In Chicago, all eyes are on the mayoral race as it starts to heat up. But here at EveryBlock, we know the race for mayor isn’t the only important election in February 2011. This year, there will be a significant number of open alderman seats throughout the city, and we want EveryBlock to be the place where candidates and residents can have conversations about their community. To help support this effort, we’re excited to announce the EveryBlock badge for aldermanic candidates.
The idea for the badge came about as we started to see candidates using EveryBlock as a way to start discussions and share useful information.
Any Chicago aldermanic candidate who has declared plans to run by November 22, 2010, is eligible to receive a special “aldermanic candidate” designation, which will appear next to his or her name whenever they post a discussion or comment on EveryBlock. This badge will make it easy for neighbors to identify candidates who are participating in discussions on the site.
We encourage candidates to use EveryBlock as a forum for open conversation by inviting residents to ask questions about their experience and priorities. At the same time, we also want residents to feel free to ask candidates about their plans to address important issues in their ward.
Candidates, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include your first and last names, plus a link to your Web site and/or filing petition on the Illinois Board of Elections site. If you're not an existing EveryBlock user, we'll create an account for you and e-mail you your login information. If you're already a user, let us know what e-mail address you registered with.
As the elections get closer, we hope to see lots of great discussions – both neighbor-to-neighbor and candidate-to-resident. And after the votes have been counted, we want EveryBlock to continue to be the place for neighbors to discuss important issues or news with each other and their community leaders.