I was just thinking about that question. Why do people wait to be asked to run?
I've encouraged folks to run before, and the response I usually get is that they had been thinking about running for office someday, they were just waiting for someone from the community to ask them.
So I am asking that question because I truly believe we need all hands on deck to get out of the current crisis our state is facing, and because I believe we have to build for the long haul when there are new redistricting maps after 2020. If we don't have people who are right on the issues entering local office now, then how are we going to have a strong slate of state legislative candidates in 2016, 2020, and beyond?
I guess my advice is, if you know anyone in your life who would be great on the school board, on the county commission, or anywhere else, please tell them. You never know, that might be just what they are waiting for to give it serious consideration. I've learned not to be afraid of the potential awkwardness of telling someone that I'd like to see them in office. And you know what? There is none of the awkwardness that I feared, usually whether they say they will consider it or not, they feel complimented or flattered just to be asked.
If you ever have run for office, what made you jump into the fray? If you're considering running, what would it take for you to make that jump? If you know someone who might be good in office, have you told them yet? We've got less than 50 days now until the filing period opens for municipal elections in 2013.