Are you qualified to run a political campaign for office?

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Someone once asked Abraham Lincoln what the office of president was really like. Lincoln said the question reminded him of the story about a man who was being run out of town on a rail. He was asked what he thought of that, and looked down from the rail and said, "Well, if it weren't for the honor of the thing, I'd rather walk.

This is still a pretty fair description of what it is like to hold elective office. There is a certain amount of honor in being chosen by your fellow citizens to manage the public's affairs, but there is also that element of subjecting yourself to the howling throng.

You should consider the drawbacks, but you probably also think you can contribute to your community, that you can make a difference, that you can handle the public's affairs and do a good job of it. You also probably have some idea of which elected office you want to run for.

The first question you need to ask yourself is the very question that is asked about any candidate: "Is this guy qualified?"

You have to ask yourself this question because every voter is going to ask it about you. During your campaign, somebody will ask you straight out why you think you are qualified for the job.

You have to be ready with a good answer, and to be ready you have to have thought about your answer, about your qualifications. There are official qualification but there are also unofficial qualifications.

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