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  • Elected Officials at All Levels Should Engage Their Constituents Both Before and After Elections

    Elected Officials at All Levels Should Engage Their Constituents Both Before and After Elections

    By Larry Schooler, Senior Fellow at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
    Published: June 19

    Analysis of the surprising defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor included the notion, as one county GOP chair told the Washington Post, that voters hadn't seen him. Cantor would not be the first to face accusations of being out of touch with his electorate, and his defeat raises important questions about how elected officials at all levels should engage their constituents after elections.

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