From now until November 3, many candidates for local and state offices will be meeting constituents, participating in candidate forums and seeking votes. Elections offer many opportunities for Auduboners to educate candidates about key conservation issues. Local government officials in Virginia make many land use and other decisions that impact the environment. State legislators in 2016 will deal with issues like clean energy, land conservation and enforcement of environmental laws.
One source of information on key issues to raise with candidates for state offices is the Virginia Conservation Network at www.vcnva.org.
Who's running for what? The candidates and ballot information are here: http://elections.virginia.gov/index.php/casting-a-ballot/candidate-list/. To find out about offices for which an election will be held this year, visit http://elections.virginia.gov/index.php/media/calendars-schedules/special.html.
How can you meet them? Check with your candidates for debates and other events, as well as your local League of Women Voters. For example, for Fairfax County, you can find their candidate events here: http://www.lwv-fairfax.org/2015MeetandGreet.html.