"Good" and "Politics" are perhaps not two words you're used to seeing in one sentence, but that's exactly why GoodPolitics founders Liz Coufal and Nathan Ryan are on a mission to help you meet your local candidates. With the mid-term election upon us, the organization is hosting a "Party for the People: Candidates Happy Hour & Hangout" this Thursday, October 6.
Hosted at Native Hostel from 6-8 pm, the idea is to transform that long list of names on the ballot into a roster of people you've met in person, had a drink with maybe, and hopefully had the chance to ask a few questions about what they plan to do in office if elected.
Founded after the 2016 presidential election, GoodPolitics aims to create better connections between local voters and the candidates on their ballot. Their events and resources exist to educate, inspire, and foster better relationships around the whole process of voting.
Perhaps one of their most useful resources is a Candidates Job Description, designed to take the intimidation factor away from the ballot. The comprehensive guide breaks down each elected office in a handy .pdf file, listing term length, areas represented, and job responsibilities.
"For example," reads a recent email newsletter from the organization, "the Texas Railroad Commissioner has nothing to do with railroads, the Travis County Judge isn’t actually a judge, and the Tax-Assessor Collector is also responsible for registering residents to vote. Weird, right?"
GoodPolitics first produced the guide for the 2020 presidential election, and this year's is updated for the 2022 mid-terms. The October 6 event goes one step further, creating an opportunity for the community to meet candidates face-to-face. Also on hand for the evening, representatives from MOVETexas will be available to help guests register to vote before the cutoff on October 11.
Head to texas.gov to check whether you are already registered, and RSVP to Party for the People to meet your local candidates at the GoodPolitics happy hour.