Thank you for your interest in an iCaucus Endorsement!We have carefully crafted an in depth, honest and unique process in identifying, interviewing and researching prospective candidates based on our core principles. Our process was developed to establish consistent procedures for ensuring candidates are thoroughly reviewed and effectively endorsed.
It is the intention of iCaucus not to just endorse the first candidate that minimally meets our requirements, but to consider all candidates for each office. Only after careful consideration, with help from these guidelines, do we decide who the best possible candidate is to endorse, within the time allowed.
Candidates must be referred or sponsored by an affiliate group or an iCaucus volunteer. The first step is to register using the Candidate Registration. This is located under the Vetting Tab at the top of the main page. Complete the information required and accept the agreements. Your information will be sent to the Vetting Director who will provide it to the correct Vetting Coordinator. Your information will be processed through our intitial requirements, then you be contacted. If you meet the intitial requirements you will receive the Candidate Vetting package and the CQQ Coordinator will send out the Vetting Questionnaire for your race (Federal, State or other).
Candidates have 1 week to complete the Questionnaire and submit.
Our vetting and endorsement process is broken into four parts:
STEP 1: QUALIFYING QUESTIONNAIRE
Please familiarize yourself with our invitation letter/guidelines to gain full understanding of our Expectations and what iCaucus stands for. We are non-partisan. We focus on Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, The Constitution and Citizen Representation.
Candidates must be intent on running a true campaign and have filed their intent to run a campaign with the appropriate agencies (FEC, State Elections commission, etc) and have a viable campaign team and website
STEP 2: INTERVIEW PROCESSOnce a Candidate has submitted their information for review and entered into the Vetting Process, the CQQ Coordinator for their Region or State will send the Candidate necessary access to the on-line questions. Candidates are expected to complete the online Vetting Questionnaire within one week of receipt of access information. Upon successful completion of the online vetting questionnaire:
STEP 3: MEMBERSHIP CONFERENCEIf there is more than one good candidate for any given office (as determined by the Interview committees), once all interviews for a District are done, the interview(s), the answers to the vetting questions the candidates website, and the Conference instructions are posted by the Vetting Director for that Region or State on icaucus.org in the State Group vetting forum. Notification is then sent out to iCaucus volunteers and affiliated groups in the District.
STEP 4: CANDIDATE VOTING BY IC VOLUNTEERS AND REGISTERED PARTICIPANTSOnce the conference period has closed, iCaucus Members are then invited to vote for or against endorsement.
NOTE: The independence Caucus does not manage or run any candidates campaigns. The candidate's campaign is the sole responsibility of the candidate. iCaucus will oversee the citizen's vetting process, promote the iCaucus endorsements, provide information for members and affilate groups in districts on how to support our endorsed candidates through community forums, and opposition research to educate the citizens. (training for working with the State and District Managers will designate a Campaign Liaison for each endorsed Candidate, chosen from iCaucus members who reside within the candidate's district, who will establish impaign teams. Training will be provided to coordinate a Campaign Team, establish various positions and set up the Campaign efforts). Areas of help that can be provided include, but are not limited to:
If you are interested in being endorsed by iCaucus, please contact our Vetting department at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process. We look forward to learning more about you!
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