Raleigh, N.C. — Whether in Washington or Raleigh, a representative government can't be held accountable if citizens don't know which lawmakers are acting on their behalf.
This week, @NCCapitol launched an application to help you quickly find who represents you in the General Assembly and the Congress. Enter your address, and you'll get photos and contact information for each of your five representatives in state and federal government.
It's a simple tool we hope will help readers better understand the politicians we cover and who they're representing back home.
It's also a work in progress.
In the coming months, we're hoping the application will be just one piece of a more comprehensive system to track the business of North Carolina's elected leaders and provide more context to our political reporting.
As part of that effort, we want to know what you'd like to see.
What will help you dive deeper into the stories from downtown Raleigh you see from us every day? Alongside our regular fact checks, ad spending monitoring and Promise Tracker, what tools should we build to more effectively hold state policymakers accountable?
We'll be thinking hard about those questions in the coming weeks. In the meantime, share your thoughts by contacting me here.