We see politicians in action every day and hear about the decisions they make in the media. But have you ever considered what motivated these individuals to run for office, how they learned the skills of the job and what the impacts might be on their personal lives? Taking on the role of an elected representative for your constituency is not a nine-to-five job and it is important to be aware of that before you jump in at the deep end of political life.

This guide is intended to provide a practical, hands-on guide and tool kit of: things to consider before you make a decision to run for public office in your municipality, town or city; how to campaign; and, useful strategies once you are sitting at the decision-making table. It is a high-level road map – an insider lens – to help inform your decision whether to run, and how to prepare to take on the task once elected.