5 by June 5:€“ Turning up the Volume on Medical Progress


When it comes to midterm primaries, June is a blockbuster month: 17 states are holding primaries through June 24. Today, primaries are set for Alabama, California, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota, and next Tuesday, June 10, primaries will be held in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Virginia.

From now through the general elections, it is a great time to get involved in the Ask Your Candidates! voter education initiative. One way to participate is by joining us in our 5 by June 5 (5X5) awareness effort, in which we are guiding voters to ask their candidates about medical progress and recruit five people to do the same by June 5.

As you may know, Congress plays a key role in determining funding for noncommercial medical research and formulating policies that incentivize ’€“ or de-incentivize ’€“ private sector medical innovation. Who we elect affects whether new treatments and cures are discovered or lie dormant. That’€™s why voter education is so important.

To get involved with 5X5, there are three easy steps:

1) Send a message. Visit our action alert page and compose an original message or send the ’€œpre-drafted’€ message directly to candidates. Candidates may either reply back to the sender or send their statement to askyourcandidates@researchamerica.org.

2) Spread the word. Encourage friends, family members or colleagues to get involved in the awareness effort. To help you recruit people to participate, we have created an image (see below), which can be accompanied by the following text in a newsletter or on Facebook.

By June 5, help us get 5 people to ask their candidates for congress if they will champion funding for medical research and policies that ease the development of crucial treatments and cures. Ask your candidates by visiting http://www.capwiz.com/ram/issues/alert/?alertid=63167326. #AYCresearch


3) Share the responses. Forward your candidates’€™ responses to askyourcandidates@researchamerica.org.

Thanks for helping us spread the word ’€“ your efforts matter.

Follow Ask Your Candidates! on Facebook and Twitter. #AYCresearch

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We have health challenges in this country that science will provide answers for if given the chance and we haven't given science that opportunity
Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America