Maybe I feel this way because I was a political science student, but I truly believe that having communication with your legislators, national, state, and local, is an essential part of the political process. I won't tell you what I have contacted my legislators about, but each time, I had very different experiences.
Earlier this year I emailed Todd Young and Joe Donnelly. Reasonably, they don't check these, nor answer these, but the message you get back addresses your general topic. I had a response from Donnelly within a day. I seriously almost high fived the computer. It was a very well thought out response and it was speedy. Young, was lacking. Young's camp didn't reply until after the vote I was opposing. They answered not with a thank you, but instead a this is why we are voting the way we are and sorry you don't agree. I will set one record straight. I have never once in my life called myself a democrat, but I was swaying like a flag on a windy day in Donnelly's direction.
Fast forward to today. I have been churning this idea in my head since the beginning of the month. I need to be sure to write something amazing to my local government officials to support sidewalk upgrades and repairs. I need them to give us more engaging things to do.
I emailed them all. It has been an hour and two responded. Both have been very kind and asked me questions back. I appreciate my officials taking the time to ask about me and learn my story. They can't do that though unless I introduce myself.