Policlicks.com LLC‘s spin off platform Choices of Democracy has gone up with questions to candidates from VFW Departments in the following states – North Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Alabama. The candidates are being provided a venue to directly connect with the VFW membership and the voters at large.
These Interactive Forums are part of an on going effort, now in its 4th Election cycle, to engage more voter participation, by bringing more candidate direct information, presented in a non-partisan manner to the process of electing our representation.
Policlicks is in discussions at this time with the Internet Archive and VSocial to bring these debates and forums to you from the Presidential to the school board level from coast to coast for the 2008 Election.
Policlicks partnered with the Department of North Carolina Veterans of Foreign Wars in October 2002. Its charge was to conduct neutral, non-partisan debates and forums for the candidates running for office in the state, strengthen Miltary Family Communications and to develop the Department’s 21 st Century internet based organizational internal and external protocols.
In the same month, in an event that was hosted by VFW Post 2087 and live blogged by Ed Cone we produced and launched the first inter-active political video debate in history.
Two County Commisioner candidates, Jeff Thigpen and Jonathan Wagstaff ,squared off in separate places at different times in front of a webcam taped to the top of a PC monitor for the benefit of the voters of Guilford County, NC. Their recorded answers played through the election and where seen by thousands.
The videos shown below are from the Policlicks library and show the power of the application of the internet in the political process. We are working on uploading and donating all of our historical content to the public domain through the Internet Archive.
The following, is the first Issue Advocacy video we made. Produced for the Preddy Memorial Foundation and narrated by Congressman Howard Coble, a lifetime member of Major George E. Preddy VFW Post 2087, it advocates to add the name of Preddy to Pope Airforce Base to create the new name Pope-Peddy Air Force Base. This initiative was launched to honor the memory of Preddy who was the top p-51 Mustang Ace of all time.
This effort is still very much alive, so after viewing and if you feel inspired, the Preddy Foundation asks and encourages you to take a moment, sign the petition and forward the video on.
Tara Sue moved on after the election and became CEO of our company, bringing her creative leadership to bear leading our company through it’s crucial infancy stages, until turning over the reigns for our next stage of development to Dan Romuald in 2005.She now serves as the Executive Director of the Veterans Foundation of North Carolina.
The internet provides the ability for candidates to directly connect with the voters. Those that fail to avail themselves of the opportunity may very well find it difficult to get elected in the 21st century.
We encourge all candidates who have received an invitation to respond to this important voter education project.