So you want to run for public office?!

Posted on Tuesday 5 January 2010

So you want to run for public office?! A trail of candidates have entered the political scene in local county races this year looking for…well…I don’t know what. Change I suppose. But at what price comes this change for those who have thrown themselves into the political race whether it be for county judge, county commissioner, county justice of the peace, or any other public office.

Whenever anyone decides he/she wants change and takes it upon himself to make it happen, whether in the social or personal arena, one can bet there will be sacrifice. I watched an interview this morning with Ann Romney, wife of politician Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who sought the Republican nomination for president in 2008. She referred to the political scene as “tough”. To say the least, I’m sure. Just ask Sarah Palin. She of all people knows what it’s like to be on the road just trying to get elected at the voting polls.

If a candidate makes it out of the polls still alive, it is really only the beginning. Once elected the candidate-now-public-official will face further scrutiny as he/she begins putting his/her ideas into action. No longer is he/she a candidate just running for office, now he/she is employed by that office which is owned and paid for by the public. And guess what, the public’s opinion of he/she and their actions matters, especially if he/she wishes to remain employed in that position.

Good luck and best wishes to those who have begun the journey to an elected office. But be aware that it will be a road that is sometimes rough and often discouraging. And if you arrive successfully at the courthouse, that’s when the “tough” arena called politics really gets rugged. Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve, and don’t forget who you are working for.

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