Candidate Evaluation Process
East Tennessee REALTORS® is the local trade association with more than 6,000 members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industry across 12 counties in East Tennessee. On behalf of our members, East Tennessee REALTORS® works to advance public policies that build strong communities, protect property interests and promote a vibrant business environment. This includes supporting city and county political candidates who share the same values through endorsements and campaign contributions through the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) — the largest nonpartisan trade association PAC in Tennessee and the United States.
In addition to the process outlined below, members of East Tennessee REALTORS® may submit recommendations of support for any candidate(s) to Task Force by emailing a recommendation letter to Hancen Sale at hancen@etnrealtors with "Local Candidate Recommendation" in the subject line. Recommendation letters should be addressed to the Candidate Evaluation Task Force and explain why the candidate is worthy of REALTOR® support. Recommendations must be submitted no later than two (2) months prior to the scheduled election to allow time for Task Force deliberation.
All candidates are asked to complete a questionnaire covering issues that impact the real estate industry. The questionnaires are developed by the association's government affairs staff based on East Tennessee REALTORS® Advocacy Agenda and reviewed by the association's Candidate Evaluation Task Force.