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SS.7.C.2.9 - Candidates & Elections


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What You Need to Know:

Student Reading Review for SS.7.C.2.9 & SS.7.C.2.7

C.2.9 - Evaluate candidates for political office by analyzing their qualifications, experience, issue-based platforms, debates, and political ads.

C.2.7 - Conduct a mock election to demonstrate the voting process and its impact on a school, community, or local level.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will identify the constitutional requirements to run for federal political office. Read more!
  • Students will recognize the requirements to run for state and local political office. Read more!
  • Students will be able to analyze and/or evaluate the qualifications of candidates for public office based on their experience, platforms, debates, and political advertisements. Read more!


Example One (Low Complexity)

Which is a constitutional requirement to run for Congress?

A. U.S. permanent resident

B. at least 25 years old

C. at least 30 years old

D. U.S. citizen


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

The political campaign posters below are for two candidates running for mayor.


According to the information on the posters, what is the reason Maria could be considered more qualified than Todd to be elected mayor?

A. her political policies

B. her college education

C. her campaign promises

D. her experience working in government


Example Three (High Complexity)

The poster below is from a recent election.


Based on the poster, what conclusion can be drawn about the candidate?

A. Doug is running for judge.

B. Doug is running for mayor.

C. Doug is running for president.

D. Doug is running for city council.


C.2.9 - Vocabulary

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Discovery Education


  • Presidential Debates (total length 0:51) from Federal Government: Electing a President: The Process
  • The Requirements for Becoming President (total length 0:48) from Federal Government: Electing a President: The Process
  • Qualifications for Federal Representatives and Senators (total length 0:45) from Federal Government: The Legislative Branch

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Textbook Review


Chapter 10, Section 4 - p. 263-265