Eight years ago I ran for my local school board. It was an interesting experience, because while I had worked in politics for many years, I'd never actually been a candidate before.
Perhaps the strangest thing was being the one in charge. I got to decide what I said! That sounds a bit odd, but if you work in politics, most of the time you're either asking people to say something or repeating what they said to someone else. It was weird being in charge and able to say whatever I wanted.
I didn't win, but that was fine with me. The entire reason I ran was to get rid of the school board president, and in that respect I was successful.
I've come to cordially despise politics and for those new here, I am officially A Man of No Party. I've been a Democrat and a Republican and now I'm sick of them both. How I vote is my business, and I haven't given a penny to a political cause since I got out of "the game" in 2006.
Politics seems to intrude everywhere these days, and everything from the food you eat to the car you drive is now held up to a political lens. It's exhausting.
I like to think that when the election is finally over this will go away, but I'm afraid it won't. I've said before that everything happening now seems like a replay of Spain in 1935-36. I pray that I'm wrong.