Wow. I decided to write about my experience running for public office in Ontario Canada. In 2006, I was the federal candidate for the Green party. I think if you google my name, there are still news stories about this. I was a full-time university student, working two part-time job and raising a child by myself so campagning was difficult. Had we had more money from donations, and more time, we would have done better.
I discovered so much about myself including that I could hold my own in a political debate with seasoned professional politicians. I learned that I didn't have to feel insecure about stanging up for what I believe in and speaking my mind. I learned how to do that effectively.
I also learned that being cut out of televised debates is one way the media controls who gets elected...
AND...most importantly, I learned just how important it is to have my say at the polls--no matter who I vote for.