As we approach the homestretch of the 115th session of Congress, please begin thinking about your state’s nominations for Federal Political Coordinators (FPCs) for the next cycle. The deadline for submitting your FPC nomination letter is November 23, 2018. Letters should be addressed to 2019 NAR President, Mr. John Smaby, on state letterhead and be signed by your 2019 State President. The RPMIC Committee is currently conducting “level of interest” calls with their FPCs to garner insight into who is interested in returning for another term. They will be reaching out to communicate the results to you in mid-September. New FPC training will be held in Washington, D.C. February 7-9, 2019.
In the meantime, it will be important to brush up on the FPC job description, responsibilities and pledge. You may also want to run a copy of the quarterly performance report showing all field report progress to date in this Congressional cycle. As you begin working with your RPMIC representative and advising your EO and State Presidents it is important to keep in mind that an ideal NAR advocate holds the following attributes:
- A close personal relationship with the Member of Congress (this is ideal, but not necessary);
- An interest in politics;
- An understanding of the key issues affecting REALTORS®;
- An energy and wherewithal to carry out the NAR specified grassroots initiatives asked of this prestigious position;
- Existing relationships with other legislators, community and business leaders.
Further questions you should ask yourself as you consider candidates during the selection process.
- Is the candidate knowledgeable about REALTOR® Party issues facing Congress?
- Are they someone who can go above and beyond to build strong personal relationships with their assigned lawmakers to represent real estate?
- Are they up for the job, in terms of energy and drive?
- Does the FPC candidate accurately reflect and represent the demographic of the area they represent?
- More specifically, have you considered nominating an FPC from the following multicultural groups if your district heavily leans in a certain direction?
- National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
- Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)
- National Association of Real Estate Brokers (Realtists)
Questions? Contact Victoria Givens at 202-383-1021.