Run For Office

Every day, the Chamber is advocating for your business interests, but we can’t do it alone. We need YOU to get involved! Here are tips to help you begin your journey into public office.


Things to consider before you run:

  • Holding a public office position can be time consuming. Understand that you will be representing your local community and your constituents and you need to decide if you are committed to serving others. Don’t run for office on a whim, think it through.
  • Carefully consider the position you want to run for. What is important to you, what issues are you passionate about and what do you think that you can do differently to make a positive change? If you are passionate about local school issues, you should probably look into running for the local school board rather than city council.
  • Learn as much as you can about the local community. Consider participating in the Muskegon STAR! or Muskegon in Focus to get an overview and get involved in the community.
  • You will be in the public eye, both during your campaign and while in office. You must uphold the highest civic and moral standards for yourself and understand that you will be representing your local community.
  • If you have a family, consider how running for office will affect them and others in your life. Public office may also put them in the spot light and may decrease your available family time at home.
  • Campaigning for public office is also time consuming and can be expensive. Fundraising can help you build financial backing, but it is important to understand your financial situation before you declare a run for office.
  • What is your background? Education, experience and occupation all play a critical role in running for office.
  • What are the requirements for your chosen position? Different positions have different requirements that must be met, for instance age, residency and sometimes citizenship.

Resources for running for office:


How to get started:

  • Review the legal documents required to run for your intended position.
  • Determine your budget.
  • Build your campaign team.
  • Consider your position and continue to learn about important issues that are affecting the community.
  • Research the opposition.
  • Develop a clear strategy with your campaign team.
  • Consider how you are going to get your message of change and improvements out to the public.
  • Develop meaningful campaign literature that gets your name and message out.
  • Practice debating as well as public speaking.
  • Develop a short, concise campaign slogan.