OneVirginia2021 recently sent the following information:
The first-ever Virginia Redistricting Commission is in the process of coming together and things are moving very quickly. The Redistricting Selection Committee (5 retired circuit court judges) has been selected and the application for citizens, who will make up half of the Commission, is officially open until December 28th! With the holidays upon us, this time is going to fly. Can you share the following information with Suffolk Democrats to encourage more folks to apply?
The Commission will work best if it accurately represents the racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity of the Commonwealth. Creating such a Commission will be much more likely if there’s a wide, diverse pool of applicants from different backgrounds.
The biggest thing to remember is what makes a good commissioner: someone who knows their community and is ready to listen and work with others to do right by all Virginians. The most important thing someone can bring to the table is their own unique perspective and life experience. A good commissioner is not necessarily an expert in mapping, politics, or computers.
If you are thinking of applying, start now! If you’re on the fence, we encourage you to go for it! If you’re ineligible or unable to serve, think of people in your orbit who would be right for this role and share the application information with them. Don’t forget, you need three letters of recommendation to apply, so don’t wait!
Need help with your application? Email email@example.com and we’ll gladly lend a hand.
Need a letter of recommendation? We can help.
According to the job recruitment website Indeed, your letter of recommendation should include five items:
- A brief introduction that states who you are, your relationship to the applicant and your personal experience or expertise.
- An overview of the applicant’s strengths as you’ve experienced them and as they relate to the recipient.
- A personal story that elaborates on one to two traits the applicant possesses.
- A closing statement that summarizes why the individual you are recommending would be a good fit for the opportunity.
- A signature that includes your name and contact information.
As the one asking for the letter, it would help if you also provided the writer with an up-to-date resume and job description to give them a full understanding of your experiences and achievements.
For additional tips, Indeed has a great primer on what goes into an effective letter — including formatting, a template and examples of different types of letters.
We hope you’ll apply or find someone else to put their name in the applicant pool! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and we will be happy to help.