Do you have strong opinions regarding politics? Do your friends and family constantly tell you that you should run for a public office? Are you considering it?
Whether you’re thinking about running to be the supervisor of your town, the highway adviser or the mayor, if you are thinking about running for any public office, there are important things that need to be considered before taking on such a responsibility.
Are You Prepared for the Commitment?
Running for and actually holding office is a very big commitment. Before you decide to take the leap and start preparing your campaign, make sure that you will be able to uphold the commitment. Not only do you need to invest a lot of time campaigning, but you’ll need to invest a lot of time addressing issues and ensuring that the office and the people you are serving receive your undivided attention. Holding any office should be treated like a full-time job, and if you there is any doubt in your mind that you will be able to commit yourself, then you definitely shouldn’t run.
Are You the Best Candidate?
While you may like the idea of being town supervisor or mayor, you have to ask yourself if you really are the best candidate for the job. Don’t run just for the sake of having a title; run because you are truly passionate about the position and because you believe that you really are the best man or woman for the job.
Do You Have a Good Support Network?
There are going to be people who doubt you and who think that you aren’t the best candidate for the office you are running for – that’s just part of politics. With a good support network, you will be able to effectively handle the naysayers, keep a positive outlook and you will be able to continue to believe in yourself.
Can You Handle the Stress?
There is a lot of stress that comes along with running for and holding an office. Handling issues the best way possible, adhering to guidelines and campaigning can all be extremely stressful and if you aren’t able to handle the stress, you could crack and fail to do the best job possible.
Why Do You Want to Run?
This is the most important question you should ask yourself. Why do you think you are the best person for the job? What do you hope to achieve? What are your long term goals? What strengths do you have that will make you excel? Your reasons for running should all be positive and should be beneficial to the public.
If you can answer these questions in a positive light, than start planning a strategic campaign and get ready for a thrilling adventure.Read More