Vetting

Get the endorsement that counts!

 

 

 

 

Are you running for public office? There is no better endorsement than one that comes from the people. iCaucus Citizen Led Vetting is a proven selection process that replaces special interest & party politics with citizen led participation.

Successful registration will result in a follow up contact by a local iCaucus Vetting Coordinator. You may also contact vettinginfo@icaucus.us for more information.

If you are a candidate for public office, please fill out the information below.

Thank you for your interest in an iCaucus Endorsement! Here are the details of the process.

We have carefully crafted an in depth, honest and unique process in identifying, interviewing and researching prospective candidates based on our core principles.  Our process was developed to establish consistent procedures for ensuring candidates are thoroughly reviewed and effectively endorsed.

It is the intention of iCaucus not to just endorse the first candidate that minimally meets our requirements, but to consider all candidates for each office.  Only after careful consideration, with help from these guidelines, do we decide who the best possible candidate is to endorse, within the time allowed.

Candidates must be referred or sponsored by an affiliate group or an iCaucus volunteer.  The first step is to register using the Candidate Registration.  This is located under the Vetting Tab at the top of the main page.  Complete the information required and accept the agreements.  Your information will be sent to the Vetting Director who will provide it to the correct Vetting Coordinator.  Your information will be processed through our intitial requirements, then you be contacted.  If you meet the intitial requirements you will receive the Candidate Vetting package and the Vetting Director will approve access to the Vetting Questionnaire for your race (Federal, State or other).

Candidates have 5 days to complete the Questionnaire and submit.

Our vetting and endorsement process is broken into four parts:

  1. Candidate Qualifying Questionnaire
  2. Candidate Interview Process
  3. Vetting Conference
  4. Endorsement Vote by iCaucus Volunteers and participating groups in the District

STEP 1: QUALIFYING QUESTIONNAIRE

Please familiarize yourself with our invitation letter/guidelines to gain full understanding of our Expectations and what iCaucus stands for.  We are non-partisan.  We focus on Fiscal Responsibility,Limited Government, The Constitution and Citizen Representation.

Candidates must be intent on running a true campaign and have filed their intent to run a campaign with the appropriate agencies (FEC, State Elections commission, etc) and have a viable campaign team and website

  • Must have a sponsoring group or an iCaucus referral.
  • Review the iCaucus Articles videos
  • Complete the Candidate Registration provide all necessary information and sign the Candidate Agreement.
  • Upon review, accepted candidates will be provided with secure access to the Online Vetting Questionnaire for completion.
  • When the CQQ is complete and scored if you receive 70% or better, you will recieve notification from the Vetting Director and the required background form.  Note: Vetting Director has signed a confidentiality Agreement and will be the only Volunteer with iCaucus who will see the Pass or Fail in regards to background reports.
  • Participate in a recorded interview.

 

STEP 2: INTERVIEW PROCESS

Once a Candidate has submitted their information for review and entered into the Vetting Process, the Vetting Director or Coordinator for their State or District will approve the necessary access to the on-line questions. Candidates are expected to complete the online Vetting Questionnaire within 5 days of receipt of approved access. Upon successful completion of the online vetting questionnaire:

  • Results are placed on our Candidate Tracking Form.
  • The State or District Interview Coordinator is contacted to set up a Video Conference interview with a panel of citizen’s and the Candidate, we call this the Candidate job interview.
  • Candidate Interview is scheduled/confirmed
  • Interview is held.  Note: All Candidate Interviews are recorded, using our on-line Video conferencing system.  Interview is opened with the verbal agreement to be recorded, and an introduction by the Candidate, followed by question and answer period.
  • Candidate is notified of iCaucus Member’s Conference period and date of endorsement vote.  Conference and endorsement vote begin after all candidates for that particular race have completed the vetting steps above.  The Candidates CQQ and interview will be made available to the iCaucus members and affiliate group members at the same time.  Conferencing is where all interested citizen’s in the district of the race can register to participate in the endorsement vote, review the CQQ’s and interview.

STEP 3: MEMBERSHIP CONFERENCE
If there is more than one good candidate for any given office (as determined by the Interview committees), once all interviews for a District are done, the interview(s), the answers to the vetting questions the candidates website, and the Conference instructions are posted by the Vetting Director for that State or district on icaucus.org in the New Candidate, State Area. Notification is then sent out to iCaucus volunteers and affiliated groups in the District.

  • The conference period should last for a minimum of 1 week, and no longer than 2 weeks.
  • Questions from iCaucus volunteers or registered affiliated groups, will be asked to the Candidate via the comment section on the page.  Candidate’s are expected to respond throughout the duration of the conference period.
  • Only eligible Volunteers of iCaucus and those who register to participate within the District are allowed to vote.
  • Conference Period closed

 STEP 4: CANDIDATE VOTING BY IC VOLUNTEERS AND REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS

Once the conference period has closed, iCaucus Members are then invited to vote for or against endorsement.

  • The voting period should last for a minimum of 1 week and no more than 2 weeks.
  • Only those qualified members can vote.
  • The appropriate Vetting Director will send the voting email to the designated members. There will be a one-week period for members to submit their vote. At the end of that week, the Vetting Coordinator will calculate and score the votes. This information will be provided to the Vetting Team, the members, the Candidate(s), and posted on the website.
  • If the vote is to endorse the Candidate, then the Candidate and the members will be notified and a Press Release Issued. If the vote is to not endorse then the Candidate and members will be notified.  If a 70% for a Single Candidate vote, or 60% in a Multiple Candidate Vote is not reached then we will not endorse a Candidate in that race.
  • If our Candidate does not win the primary, then we will not endorse a Candidate in that race, unless the endorsed and/or the members of the district request.

NOTE: iCaucus does not manage or run any candidates campaigns. The candidate’s campaign is the sole responsibility of the candidate. iCaucus will oversee the citizen’s vetting process, promote the iCaucus endorsements, provide information for members and affilate groups in districts on how to support our endorsed candidates through community forums, and opposition research to educate the citizens. Training for iCaucus teams will be provided to coordinate a Campaign Team, establish various positions and set up the Campaign pertaining to support of the iCaucus effort.

If you are interested in being endorsed by iCaucus, please contact our Vetting department at vettinginfo@icaucus.us  to begin the process.  We look forward to learning more about you!

 

THIS SIGN UP IS FOR CANDIDATES ONLY! 

If you would like to Volunteer for the iCaucus vetting team you can sign up HERE.