It is important to know who in the government and how to contact the proper elected officials when you have an issue or need a question answered. There are a few different resources to use when you have a comment, complaint or question for an elected official. Each resource will offer contact information for local, state and national officials.
Look in a local newspaper for information about elected officials which serve the area. Most area newspapers will have a place in the paper, either in the first section or the editorial sections of each edition. They may also have your area’s elected officials listed in a special section of the newspaper’s website.
Visit each government’s website. This is a great place to try and look if you know who it is you need to contact. Each city, county and state have their own websites with elected official search sections. For Washington officials, you can check out the different government websites for the Senate and House of Representatives.
Check the library. The local library is filled with resources and can be a place to go for a way to contact an elected official. Check with your librarian, who may have a list of the information behind the resource desk or he/she will be able to point you in the right direction on where to find the information.
Stop by city hall or county government offices. When looking for any elected official who represents you area, check with your town’s city hall. This is the best resource when seeking a local city or county official and may also help with finding the right contact person for larger issues.
Yellow Pages or Phone Book
Flip through the Yellow Pages. The first few pages of your area’s phone book will have a list of government agencies and contact information. In most phone books this section is printed on a separate color, sometimes blue, to help it stand out from the other pages. Within this section there is a list of all elected officials, at the time of printing, and will offer which office they hold and how they can be contacted.