Making the decision to run for office is a "big" decision. Take the time to look at the pros and cons from all sides. Be sure that you can answer some basic questions, "Why should I vote for you for office?" "What difference do you bring to the table?" "What experience can you offer to the office?" It sounds basic but many people jump into a race because someone has asked them to run, or told them that they would be a great politician--without weighing the costs to your family or to your job.
Running for office takes WORK! It will be grueling, soul-searching and just plain hard work to run for office. It takes a person that is committed to the end, has a commitment to win and a commitment to do whatever it takes to serve the people.
Yes you will be a servant to the people. Can you do that? Do you like people? You will be asked all sorts of questions, you will loose some of your privacy. Take a look in your 'life closet', are there skeletons you don't want people to know? Can you keep your cool, because you will get ticked off when people ask some of the silly questions or inappropriate questions you will be asked.
3 Questions you need to answer:
1. Is the time right? Is your family on board? Can you manage running a campaign and work at the same time, or can you take some time off?
2. Is it a good fit? Do you fit the office your are seeking, have you done your homework, do you know what the job is that has to be done to fulfill the duties of the office? Are your skill sets a good match?
3. Are you the right person for the job?
Making the decision deserves sole searching. Don't just jump because someone says that you would be good or that the pay is pretty good.
Being a civil servant is one of the most rewarding jobs...it is worth the work and there are many rewards and great fulfillment. Just be sure to go into this with your eyes open.