The committee assesses the previous track record of the incumbents such as accessibility to MPT-PAC and APTA Michigan leadership and our advocates, whether they carried legislation on behalf of physical therapy, or if they spoke in support of physical therapy bills. If the incumbent had any committee assignments and leadership positions is also taken into account.
If no incumbent is running, we talk to the candidate(s) in an attempt to see what he/she knows about the practice of physical therapy and if he/she is sympathetic to our views. This also provides us the opportunity to educate potential new legislators about who physical therapists are and what they do. In addition, we encourage the input of local physical therapists and rely on political intelligence to assist us in determining if the candidate is "electable."