WCF is committed to doing more than talk about coming to common ground. WCF chooses candidates who can demonstrate the ability to reach common ground in their life’s experience. What is common ground after all? It’s just the place where people with diverse ideas can find the best in the ideas of others and move forward. What does that take? Understanding where each is coming from. How we all got to a place in which we need to work together. Where we can go from here.
Where do our interests meet? Around simple (but essential) matters. Is a democracy – our democracy – a government for all or a government that works for only a few? Our country has long prided itself on our education system – will it be strengthened or weakened by our elected officials and policies? Old people are our people – many don’t have the ability to pay for medical treatment – do we care? We only have one planet – only so much natural capital – so what?
These, and more, are the questions our democracy needs to answer. So WCF chooses candidates who can work with others to search for and find answers.
One of WCF's three criteria for PAC support is that the candidate commits to common sense and common good as the essential factors driving good governance and can demonstrate, through specific achievements, the ability to reach common ground solutions.