These Guidelines are designed for all participants and are divided into 3 sections. Depending on your role here more than one section may apply. Please review each of the sections so that you will understand what we are asking of everyone.
All Participants ask yourself
Can I Focus On:
Specifics rather than Generalities,
The Problem rather than the Person
Behavior rather than Character
Facts rather than Motives
Information rather than Who's Winning or Losing
How angry am I? Am I going to let my anger get in the way of hearing what the candidates have to say?
Mediator: Also ask yourself:
Am I asking the questions appropriately?
Am I contributing to any conflict between the candidates?
Am I communicating in a businesslike manner?
Am I assuming something about which I should be asking a question?
Am I helping my audience understand what the candidates are saying?
Am I permitting the candidates to:
Point fingers at and blame each other?
Brag about past accomplishments?
Rehash other’s past mistakes?
Criticize the other members?
Use “weasel words”?
Use “political rhetoric”?
We want to know what you will do if you are elected.
We want to know how you will handle problems.
We want to know how you will correct past mistakes.
We do not want to know what you think previous office holders have done wrong, unless you are going to point out a better way to do things in the future.
If you choose to refer to a past event, we expect that you will:
Make sure your facts are quantifiable and empirically provable.
Answer questions clearly and simply.
Talk about yourself, not your opponent(s).