of government to help you stay informed and better able to take action if and when you want to get involved!