For this assignment, you will pretend you have decided to run for Congress from Virginia's 5th congressional district and you will write an essay about your campaign. You must use outside sources, including newspapers, and you must cite using the MLA style.
Before you start your research, make sure to read the assignment instructions several times, until you are sure you understand what is expected of you. If you have questions about the assignment parameters, please contact your instructor.
For this assignment, you will need 5 things:
 A good knowledge of the demographics of the 5th District. You should not pick a campaign issue until you know this.
 A central issue
 Knowledge of what happened in previous elections
 Knowledge of how to use the media (radio, TV, Internet, newspapers, social media) in your campaign
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