Making the Decision to Run for Public Office

The decision to run for public office should not be taken lightly. Below is a list of serious questions that all potential candidates (local, state or national level) should consider before making the commitment to run for office. The potential candidate should take the time to carefully consider each question and weigh the pros and cons of such an important decision. The potential candidate should also seek the opinion of their spouse and family and discuss how running for office would impact all of them. It is important that the potential candidate's decision to run for office would be supported by their family. 

Serious questions that should be considered before making the decision to run for public office.

    1. Do I want the Job?

 

    2. Do I know what I want to do with the Job?

 

    3. Can I take the time to run for office and work, take classes, etc.?

 

    4. Is this the right time?

 

    5. Can I take the name-calling, lies and gossip?

 

    6. Can I win this election?

 

    7. Can I afford to lose?

 

    8. Can I afford to win (if taking a pay cut)?

 

    9. Can I raise enough money?

 

  10. Can I do this to my family?

If you are thinking about running for office in 2014 or 2016 then you should begin considering these questions immediately. A successful campaign demands that you make a decision and begin constructing the groundwork of your campaign very soon. It is too late to start your campaign only 1 year out from the election date. We encourage you to begin the process now. Consider the above questions first. If you are still thinking about running after taking the time to carefully answer the questions above, then contact us and we can discuss it further. 

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