The following is suggested voting advice however exceptions do occur. Food for thought…Do your interests align with the general public and taxpayers instead of government workers or other special interests such as big business? Carefully consider all points and investigate each candidate as thoroughly as possible before you go to the polls. The candidate you choose will profoundly affect your life and the lives of your fellow citizens. Education is key. Nothing is absolute as there are often mitigating circumstances.
Unless they did an exemplary job while in office, avoid incumbents who held office previously or those seeking re-election. This should especially be followed when no term limits exist.
Avoid any candidates who accept campaign donations. Such candidates have already sold off your vote to their biggest donors. In wider elections, other than city, it is often necessary to accept donations however one must now scrutinize who is funding their campaigns in order to determine where their loyalties lie.
Avoid incumbents who left behind a deficit or voted to place deceptive measures or propositions on ballot. They can no longer be trusted.
Avoid anyone who is pro public-sector labor unions (government workers) or is a representative of one. Such elected officers tend to grow government and run spending into deficits which are later covered with higher taxes. Do not confuse this with private unions such as Teamsters which are vital for protecting skilled laborers against slanted business policies and corporatism.
Avoid incumbents who did not attempt to do anything to reform government while in office. This is intentional so they could continue with their old policies.
Scrutinize the voting record (e.g. ordinances, bills, etc.) of those seeking re-election or those who wish to return to public office. This is far more revealing than anything they will say, do, or write about while campaigning.
Never vote for the “lesser of two evils” when there are other options available. Voting to be on a winning team is a sure way to lose. We must all break this habit in order to move forward.
Avoid anyone who is of the same political leanings (e.g. liberal, conservative, etc.) as everyone else in the body of elected officers because this leaves nothing to moderate spending and often leads to unrestrained policies such as “nanny-state” laws. This is true regardless of which way the body of elected officers lean.
Just like with employment, never vote based on age, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. This is the absolutely wrong approach for obvious reasons.
Become well-informed before deciding on a selection. This also means never base your selections simply because a name becomes familiar after viewing their campaign signs everywhere, a friendly handshake and a smile, or because of a call from a campaign helper (especially a robocall). Read as much about them from as many different sources as possible. This is well-informed intelligent inquiry.
If unsure of some of the measures, propositions, or selections for some fringe elected offices, it is best to leave them blank at the polls and only vote for those which you are very sure of. This is similar to prior point.
Unlike with personal relationships, in politics it is important to never forgive and to never forget. Otherwise, this sets a precedence that it is permissible for them to betray your trust again and again.
Most importantly, vote with your mind not with your heart. This means use objective criteria not subjective attributes. For example the most honest and ethical candidate may not be the best spoken or best looking of them all. Base your decisions on what they want to accomplish.