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Voting for Ethics

A How-to Guide for Voters

“Voting for Ethics” is a non-partisan, how-to guide for U.S. voters. It will help you identify the hallmarks of an ethical candidate and make a more informed decision -- whether for your local school board or the 2020 presidential election.

Sadly, Hana Callaghan, author of “Voting for Ethics,” passed away in January 2020 just after completing the manuscript for the book, one of her greatest passions. In an effort to make the resource available to the voting public as early as possible in the 2020 presidential election process, the Ethics Center is making the finalized manuscript available here for free download. The book will be available in hardcopy and electronically through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other distributors in the near future. Until then, download your free copy and cast an informed and ethical vote.

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From the Honorable Tom Campbell, former five-term Congressman from Silicon Valley:

“Hana Callaghan's How-to Guide for Voters will become the standard for good practice for years to come. Candidates will be asked to subscribe to the principles announced in her book, because they are clear, practical, and powerful guides to stay on the right side of ethical behavior. This will also be a reference book for ethics committees of Congress and state legislatures, as they encourage elected officials to stay a safe distance away from any problem behavior.

“In preparing this volume, Hana Callaghan drew from her experience in government service, political campaigns, and academics and also solicited best-practice suggestions from many candidates and office holders. She also inspires with her faith in our constitutional democratic republic, its institutions, and those who would serve it.”

 

About the Author

Hana Callaghan

Prior to her passing, Hana Callaghan was the director of the Government Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Hana had a distinguished career in law and public service, government, and politics, and had recently authored Campaign Ethics: A Field Guide about engaging in and organizing ethical political campaigns.

Hana served eloquently as the voice of the Ethics Center in all aspects of government ethics, and her astute analysis of politics and issues garnered her numerous media interviews with a variety of local and national media outlets. Her contributions to Santa Clara University and to the Ethics Center through teaching, public speaking, and dynamic videos that included interviews, as well as online learning, helped advance the community’s awareness of ethics in the political sphere.

 

For more information, please see the Press Release for "Voting for Ethics."