Are you considering a run for local office in Wisconsin?

Let me know if you’d like help. Really, I’ve been there and done that. I even wrote a booklet on it for a college class one semester. If I know it, I’ll tell you. And it really doesn’t matter which side of center your thinking lies. Good government demands good competition for elected seats.

You don’t have to reveal yourself. Set up a dummy e-mail address and I’ll be glad to converse with you. My e-mail is in the left column towards the bottom. Replace the word (AT) with the @ sign.

Was my time in public office miserable? Not really. To be honest, it may have been a little too soon given my children’s ages at the time. The satisfying part of the job, for me at least, was how much there was to learn. Being an alderman really fulfilled my Jill-of-all-trades personality.

I will warn you to look carefully at the position. If you already have one or two jerks on your local board, it can make things really difficult. God bless those communities who live with a duck as odd as Scott Berg. On the other hand, you might be just the person to change things for the better. Oh, half the crowd around here will still say I was the worst alderman ever. (Do you know a staff person actually said that!) On the other hand, I’m delighted to say the other half thought I did a great job. I can still find changes where I started the discussion.

And really, that’s about as good as it ever gets when you’re elected.

So like I said, feel free to ask my opinion. I’m looking for the booklet I put together. (I’m pretty sure it’s on my backup drive.) If you want a copy, let me know. While a few details may have changed, I’m betting it will still help.