There is no single answer to this question. There are an infinite number of answers. You have to make your own decision about what’s best for you.

My best suggestion right now: If you’d like to participate in a program which is aimed to help people figure out their own best way to maximize their civic impact or service, check out Pathways for America. Pathways is a nonpartisan, experimental program designed to help people be more capable and confident to make decisions about how they want to and can serve our communities and country through public service.

There are lots of other programs out there, but this is one I’ve recently developed and am running, and its offerings are unique. Submit your info there to learn more.

To help frame the thought process, I’ve also created a freely available outline (you just have to request access) with some basic steps in thinking through whether you should and how best to run for office. This isn’t complete but it’s a decent starting point. Feel free to do basically whatever you want with the doc, including copying it and modifying, editing and creating your own version. Just please don’t distribute without giving credit.

And of course, if you want to chat or need help finding options for you or thinking through things, please find the contact page below and then proceed to do what people use contact pages for.


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