Ballotpedia's Candidate Connection

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At Ballotpedia, we believe that everyone deserves meaningful, reliable, trustworthy information about their candidates. We also know that good information—especially at the local level—is hard to find. That's why Ballotpedia created Candidate Connection.

We ask all federal, state, and local candidates to complete a survey and share what motivates them on political and personal levels. Our survey helps voters better understand how their candidates think about the world and how they intend to govern—information they need to feel confident they're picking the best person for the role.

Questions vary depending on the office the candidate is running for, and candidates can, for the most part, decide which and how many questions to answer. Two questions we do require of every candidate:

  • Who are you? Tell us about yourself.
  • What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

We believe that these best illustrate why a candidate is running and what they hope to achieve in office.

Are you a candidate in this year's elections?
Take the survey here.

Candidate Questions

To view a sampling of candidates' responses to the survey, use the arrows with the tool below to scroll through real responses we've received. Click the orange "Choose Another Candidate Question" button in the tool to select a different question.