If you ask military personnel, clergy or first responders who they prioritize in a crisis situation, the answer will be, “whoever’s in the greatest need or peril at that moment.”

Elected officials never fail to praise this level of selflessness. They offer winning soundbites about how “love thy neighbor” is a cornerstone of American values and patriotism. But when it comes to leading by example, it’s often a different story.

With midterms approaching, the most important question to ask an office seeker isn’t about his or her platform. Instead, ask: “Who comes first?”

In other words, when faced with tough decisions, what will you prioritize — your career, or the needs of the people who gave that career to you?

The answer will tell you all you need to know about the rest of their policy positions.