Presently in my view the best agency providing the public with the most, as close as you can get, honest assessment of candidates is the Coalition for a Better Memphis. The reason I pick this group is for three reasons: first, the questionnaire they require each candidate for office to fill out covers a broad spectrum of issues that any candidate worth his/her salt should know. I would like to say that I also thought the Commercial Appeal questionnaire was very well thought out. Second, the panel of fifteen, yes fifteen, who interviewed me seemed to be very knowledgeable. The only other organization that had such a large showing was the Teacher's Credit Union. Third, I favored their ranking system. It seemed fairer than anything else I have seen.
I would strongly recommend you turn to the Coalition for a Better Memphis as a starting point in deciding how to vote. They release their results in the Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Flyer a few days before the election. You can find them on the internet at www.bettermemphis.org.
Did anyone else use the Coalition and what did you think? If you didn’t use the Coalition how did you decide on which candidate to pick?