Here are some criteria which I made up to serve as basis to pick up my candidates:
- Those who stand alone. It's okay to have supporters (legal ones) or to belong to a group or party and help each other, got no problem with them... but for those who uses the popularity of their parents or relatives in their campaign, I'm thinking otherwise. Some candidates even have posters whose image of their popular family member or relative are much bigger than them, that I find it misleading. I would choose the candidates because of their first name and not their surname. Just simply saying, prove your worth first.
- Based on experience. Having said "candidates proving their worth", means that they had previously experienced serving as a government official, especially for those running in the key positions such as senators, congressmen, governors and mayors. Newbies should start first serving the people as vice(s) or in other lower positions in the government and create a reputation for their names first by gaining needed exposure and experience and doing good on their jobs. Let me put it this way, I wouldn't let someone drive a car with my family inside, if he doesn't know how to drive.
- With good reputation. There were those politicians whose names were tagged with controversies, graft and corruption, immorality, those who previously used illegal means or cheated their way to a seat in the government and even those who haven't done anything during their terms... those who served themselves first and not the people... very unbecoming of a public servant, definitely not voting for them. There are even candidates that can't or just won't follow simple regulations in campaigning, more doing illegal activities like vote buying, using threat or cheat just to insure they win. What more will they do if they are already in the position?
- A person with strong faith and conviction. They say, vote for those who's already rich for they won't need to steal money anymore. While some say, choose someone who's from the masses, for he knew and felt how hard it is to have less, and thus will have sympathy to the people. But history would tell, it doesn't follow. Many of those who doesn't need money became abusive with their position and power and many of those who have less became rich because of their position and power. But a person with strong faith will fear to commit sin before our Lord. There's no amount of riches or power that would destroy his relationship with Him.