Exploring your local political landscape is like any great adventure you need tools for survival and success.
Essentials for civic engagement include but are not limited to:
*Voter registration card
* Facebook and other social networking accounts
*Phone and email account
* Directory (possibly self-created) of local community leaders
*Computer or pen and paper
* Several like-minded acquaintances
*Poster board and fat Sharpies
*Your checkbook (optional yet useful)
*An enthusiastic smile
These are the tools of civic engagement. Over the next few weeks I will go into more detail about effective ways to use these tools to impact your community in positive ways.