Elected officials are held to higher than normal standards while they are in office. They are expected to act and vote honorably and to represent their constituents to the best of their ability.
However, before you vote you may wonder if the people on the ballot are truly capable of upholding their end of the proverbial bargain. You may feel more comfortable about voting for politicians like incumbent House of Representative candidates, Senator Mike Crapo, presidential candidates like Trump or Clinton, and anyone else on the ballot by first learning some of the more intimate details of their public lives. Information on Mike Crapo and other politicians are widely available online via public record.
Health and Wellness Information
Elected officials serve anywhere from two to six years in office. During that time, they generally are expected to stay in the best health possible so they can serve out their terms.
Before you head to the voting booth, you might want to know that the candidates for whom you intend to vote are in good overall health. You may want to learn first if they have suffered from devastating conditions like prostate cancer or respiratory illness. These factors could compromise their time in office and prevent them from upholding their obligation to voters.
However, their health crises also might make them more sympathetic to taxpayers as well. Healthcare is a major issue in the country. People want and need access to quality medical services and affordable insurance. The politicians’ own brushes with death or serious illness could make them more sympathetic and understanding of what voters truly need from this issue.
Details of Early Years
You also may want to know what kind of childhood and teenage years the politicians have enjoyed. Some of the people up for office had challenging upbringings like many people today. Others enjoyed relative comfort and wealth.
These details when revealed in the right quantity could sway your vote either way. A politician who earned an Eagle Scout recognition in Boy Scouts, for example, could have the work ethic and morals you desire in elected officials. You may appreciate that this person has that honor to his credit.
Likewise, you might want to find out from what university the person earned his or her degree and in what field he or she majored. You may not want to elect someone into office who majored in a field that could him or her unsuited for tackling major issues like finances.
Print and Online National Media Sources
In your quest to gain all of the information you want about a candidate, you might wonder where you should look and where you can find a reliable source. The national media could be your best option for finding out most of the details. Major newspapers especially those that are published and distributed throughout the country cover both state and federal candidates extensively prior to elections.
You also may find some of the information you want on the websites of candidates. However, the information there generally has been glossed over and put in the best light. When you want the most accurate and unbiased viewpoint, you might decide to read newspapers, either in print or online, to get the fuller story on what kind of person the candidate is and whether or not you should vote for him or her.