Does your plan for 2020 include running for Texas office?

It is that time of year again. The time when people start making goals and plans for the year to come. With the presidential election ahead, more people are thinking about the other seats that will be up for election in 2020.

Whether you are considering running for a local office in your town or a more significant office within your state, campaigning takes a significant investment of time and money.

Here’s what you should think about as you consider putting yourself on the ballot in 2020.

You know what you know

In many cases, public offices are meant for ordinary citizens who want to serve the other residents of their community. For most positions, there are few (if any) required experiences to be eligible for running for office.

As you consider the options in your area, think about what you would enjoy and what you can contribute to the community through that office. When you are constructing your campaign platform, your knowledge and experiences will be helpful as you explain to your constituents why you are the best person for the job.

Consider your long-term goals

Some people run for office and plan to pursue a lifetime of public service, while others are more interested in serving a single term to promote a specific cause or another public service goal.

Think about what you want to accomplish during your time as an elected official and what it might mean for your current career. In some cases, a full-time job can coexist with time in public office. State Representatives, for example, have a time when they are “in session” and the rest of the time, their obligations are minimal. Other positions require a bigger commitment and would require all your attention.