CANDIDATE CERITIFICATION CHECKLIST

CANDIDATE KNOWLEDGE 

Has the candidate been trained/experienced in the responsibilities and accountabilities sustained by a legal candidate in the State of Washington?  Candidate schools are presented by the major political parties and various advocacy groups.  On the North Olympic Peninsula, a workshop on being a legal candidate is available from the Independent Advisory Association and no cost.

CANDIDATE COMMITMENT

Does the candidate exhibit the commitment to the elected office to which he/she aspires as an obligation of service to the people of her/his constituency?  Has the candidate committed to the level of effort required to mount a campaign for the office in question?  Has the candidate adequately articulated her/his basic issues/policy positions

CANDIDATE TRANSPARENCY

Does the candidate intend to run a transparent and accountable campaign and guide his/her conduct in office in a similar manner?  Does the candidate demonstrate a willingness to hear the voice of the people who elect her/him to office

CANDIDATE SOBRIETY

Is the candidate careful to avoid fringe movements on the far right or extreme left?

Separatists

Those that advocate living outside of the boundaries of the US and Washington State constitutions while residing in those jurisdictions.

Extreme Libertarians and Anarchists

Those that reject the obligation of community and are in favor of those who reject their communities through violence, vandalism or disregard.

Extra-constitutional movements

Those that seek overthrow of government by other than constitutional means.

Authoritarians

Those that seek to concentrate power in the hands of the few or ultimately a single authoritarian.  This category includes extreme socialists and communists.